Eight Paint Colors That Will Stand the Test of Time
Picking the perfect paint color (not to mention, the right finish!) can make or break the entire look of a room. Color can affect your mood, making you feel energized or calm. It can also make a space look smaller and cozier, or can open a room up. But there are a host of things to consider in deciding on the right shade: Will the year's trending colors stand the test of time? How do you incorporate new hues into the room's existing furniture, accents, and décor scheme? And how much should you take the room's lighting (or lack thereof) into account?
While the answers to these questions will certainly vary by room or furniture piece, our home editor, Lorna Aragon, has curated a go-to palette of colors guaranteed to look chic for years to come. Whether you're looking to spruce up your floors with a fresh coat of paint, or you've been searching for the ideal color to beautify your bathroom, calling attention to its fixtures and detail hardware (hello, clawfoot tub!), she's got you covered.
Once you've picked out the color for your space, it's important to learn how to prep for your specific paint job (you'll want to patch up any holes and ensure your furniture is well covered), along with this step-by-step guide to painting a room. Then, get inspired to give your paint job that final "wow" factor with our round-up of pretty paint finishes, from fine linen and faux-bamboo textures to fun gingham and Batik patterns.
Gray has been a longtime go-to, but its beige-inspired cousin is just as easy to love. "Sherwin-Williams' Perfect Greige is a warm, not at-all-cold gray that works anywhere, even on floors," says Aragon.
Sherwin-Williams "Perfect Greige," gallons start at $32.99,
Sure, they're trending as one of 2019's best colors to paint your living room, but bringing earthy greens into any room can also help transform it into a much more grounding space. Aragon adds: "Mossy green Behr Seaweed Salad would be beautiful in a powder room with brass fixtures and hardware."
Seaweed Salad," gallons start at $27.98,
Blues have long been a favorite shade throughout the home, from bedrooms to kitchens. Aragon even suggests painting your front door in the shade, particularly Benjamin Moore's Van Deusen Blue. "It's saturated and dusty—not too dark, but impactful."
Benjamin Moore "Van Deusen Blue," gallons start at $44.99, benjaminmoore.com
Whether you're looking to go full-color, as inspired by one baker's charming vintage home, or simply spruce up a few accent pieces, Aragon loves Benjamin Moore's Golden Bounty, "a deep, true yellow that brightens up smaller items, like chairs and side tables."
Benjamin Moore "Golden Bounty," gallons start at $44.99, benjaminmoore.com
Make a serious statement in your kitchen with Farrow & Ball's Preference Red which Aragon describes as "a rich, bold color that would look gorgeous on glossy kitchen cabinets."
Farrow & Ball "Preference Red," $110 per gallon, farrow-ball.com
"I like not-too-girly, neutral pinks. Pratt & Lambert Alamar is muted, like the inside of a seashell," says Aragon.
Pratt & Lambert "
Alamar," gallons start at $42.96,
To add a little color among white walls, Aragon suggests painting a ceiling or trim in Clare's Views: "It's an easy-to-use blue with a little green in it."
Clare "Views," gallons start at $49, clare.com
"Green with a bit of yellow, C2 Paint Leap Year reads like a neutral. It's a pretty wall color for a sunny room."
C2 Paint "Leap Year," gallons start at $52.99, c2paint.com