Today Annie, Mary Ann and I are joining some of our favorite bloggers to share our favorite paint colors.
Choosing a wall or trim color in your home may seem daunting. The task of picking the right color is not as simple as selecting the paint chip in the store. Every neutral has it’s own undertone and it may not be readily apparent. The trick is to pick the right neutral for your particular situation considering the undertones and the natural light. I do not have a scientific approach to color. I always put the paint on the wall in different areas with different light situations before making my selection. Here are my favorite neutral paint colors.
When choosing paint colors for a client I usually do an inspiration board like this one below to give them an idea of what the paint will look like with the other elements in the room.
I don’t care for high contrast walls and trim. I prefer to either paint the trim the same color as the walls but a different sheen or paint them a shade or two lighter. This dining room has Edgecomb Gray on the walls and simply white as the trim. The late afternoon light causes the wall color to take on a rosy glow.
Here are the same wall and trim combination in another area of the house in a different light.
Don’t choose a color by seeing it in print or on a computer screen try it out.
The main floor of my home is painted Benjamin Moore Spanish White. It was a bit of an experiment. I have a lot of art by Pat Huber and other artists. I prefer a cleaner white to show off the art. Here it is in my upstairs hallway. The stack of boxes becomes the star.
I strayed from my usual favorite White Dove. This white is crisp and can take on a greenish cast at times. In this room, it’s very warm feeling.
Here in the hallway on the north side of the house, the color appears much cooler.
When it comes to white I am normally partial to Benjamin Moore White Dove. It is a soft rich white with a creamy undertone. All of the trim in my house upstairs is painted white dove as are the hallway walls. When we repainted my daughter’s old room for Summer I didn’t want to change the bedding. The dust ruffle in the room was khaki linen. We painted the room Monroe Bisque and cut it in half and left the trim white dove.
ne of my very favorite grayish neutrals is halo by benjamin moore. We fixed up a little cottage several years ago and painted the entire interior halo with white dove trim. Sorry for the bad cell phone picture. The house was small so we didn’t want to break it up with multiple colors.
Here is the same color in my guest bedroom. Note how different lighting effects the colors. The bedroom below is on the north side of the house so the color appears cooler and more gray.
I would have to say the most versatile neutral in my arsenal is Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan cut in half. This color has been around for years. The key is to cut it in half. I don’t know how many times I have used this color. It is very calming and comforting. Here it is in my guest bedroom. As you can see this room is flooded with light.
Here is the same color in a more modern environment in a recent project. The walls and trim are also Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan cut in half. Here the room is also flooded with light but the color absorbs a lot of the green from the surrounding trees making it appear much cooler.
We are using it on a current project where we are using it in most of the house. Nearly every time I suggest it the owners are skeptical. They always love it once it is up. It has an uncanny ability to adapt to its surroundings. It is great for people who are afraid to go all white.
When selecting paint colors for your home have the paint store mix up several samples. Paint large samples in various areas of the room in different lighting. Check the colors at different times of the day before deciding.
If you would like more help selecting your favorite paint colors check out my Pinterest board devoted exclusively to paint
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