Every January, I share my predicted paint colors for the year ahead. I have to say- last year I was pretty accurate for 2020, but this year… I decided to switch things up. Instead of making paint predictions, I thought it might be more helpful to share some of my favorite timeless paint swatches and a few pairings I’ve been liking. Since we’ve been talking about trends and longevity in design, I’m hoping this post will provide some inspiration if you’re on the hunt for a new palette! Click through to check it out…
All of these images came straight from my camera unedited, but it’s always best to swatch the paint in your home before moving forward. Paint colors and swatches reflect and absorb their surroundings, so it could look totally different in your space. Just a friendly reminder to swatch and test it out before committing! Oh- and I’m using Sherwin-Williams swatches because that’s just what I had on hand… but all of these could be color matched in your preferred brand.
Favorite Creamy Neutrals…
I’ve always been a big fan of creamy, white neutrals. They’re bright, inviting, and pretty much look good with any color in any space. They’re versatile and never really go out of style. I’ve used all of the swatches above.
Favorite Bright Whites…
These are great true whites for trim or millwork. Rather than painting my entire wall these colors, I use them as crisp, contrasting accent colors. They’re wonderful for architectural details and provide a high contrast look! They don’t really skew warm or cool.
Favorite Dark Greens
It’s no secret that I love a good deep green paint color! I’m honestly surprised we don’t have a room painted green in our current home yet. I know it will happen eventually! In the meantime, I’ve got my little bar cart.
Green is one of those colors I’ll never tire of… on cabinetry, furniture, a wall, or the entire room- it’s my favorite color, so I’ll pretty much embrace it anywhere.
Favorite Navy Swatches…
Much like green, navy and blue hues are another color that appear frequently throughout our home. It really doesn’t get more classic than blue. I often use blue and navy as a neutral, just because it feels comfortable and moody in the right way.
Additionally, you can find similar navy and deep teal swatches in this post… I color matched our kitchen cabinetry with popular paint brands and swatched close hues!
Cool Hued Neutrals…
Our previous upper cabinets were a mix between Crushed Ice and Big Chill. These cool hues look great paired with warm, organic tones.
I loved the way our uppers looked with our alder wood lower cabinetry in our previous kitchen. A lot of these neutrals look brighter in person… again- swatching is very important to get an accurate read! Against the white printer paper I photographed the swatches against- they definitely look darker or more saturated than they actually are. Also take note of the ceiling in the above image because that’s the color we’re chatting about next…
My Favorite Ceiling Paint…
I get this question all the time and most people are surprised to hear the color I use 90% of the time on our ceilings. It’s pretty much always Ceiling Bright White 7007, unless I’m painting the ceiling an actual color. This swatch has a cool blue hue to it that works well on ceilings. I find that other colors cast shadows, look dirty, or accentuate texture. While predictable, this is the perfect paint color for the ceiling, which is appropriately named!
Some Color Combinations…
I’m always examining colors alongside each other. The lower right combination might look familiar, as I just shared that palette in our guest bedroom reveal. It’s also important to know which colors work well together! I like contrast, so I usually paint the trim and wall color contrasting colors.
On the hunt for more paint swatch guidance and color-related posts? I’ll link some helpful posts from the past below…
- Favorite Paint Swatches from the SW Designer Deck
- Designer Trick : Choosing the Perfect Paint Color
- Favorite Paint Colors as Seen Throughout My Home
- Predicted Paint Colors for 2020
- Predicted Paint Colors for 2019
- Predicted Paint Colors for 2018
- Predicted Paint Colors for 2017
- My Favorite Green Paint Colors
- Best Spray Colors
- Color Matching Our Kitchen Cabinets
- My Favorite Readymade Cabinetry Colors
- How to Choose the Right Brush or Roller
I used loose Sherwin-Williams swatches I had on hand for this post, and you all know I love cooler hues in our home, so I might have to do a follow-up post for those of you who would like to see some warmer colors and combinations. It’s not that I don’t like them, I just didn’t have any swatches in my desk for photographing! Let me know if that is of interest and I can make a trip to my local SW store to grab some additional paint chips. I haven’t been feeling very well this week, but once I’m on the mend- I’d be more than happy to run to the paint store. In other news, I have some really fun upcoming posts to share with you- window treatments in my office and new furniture in our living room! Things are looking VERY different around here- I just need to find time to grab my camera to document the current state of our house. Ha! Happy Tuesday, friends!