The 10 paint colors designers always use

The 10 paint colors designers always use


With hundreds of shades to choose from, go straight to the best. These tried and true paint colors work for the pros, so they’re sure to hit the right note in your home too.

Bleu palladian, Benjamin Moore

“This blue-gray-green shade can be used in almost any room. It’s an especially good choice for cooling a very sunny room, or creating a tranquil bedroom”

Garden Stone, Clark+Kensington

“I try to stay away from colors with heavy blue undertones, and I direct my clients toward warm grays that will stand the test of time,” say Ace design expert Katie Reynolds.”

Manchester Tan, Benjamin Moore

“This shade is my go-to warm neutral,” says Elissa Morgante, co-principal of Morgante-Wilson Architects .

Compatible Cream, Sherwin Williams

“This creamy shade is warm, inviting and very flexible when it comes to coordinating with colors with adjoining rooms.”

Intense White, Benjamin Moore

“Don’t be fooled by its name  this color gives off a grayish tone.”
Colorhouse Paint
“I always return to this color for ceilings,” says interior designer Chloe Warner .”It isn’t so pink that it stands out, but it reflects flatteringly on everyone in the room.”
Revere Pewter, Benjamin Moore
“This is my go-to color when working with an open floor plan,” says Abbe Fenimore, founder/principal designer at Studio Ten 25. “A fail-safe neutral, it works with all styles, from traditional to modern, and both warm and cool color palettes. It’s a great alternative to white, as it adds enough color to a room without overwhelming.”
Decorator’s White, Benjamin Moore
“This shade has the most brilliant pure white undertones,” says Brittany Zachos of Zachos Design Group .
Essential Gray, Sherwin Williams
” This color provides a clean, sophisticated backdrop,” says interior designer Kerrie Kelly .
Wool Skein, Sherwin Williams
“If you’re looking for a great neutral that will play with the other colors you want to bring into your space, try this one,” says interior designer Arianne Bellizaire .”I love this color because it won’t turn ‘pink’ on you.”
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