30 Tips From Expert Designers On Paint Shades And COLOR Advice


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Mount Vernon Conservatory with Victoria Hagan for House Beautiful

Mount Vernon Conservatory with Victoria Hagan for House Beautiful

“You see a particular shade of Aegean white all over the Greek islands, where the white washed houses seem to incandesce in the light. Each village looks as if it has been planted into the side of the cliff, and this lime wash paint feels equally organic. I’ve used it in a dining room where the mottled, chalky texture creates a sense of age and looks beautiful in candlelight.” Darryl Carter

Shades of blue with a little gray boost a beachy vibe. A range of blue-gray shades reflects a comfortable, easy lifestyle, whether you’re lakeside or landlocked.  Camel, natural linens, and seagrass all work really well with this palette, and it pairs beautifully with dark wood finishes and classic black and white” Nate Berkus

“Try this trick when choosing colors. Get a sample of the hue you like plus three variations: one lighter, one more gray, and one more brown (look at the adjacent strips on the display for these). “A color with a little bit of ‘mud’ in it will be more sophisticated,” Molly Luetkemeyer

Bedrooms and bathrooms are a natural fit for soft shades of blue. Many china patterns incorporate a medium-blue, so dining rooms as well as table linens in a deeper shade of blue are a wise choice.  Try to avoid being too monochromatic. It is the pop of an opposing color or the layering in of another shade that kicks up the level of sophistication. Blue-and-white is practically a neutral—it works with everything. Bright colors like fuchsia and orange accent indigo and navy well, whereas medium accents such as clover or lemon yellow make for nice vibrant pops when mixed with pastel shades of blue. Neutrals like taupe and khaki work for a more tailored and masculine look. There aren’t too many ways to fail with blue. Just know the difference between a bright beachy hue and a darker, moody shade, and pair your accents accordingly ”  Jane Scott Hodges

Choose a pink that is found in nature, like the pink in a sunset. What I’m seeing is less of a blue-gray pink and more of a coral pink. It’s a natural evolution from orange” Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey

“It’s important to choose colors that are easy to live with, which means ignoring trends. What’s timeless is to invent your own color schemes. But I confess that I frequently get the best ideas from looking at antique rugs, which incorporate colors in such unique ways.” Bunny Williams

On Orange Colors That Border Yellow “These lighter colors are refined, classic, and livable.  But don’t let orange stray too far and wash out. Avoid light yellow, it disappears. The best shades (speaking of orange) are vivid and earthy and influenced by browns.Asler Valero

Natural wood tones, sandy beiges, and limewash finishes balance barely-there blue rooms. And don’t forget about paint finishes. Chalky flat finishes are warm, while shiny blues will give a bit of a chill” Stephanie Hoppen

“Stray toward purples featuring more of a blue hue than that of mauve or pink. Purple with a touch of blue can be energizing”  Sara Story

“The whole city of Jaipur, India, is painted pink. It’s an exuberant color, optimistic and positive. Jaipur pink reminds us that we’re all alive and everything is possible. I like this type of paint, because it has a chalky layer underneath that blooms through and gives it a patina. Try it with saffron and orange.” Windsor Smith

“Use a deep color such as chestnut or rusty red for dramatic effect in a powder room or small den. When you have a really small room where there’s no way you’re going to make it look big, make it more of what it is — small and dark — but make it dramatic”  Cecilie Starin

“Blue and yellow is a common color combination, but it’s generally pale blue and butter-yellow. I love disparate rich colors paired next to each other—like taxicab and indigo. The tension that they make on the color wheel is dazzling. Each color makes the other more vibrant than when they stand alone.” Miles Redd

On Mint Greens– “These “grayed-down” greens work well with other natural colors, such as the orangy-brown tones of hardwood floors and well-worn copper. “Really, anything that looks like it’s been sitting out-side, weathered by the elements or faded by the sun, blends beautifully with these shades of green.”   Prefer a more modern look? The gray undertones, Schlotter adds, make the hue extremely versatile. “Pairing the color with a creamy white, such as [Pittsburgh Paints’] Cream Puff, changes the look to modern and minimalist. It also complements darker, more dramatic grays like graphite.” Color expert Dee Schlotter

“Even when I don’t use the same colors everywhere, I still like the rooms to feel connected. The bedroom should never feel like it’s in a completely different house from the living room – the whole house has to make sense as one.” Mona Ross Berman

