My Favorite Non-Neutral Paint Colors
Picking a paint color is hard, and we are no strangers to that process and fact. Typically it involves heading to your local paint supplier, grabbing WAY too many paint chips, and then coming home taping them up to the wall and then letting them sit there for months unable to make a decision (we are actually doing a video about this all soon). It just isn’t that easy.
So because we are constantly getting request asking what color we painted certain rooms and because we have done some of the leg work in finding which colors really work well, we have pulled together our go to paint colors that we have tried and tested – and love. So without further ado here are some of our recent favorites in no particular order.
Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball: Not only did Ginny use this in her gorgeous Dining Room, but I recently painted my Master Bathroom the same color. It is the perfect happy blue without being too royal, and unlike our other favorite Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball it doesn’t feel too dark or moody.
Sharkskin by Portola Paints: – A light blue that doesn’t go baby blue and also has enough gray in it to feel sophisticated and adult. I painted Charlie’s Room this color after trying a green color that didn’t work with the space, and also painted our Laundry Room this color. I love how perfectly it went with our plaid tile floors and how happy and bright it made the space.
Green Smoke by Farrow & Ball: We painted the island in our Kitchen this color and I am in love with it. It is a happy bright green that has such a great tone to it so that it doesn’t go too forest green or too apple green.
Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball: Hands down the best navy blue on the planet. It has the most perfect amount of green in it, so it’s not purple-y. I’ve used it three or four times now including in my Old Kitchen, and love it every time. It can be really dark if there is no light on it, and much lighter if there is. It’s just deep, and intense, and modern, and yet totally classic.
Wolf Gray by Benjamin Moore: We painted the Silver Lake Hill’s Kitchen project cabinets this color after finding the cement tiles that we used in there and it has now become another one of my favorite blues. (You know how much I love blue, so there is no such thing as liking too many in my book). This color is the perfect slate blue that bounces light around room and instantly brings some sophistication to the space.
Blue Note by Benjamin Moore: This is the moody blue that we painted the Moody Midcentury Office project. It is a very saturated color so if you are not looking for a dark room then it might not be the best for you, but for a small space or somewhere that you are looking to bring some drama it is such a pretty color.
Van Courtland Blue by Benjamin Moore: – We painted Sylvia’s Master Bedroom this color and it could not have been more perfect to really infuse a calm but happy color in the room. It is a really soothing blue and really plays well with some warmer toned wood, or accessories like the coral blanket we used on the bed.
Newburyport Blue by Benjamin Moore: It has a very similar hue to Stiffkey blue but feels a little bit more saturated and bright. Against the white wainscoting it really popped and worked well in Sylvia’s Dining Room. Not the best picture but it was such a beautiful blue on our old front door and it made me so happy every time I walked up to it. This is the color I think I’m going to paint our entry dresser …
Rectory Red by Farrow & Ball: – Since we are on the subject of doors, I went with Rectory Red on our new front door. It is definitely a bright and happy red, and is by no means subtle but it does have enough tone and saturation to it so that it doesn’t feel too fire engine red. Reds are hard, but this one makes me so very very happy.
Pirouette by Divine Color: We painted Nicolette’s Dining Room this soft pink that they sell at Target and it is just the right shade without going too baby pink. It is in between a coral and a bright pink, which makes it the perfect adult appropriate shade.
So, which ones are your favorites or are there any we forgot to include that you have wanting the paint color on? We are currently working on our favorite neutral colors roundup, so if you are looking for the right white, gray, cream, or beige we have that coming up very soon.
If you have any color recommendations please leave in the comments. We are always looking to expand our color repetoire …