Simply put, there is an insurmountable number of paint colors to choose from. Deciding which shade is one thing, and figuring out what room to cover it in is a whole other beast.
That is why we narrowed down your choices to a handful of tried and true shades from decorating experts to make your decision a little bit easier.
Best Shade of Muted Green: Benjamin Moore Flora AF 470
If you are looking for that perfect shade of green, interior designer Rebecca West from Seriously Happy Homes suggests Flora by Benjamin Moore. “The blue-green paint is rich without being too dark, and earthy without feeling too heavy. It pairs beautifully with medium and dark wood tones and works with a broad range of interior styles from traditional to modern.” You can never go wrong with a soft sage colored paint, and it can instantly make any room feel more soothing and relaxing.
Best Shade of Dusty Blue: PPG Porter Paints CHALKY BLUE PPG1153-5
Paintzen color expert Kristen Chuber shares her top paint color: Chalky Blue by PPG Porter Paints. “Somewhere between blue and gray, this velvety shade can actually be used as a neutral. It looks beautiful with bright white trim, but maybe even more impactful with rich, black accents. We have also seen this shade used beautifully in a monochromatic palette, alongside other shades of blue-gray, both on the lighter and darker side of the spectrum.” Try using this hue in your kitchen, one of your bathrooms, or in the bedroom.
Best Shade of Light Gray: Benjamin Moore Alaskan Husky 1479
“There are a small number of timeless and classic shades we always find ourselves coming back to when searching for the perfect neutral,” says Alicia Weaver of Alicia Weaver Design. “Alaskan Husky by Benjamin Moore is one of them. It is a classic shade of gray that complements accent colors.” Light silvery grays work beautifully in guest bedrooms and in front entryways.
Best Shade of Apple Red: Glidden Red Delicious 00YR 08/409
“Red is a powerful and energetic hue,” says PPG Paints color expert Dee Schlotter. “Red Delicious by Glidden is a deep red that would serve as a bold and stimulating color for an accent wall.” We think it looks particularly refreshing when paired with white trim. While it’s a bold hue, it’s a timeless version of red that will look great for years to come.
Best Shade of Dark Blue: Benjamin Moore Gentleman’s Gray 2062-20
Susan Williams, an interior designer at Siren Betty Design, first used Gentleman’s Gray by Benjamin Moore when designing rooms for a local bed-and-breakfast. Shortly after, everyone at her company fell heads over heels for the shade. “We loved it so much that we painted our office wall the same color. We think it looks especially great in a gloss finish—the way the light reflects of off it is gorgeous and gives any room a lot of character.” A blueish gray this deep gives a serene, comforting vibe and works very well in a place like the bedroom.
Best Shade of Dark Green: Farrow & Ball Card Room Green No. 79
Interior designer and color expert Moll Anderson, believes in the power of green. She says the color gives us a sense of balance that is both calming and relaxing. One paint color that is found to be particularly therapeutic is Card Room Green by Farrow & Ball. It harmonizes perfectly with tones of gray, mustard, and pebble.
Best Shade of Warm White: Sherwin-Williams Alabaster SW7008
What is the perfect white paint color for homes with a north-facing view? Interior designer Claudia Leah says, “Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams is my go-to white to warm things up for a northern exposure.” You can’t go wrong with a lovely creamy white, no matter what room you choose.
Best Shade of Soft Greige: PPG Paints Whiskers PPG1025-3
Nuanced pastels can inspire comfort according to Dee Schlotter. Pale colors are also fueling a hot home trend thanks to the growing popular popularity of the “hygge” movement, a Danish concept that promotes happiness by focusing on creating cozy contentment and overall well-being. “One paint color that is representative of ‘hygge’ is Whiskers by PPG Paints. It is a subtle shade of greige, perfect for enveloping a room and making it feel like a cozy retreat,” says Schlotter.
Best Shade of Taupe: Sherwin-Williams Poised Taupe SW 6039
Sherwin-Williams color trend expert Sue Wadden considers Poised Taupe a gorgeous neutral shade with timeless versatility and broad appeal. “It’s a lovely color that people fall hard for because the shade is very easy to live with—it is stunning paired with white. It also works well with a palette of blues, especially denim and country blue colors.” The color also works in homes inspired by retro colors including terra-cotta orange, avocado, pink, and mauve.