“The formula for Prussian blue was born in what is now Poland. It was one of the first
artificial pigments and replaced the ultra expensive ultramarine, unleashing a tsunami
of blue into the world. Without it, we wouldn’t have those smart Prussian military uniforms or Picasso’s Blue Period. I’d use it in a bedroom with crisp white trim.”Alexa Hampton

“I never paint a ceiling dead white because all white paint has a bit of gray in it, and it takes the room down. Paint the ceiling a cream shade.” Derse Athalie

“If a lighter cream tone is what you’re after, watch out for green or gold undertones. Hold the colors you’re considering against a true-white paint chip to look for a rich cream with a brown base”  Mary McGee

Chartreuse is such a happy, spirited color. The name comes from the yellow-green liqueur made by monks in the Chartreuse mountains of France. I tend to gravitate toward the yellow side of the spectrum, and this shade is so multifunctional and rich. It looks amazing with anything from ebonized woods to whites.Kelly Wearstler

“Pompeian red is the red—with a bit of rusty orange—that you see in the background of all those frescoes in Pompeii. Amazing that they’ve survived for millennia. Red creates a wonderful contrast that brings everything else into focus. It’s gorgeous, very Italian and very romantic. It has the glow of the sun in it.” Brian J. McCarthy

Black looks strikingly fresh to me. Once it was reserved for dungeon dwellers and the most daring decoristas, but now it’s a glamorous neutral that just oozes chic. It glows in sunlit spaces like nobody’s business and is a pristine backdrop for jewel tones, brights, and, eternally, white. Opt for an eggshell finish, which won’t show every mark and fingerprint.”Elaine Griffin

Blue is not only for boys. I use it all the time because it’s so versatile. It works with almost any color — coral, pink, green, chartreuse, yellow. My teenage daughter’s bedroom is this pale blue that reminds me of the slightly dusty, more aged blues used back in the 1940s. I did it with this wonderful bright red Sister Parish fabric, and it should take her right through college.” Derse Athalie

“Everybody thought for a while that cream was it, and then it went out of favor. But I think it’s coming back in a big way. Trust me. It’s crisp, and it’s warm, and warm tones always make a room and everyone in it look better. I think it’s as chic as can be.” Kerry Delrose

“Terra-cotta is not the trending color. It’s offbeat, unexpected, and earthy, and that
kind of individuality seems modern to me. In shimmery high gloss, it’s also sexy. It would give artwork and antiques a fresh context and make them younger and more exciting. Maybe I should try it in my bathroom!” Glenn Gissler

“In places where there isn’t a lot of light, don’t go with grayed-down colors. Choose ones that have a little more white. “Moody” gray-greens hold up better in sunnier locales”  Kishani Perera

Orange somehow feels modern and warm, which is what people are looking for these days. The right orange fills a room with energy, and this color—inspired by the Orangerie at Versailles—is the perfect balance of freshness and elegance. Paint the trim white
and it will remind you of a Creamsicle!” Benjamin Dhong

“When you hear ‘gray’ you think dreary, but this is a wonderful gray that has a lot of light in it, especially when paired with white trim. Even on a dreary day it looks good. Plus, it’s a color that works well with so many other colors. It’s absolutely beautiful with peacock blue accessories.”
— Mary Hickey, Minneapolis designer

“Easy on the eye, easy to live with. It’s a robin’s egg blue-green with a bit of muddiness to it. I always like my colors a little muddy.” Melissa Birdsong, Lowe’s Vice President Of Trend Design

Clay BeigeThis is my go-to whenever a neutral, but not boring, background is needed. It’s a chameleon color. It has the amazing ability to read either warm or cool and never fails to make its surroundings elegant in any light.” Mandy Lowry

“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,”  Katie Reynolds, Ace Design Expert

Intense White by Benjamin Moore- “Don’t be fooled by its name — this color gives off a grayish tone. It’s an ideal backdrop for those who aren’t brave enough to go with a bold color, but still wish for a subtle contrast with white trim. I love pairing this modern hue with transitional furnishings for a more contemporary mix.”  Irene Lovett For Designstiles

Many of these quotes were found from Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, and Elle Decor

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Interior by William Diamond and Anthony Baratta, The World of Interiors, January 1994. Photograph by Henry Bourne.

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