My current go-to interior paint colors

LETS FACE IT everyone hates choosing paint colors. It’s an important aspect of any home yet everyone seems to have their own opinion of what good looks like.

Lets take gray for example. It’s so popular and yet so hard to choose. WHY? Its too purple, its too cold, its too blue! So annoying! When I go to pick out a color, that will be in the majority of my house, I want it to be right.  I will go to 5 different stores and get color swatches in the gray category that are different brands and compare them to one another. I spread them all out and start the process of elimination. Another great way to explain it to people is by using the color swatches that have the whole family, from lightest to darkest, on one strip.  When choosing a gray, if the darkest color at the end of the strip is black its going to fall in the cold, purple, blue category. Think of it this way, if you are trying to use a gray that is earthy enough to use with your wood furniture up against it you should think brown gray.  If your furniture is mostly black, then going for a gray that has black at the bottom of the strip is ok to use. If you are like me, and you have lots of brown furniture that you want to pair with your gray walls, then you need to find one with earth (aka more brown less black) in it.  See comparison below.

The best gray color that I’ve found, surprisingly, came from Walmart. Now remember, you can have a color swatch, from any store, mixed at your favorite store as long as your swatch is CLEAN. Make sure you use a fresh swatch to color match. Not one you have been caring around in your pocket or purse. The computer reads what it sees. Also if you ever find you need more paint, take in the can, with the mixing instructions used before so they can use the exact same recipe. Otherwise it could be off just enough to notice.

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 8.05.22 PMGRAY (Prehistoric Stonehenge 11194 @ Walmart) – The color I chose is called “Prehistoric Stonehenge” from Walmart. I have it in my whole house. My oldest daughter has mostly black and blue furniture and it comes off grey, that said, I have the exact same color in my other daughters room and she has all wood furniture and it also compliments it very nicely.

 

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 7.58.38 PMLIGHT GRAY- If its a lighter grey you are looking for (Repose Gray HGSW3477 @ Sherwin Williams) is a nice subtle gray.

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 8.09.17 PMWHITE – I Pair all my colors with my go-to white trim color from Home Depot and its called (Swan white 98YY 82/022 @ Glidden). It has a little bit of color so its not bright white, not yellowish either, or off white in color. Just a hint of warmth. Oh, one more thing… because I use this color on all my trim, doors, crown, and door casing, I get it in a semi-gloss paint.

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 8.06.35 PMLIGHT PINK- A little pink can go a very VERY long way. Pink is another one of those colors that is very tricky. Most people tend to grab for a bubble gum pink, but when you paint the whole room, that pink is like yeast and it really grows. That said go light, almost white in fact, with a hint of pink. I love the color (Blush Wine BHG301 @walmart). Learn from my mistakes. Trust me.

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 7.59.50 PMBLUE- My current favorite blue color is (Silvermist SW 7621 @ Sherwin Williams). Very soft blue that looks great in Bathrooms, or kitchens. I painted my master bedroom in this color. Very Pretty.

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 8.00.28 PMBLUE/GREEN- Another good one is (Sea salt SW 6204 @Sherwin Williams) I have not used this one in my own home, but I recommended it to a friend of mine to use in her home and it turned out very pretty. It’s not too minty in color and is complimented by whites, shabby chic or a hint of vintage.

 

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 9.17.58 PMDark Toupe – I love this color (Chinchilla PPU24-03 Behr @ Home Depot). I used this color in my half bathroom. I wanted to do some really tall board n batten in the bathroom that was all white. Above, however, I wanted to use a pop of a really dark color. I love the contrast. This color, in my opinion, would be very risky to use in an entire room, but for a small 18″ band around the top of the bathroom, it gave it just the right balance.

 

I get all of my interior wall paints in an eggshell. That is my preference. The darker the color the less sheen you should go with FYI. Eggshell is always safe, no matter the color. One last tip. I keep a swatch of all my colors in an envelope in my purse at all times. I know, I’m weird, but when I’m out and I want to make an impulse purchase of new throw pillows, throw blankets, wall art, etc. I can pull them out and see if it will match before I even make the purchase. I have used it countless times and am so glad I have them in those moments.

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