April 12, 2017
7 Paint Colors That Won’t Go Out Of Style
If you’re a person who loves to change things up every year or so and make sure your walls are dressed with the most on-trend colors, you’re probably paying close attention to color forecasts like Pantone’s color of the year. But for those who want to paint it and forget about it for the foreseeable future, something with a longer shelf life, as it were, may be in order. Whether you just don’t like to paint (or abhor paying someone else to do it!) or have features in your home like soaring ceilings that make it hard to pull off (and expensive!) finding colors that will stand the test of time is important. Choose from these classic shades and trend-proof those walls.
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
This light gray shade is a go-to for designers and creates a chic palette. It’s consistently Benjamin Moore’s top seller for numerous reasons: the warm undertones that allow it to adapt to any space and style, and its ability to create “a unifying look that calms and restores,” said Benjamin Moore. “A great transitional color, it’s perfect for an open floor plan.”
A quick note on quality paints: Many of the paints here are pricier than what you might find at Home Depot. Keep in mind that a higher-quality paint will tend to last longer and clean up better. But, if you want to save a few bucks, looks for annual sales or take a paint chip from a high-end paint store into Lowe’s and ask them to color match.
Benjamin Moore White Dove
For those who have never owned a home before, getting rid of the white walls and replacing them with splashes of color when they do buy is on their must-do-right-now list. But, in many homes, like architecturals and Spanish styles, white walls look amazing. That doesn’t mean leaving them bare, however. Finding the right hue when you’re going with white is every bit as important as when searching for other shades, and that goes double when you’re looking for the right white for your kitchen.
“White is really one of the most asked-about colors,” said Houzz. “The perfect white is sought after for cabinets and trim. Undertones in white paint are important and can really shift a palette. A favorite choice because it’s a “pure white,” said Houzz, White Dove “is crisp with no undertones. It looks great against any color.”
Pratt & Lambert Antique White
This white is the optimal choice “if you have to paint a room quickly and don’t know what to do,” said interior designer Athalie Derse in House Beautiful. “It’s a home-run color – a dirty celadon that has been in the line forever. It works for any environment – modern or traditional, no problem – and with any color – blue, red, yellow, tangerine.” Elle Décor has several other great options for go-to white paint here.
The most popular color in the world? Blue. And, thanks to its varying shades from just a whisper to almost-black, its versatility is also beloved. The “one thing remains consistent: it’s stunning,” said Elle Décor. “And because it works equally well as both a statement color and an accent in a room, it’s no wonder designers love it so much.”
This light blue has gray undertones, which gives it an unexpected depth and sophistication. It’s a great choice if you want to layer in bolder décor but leave your walls looking stunning but a bit more sedate.
Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige
This beige-gray hybrid is a great choice if you’re looking for a neutral that will still look great years down the line. It brings a rich feel and can suit any type of décor and color scheme. You can see more examples of how it looks in different spaces here.
Benjamin Moore Old Glory
If you want to go a little bit dramatic without being overly bold, “This classic cobalt has a softness that makes it the perfect accent in almost any space,” said designer Emilie Munroe in Elle Decor. “I’ve used it in high gloss for a contrast front door and on a dining room ceiling in tandem with graphic black and white wallpaper. Both applications are unexpected, warm and add a hint of Americana to the space.”
Valspar City Chic
“This taupe is effortlessly chic,” said designer Erinn Valencich in House Beautiful. “It reminds me of a warm stone color, something you’d see on the walls at the Louvre. Mixed with crisp Parisian black and ivory, it’s truly a timeless combination. It would look especially stunning with gold or brass accents.”