Some people know what general paint color they want but struggle with envisioning the exact shade. Others are just scared to commit to color because they're not sure what works best with their furniture. One of the points about paint is that the colors you may like may be very different from colors you want to live with.
Some shades translate perfectly to walls. Some, although beautiful, are better saved for fabrics or rugs. Here are some shades of popular, tried and true paint colors along with some exact colors that translate very well to walls.
Blue - A favorite choice for a bedroom is a soft sky blue with a subtle sage undertone. Blue is calming and a logical choice for slumber-inducing relaxation. A great color choice is Benjamin Moore's Quiet Moments 1563, which is best paired with a crisp white.
Green - Long admired is the shade of green in a kitchen. It's perfectly paired with the white cabinets and does a good job of adding warmth. An excellent color choice is Benjamin Moore's Guilford Green HC-1, which is best paired with any color cabinet and it’s the 2015 color of the year.
Red - When selecting a red, we suggest a pure, fire engine red. Paint one or two walls and then throw in some more red in rugs or fabrics. Red pairs well with blue or brown as accents. A great color choice is Benjamin Moore’s Red 2000-10.
Yellow - One of the trickiest paint colors to get right is yellow. A tip for picking a yellow from a paint fan deck: Select something that looks almost beige. Yellow is always much brighter on a wall than on a paint chip. A great color choice is Benjamin Moore's Mushroom Cap 177, which adds a warm and inviting feel to any room.
Brown - A favorite neutral color for walls is brown. There are many beautiful shades of brown that are so versatile. Brown works great with orange, green, red and other neutral shades. A perfect shade of brown is Benjamin Moore’s Saddle Brown 2164.
Gray - A soft gray with beige undertones is a very inviting color. It's a great solution for those who feel gray is too cold. Loved for its versatility, beige is also a great choice as a backdrop for an art collection. The most popular color in Benjamin Moore's color deck is Revere Pewter HC-172.
Lavender - A soft, barely there shade of this color is gorgeous and looks best with a crisp white trim. A great color mixed lavender with robin's egg blue or gray accents. Lavender-kissed walls are perfect in Benjamin Moore's Organdy 1248.
White - White is really one of the most asked-about colors. The perfect white is sought after for cabinets and trim. Undertones in white paint are important and can really shift a palette. A favorite pure white is Simply White OC-117, by Benjamin Moore. This white is gorgeous in a kitchen with crisp with no undertones. It looks great against any color. PLUS it is Benjamin Moore’s 2016 Color!
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