Selecting the "perfect" paint color is one of the hardest decisions a homeowner or designer has to make. The multitude of color options and subtle variations in color families can be overwhelming, even for a seasoned professional. Add into the mix the wide range of tones a single wall color can produce based on the light levels and types of lighting being used in a room interior and it's enough to make your head spin! However for all the strife, finding that 'just-right' color for a room that complements the architecture, lighting, furniture and decor elements within the space is so satisfying and truly transformative. Adding color to your walls is an inexpensive and easy solution for refreshing any space!
When thinking about some of our favorite colors, Amanda and I both realized that we are totally in love with all things gray- from cool blue-tinged tones to warmer taupe and purpley-brown grays. As with any family of colors however, there is a lot of variation between grays and it can be quite tricky to find a truly neutral gray as a lot of them will have hints of blue, yellow, green, brown, or purple in them. These undertones can become more or less noticeable depending on the lighting and other colors within the space. Ultimately when it comes to picking the best color for your space the never-fail solution is to just pick up a few samples of some of your favorite colors (almost any paint supplier provides these now for a nominal cost) and paint these colors on a white foam board or on various places on your walls within a room to see how the paint works in your space. The nice thing about painting your samples onto a board is that you can simply move the board around to different parts of the space to see the color in all lighting levels and during all parts of the day.
Following are some of our favorite colors from Sherwin Williams that we have used personally, professionally, or have seen online or read about. Remember that the color on the screen is at best a good representation of what these colors will actually look like. Sampling is the best way to see how these colors will really look.
Not to play favorites between brands, we also selected some of our favorite Benjamin Moore colors that we have used or seen in spaces. Most contract painters use Sherwin Williams paint but Benjamin Moore consistently ranks high among consumers for color options, durability, and ease of application. While both of these paint brands are more expensive than your big-box home improvement store brands like Valspar and Behr, there are several benefits to using better quality paint, particularly when it comes to durability and the number of paint applications required. However you don't have to break the bank for paint- you can take any of these colors to be color-matched at your local home improvement store!
Hopefully some of our favorite color selections will help you when deciding on a new shade for your home!