My Go-To Luxury Home Interior Paint Colors
It’s no secret that after months of spending forced time indoors, we’re all feeling that desperate urge to make some serious design changes in our homes. But online shopping can be dangerous when we’re cooped up and bored, so my advice is to back away from your laptop slowly and consider something that can have infinitely more impact: paint. There’s really no better way to dial up the mood of a room than with a fresh coat of paint on the walls.
I find that the hardest part about painting (well, besides all the blue tape) is picking a color. There are so many options! I recommend getting recommendations from an interior designer – whether by working with one or clicking around Pinterest. Then sample, sample sample. You won’t know how a color truly looks until you get it on your walls. Never buy a gallon of paint without trying a sample first.
So without further ado, here are my favorite colors of 2020:
Benjamin Moore, Decorator’s White
Choosing a perfect white isn’t so different from choosing a life partner. Because, let’s be real, the shade you pick has to tick off so many boxes. It’s got to strike a perfect balance of being bright without blinding. It’s got to be clean and crisp, yet have just enough warmth and drama to add some comfort to a room. But when you go to the home improvement section of the hardware store, there are just So. Many. Whites.
Never fear! I’ve found “the one” in Decorator’s White, which is part of Benjamin Moore’s Designer Classics Collection. This is a tried-and-true color for professional designers and in-the-know consumers alike.
What it looks like: Decorator’s White is a bright—but not too bright—shade with a very slight gray undertone that makes it one of the most neutral whites out there. It’s more of a cool white, meaning that it has a bluish undertone rather than a yellow or pink undertone. Decorator’s White looks best when used to brighten up a space via trim, cabinetry, and interior doors, or simply as a neutral wall color.
Benjamin Moore, Black Forest Green
From the Misfit House
A rich, deep green hue practically screams luxury—and that’s definitely the case with Benjamin Moore’s Black Forest Green. It’s part of their Historic Color collection, a palette that was established to celebrate the US bicentennial, with rich, sophisticated colors “inspired by America’s historic landmarks.”
What it looks like: this blackened shade of green is bold and daring, boasting an earthy elegance that will transform any space with drama and depth. Because it’s such an intense hue, it’s best used in a larger room with plenty of light or really lean into it and create a dark and moody space. For the ultimate sense of luxury, try pairing it with marble and gold accents, and warm stained woods such as oak or cedar.
Benjamin Moore, Boudoir at 50%
Every home needs a warm neutral—think a classic white, but dialed up with a shot of earthy yet contemporary coziness—and Benjamin Moore’s Boudoir is a perfect example. The rich, warm champagne color comes from their Affinity Color collection, a palette of sophisticated hues designed “so that each color works seamlessly on its own or in combination with any other color in the Affinity palette.”
What it looks like: as much as we love this color, we find it’s an absolute show-stopper when it’s reduced to 50% opacity. This lighter version strikes a balance of naturally feminine warmth and deep-rooted elegance in any room.
Pro-tip: this is a technique you can use any time you love a color but it’s slightly too intense, dark, or bright—just ask for the color to be mixed to 70% or 50% opacity, depending on the look you want. Boudoir at 50% opacity is an ideal color for an accent wall or even full rooms, and it pairs well with cool gray and navy blues.
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