Picking the best paint color can be very tricky. Here are some of my favorites.
If there is one thing that can completely transform a space with very little DIY know how, it’s paint. One of the most inexpensive room upgrades, but also probably one of the biggest sources of frustration. Not only will I give you tips to help avoid making some mistakes, I’m also going to share all of my favorite colors.
Sherwin Williams Watery SW6478
One of my most asked about interior colors whenever I show pictures of my eat in dining area. It’s the perfect coastal teal in my opinion. It’s bright, but not overwhelming.
Accent Wall Behr NYPD N480-6
Side Wall Behr Whisper White HDC-MD-08
Whisper white is a soft brighter white and doesn’t have yellow undertones. The NYPD that I used on the wood accent wall is a softer almost heather navy blue.
Sherwin Williams Riverway SW6222: Behr Marquee
Riverway is a very versatile color and can go with a wide variety of other colors. I get so many compliments on this color and it’s been one of my favorites.
Behr Dandelion Wish MQ4-12
I had the hardest time finding a yellow that wasn’t a school bus yellow. Dandelion Wish gives me just that. It’s a golden vibrant yellow, but not too bright.
Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17
White Dove has been my go to white until I found Whisper White. It does have more of a yellow/creamy undertone, but is still very pretty.
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl -OC 52 (above shiplap)
I struggle the most with gray and they typically end up being too blue for me. Gray Owl is seriously the most perfect light gray that I’ve used.
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt SW6204
Sea Salt is a chameleon color, but it’s still a very pretty color to use. It’s a modern greige, but with green undertones. It’s a great neutral and very coastal.
This one tip is a game changer
This stuff is literally a life saver. They come in 9×12 sheets, I cut mine in half, and paint on my sample. Don’t forget to write the name of the color on the sample sheet.
These little squares of magic allow you to “try out” your paint color on the wall, but you can move it around to different parts of your wall without actually painting on the wall. If there’s anything that I’ve learned the hard way, different paint looks different in every space and different times of day. Plus it saves you from having squares of paint all over your walls.
Chances are someone you know has also gone on a quest to find the best color white, or the best coastal blue. Whatever color you’re thinking about, ask around.
Get paint mixed anywhere.
Most people don’t know that you can get your favorite colors mixed at any paint retailer. My favorite paint is the Behr Marquee, but Home Depot can pull the color formula from any brand. This was most helpful when I wanted a Benjamin Moore color, but wasn’t close to any Benjamin Moore retailer. It’s also a great tip if you happen upon any paint sales.
The best part about paint, it’s not permanent. If you don’t like it, you can always paint over it. I have painted rooms multiple times to get the perfect color, but hopefully with my help, you won’t have to do that. It is amazing what a gallon of paint can do to freshen up and give life to a new space.
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