Drumroll please….It’s finally here, my favorite paint post! I’ve never had more requests for a blog post in my 5 years of blogging. I had clients, blog readers, SnapChatters, Facebookers, fellow designers, and just so many people ask me to share my favorite paint colors. Over the past few years I’ve had my ups and downs with paint. I’ve made very bad decisions and very good ones, but all-in-all, those trials and errors have led me to picking my top 16 favorite paint colors, which include shiplap and trim colors, exterior colors, interior colors, and even some darker statement colors (even though I’m not really a statement wall kind of girl). When it comes to design, I love to create beautiful, blank slates for my clients. That way they are able to easily put their own touches on the home with pictures, furniture, and decor. Plus, if they want to completely redesign their home in a few years, they can with just a swap of a rug, new knick-knacks, updated pillows, and possibly a new chair or light fixture. Design changes all the time, so I’m sure I’ll discover more colors that I love, but for now, these are the 16 I’ve been sticking to because I know they work. Sometimes—especially when it comes to paint—you stick with what you know. Bad paint truly can ruin an entire home (not to be dramatic). Hope this post is helpful!
One of my big tips is to always have a bunch of cheap paint brushes to paint samples on your wall. I got these from Home Depot. Remember to paint the samples on a few different places in your house—some in a shadow or away from a window and at least one near natural light. You’d be shocked how different paint can look in different lighting situations. BIG TIP: Paint samples before the walls are primed! If you paint them after they’re primed, you’ll be able to see the outlines of the samples when the light hits them. If you have to paint them after the walls are primed, paint them close to the trim or away from natural light.
These are my favorite colors for shiplap and trim. If you love super super white trim, stick with as white as it gets: Ultra Bright White (Behr). If you want something about 5% off white, go with Polar Bear (Behr), which looks amazing on walls, too! If you need a cool-tone white use Decorators White (Benjamin Moore), but if you’re looking for a slightly warmer white, I recommend White Dove (Benjamin Moore).
Wall colors are super hard to pick. I tend to lean towards lighter, brighter colors in order of lightest to darkest. Here are some of my favorites:
Favorite light wall colors:
Favorite medium wall colors:
Favorite darker walls colors:
And here they are in all their glory, my top 16, most beloved paint colors!