10 Neutral Colors You’ll Fall in Love With

Nature’s neutrals are still in style as we move into fall. Pantone has tweaked their spring palette just a little bit, combining colors for fall from opposite sides of the spectrum together to create a fun, fantastical yet neutral and androgynous palette. The juxtaposition creates an aura of poise that gathers its strength from nature’s allusions and makes for strong and sophisticated decor.


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That isn’t to say these strong colors aren’t fun. Paired with bold colors and patterns, they make for a hopeful and whimsical vibe that leads you to believe that anything is possible. And with this diverse palette, it really is!

Top 10 Pantone Colors for Fall

1. Dried Herb

Pantone Dried Herb

This olive green tone is no longer resigned to the military and camo gear. With all the other fall colors, it becomes a complimentary color, alone in a statement piece or paired as an accent, that is rich and chic.





2. Desert Sage

Pantone Desert Sage

The green undertone in this soothing gray makes it a perfect neutral with a hint of personality. Build your palette from it or anchor a room by using it on your walls.






3. Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

Just as you’d expect, this color bring the energy and excitement of an overcast day before a storm. The enduring blue-gray feels luxurious and constant, like a steady rainfall. We can’t get enough of this robust tone, use it just about anywhere.





4. Oak Buff

Pantone Oak Buff

Oak Buff is mellow like the sun coming out on a crisp fall day. It has that comforting feeling of being curled up with a blanket and a book as the leaves fall outside. We love it as a warm accent.





5. Marsala


You may recognize this color from spring. It transitions to fall as a foundation color for a palette that stands boldly with grounding confidence. Sensual and earthy like its namesake, use it as a pop of color such as a stand-out accent chair.





6. Biscay Bay

Biscay Bay

This lush and elegant teal cools off warm tones with a hint of tropical weather from islands far away. It’s inviting and encourages daydreams of summer. Use it for standout pieces or on an accent wall.





7. Reflecting Pond

Pantone Reflecting Pond

Deep and brooding, Reflecting Pond does just as the name implies. It’s depth adds stability and security all the while making a room seem endless and soothing. Definitely use this color in a bold, big way.





8. Cadmium Orange

Pantone Cadmium Orange

If this color reminds you of the ‘60s or ‘70s, you wouldn’t be wrong. It’s fun, it’s fantastical, it’s playful. Just what this earthy 2015 palette needs for a pop of color. Use it on its own or as a contrast for a splash of fun.





9. Cashmere Rose

Pantone Cashmere Rose

Continuing the mod-modern twist, Cashmere Rose comes in a little more muted than Cadmium Orange. It’s upscale, soft and rich color will add composure to a palette however you use it.





10. Amethyst Orchid

Pantone Amethyst Orchid

Every palette has a stand out color, and this is it for Fall 2015. It’s bright jewel tone adds intrigue in a vibrant and sensual way. Once a color for royalty, Amethyst Orchid’s purple hues will make any room just as rich and will inspire your creative design.





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The Colors of Summer: Mixing Cool and Warm Tones

Summer means bright sunny days spent next to cool blue waters, and brilliant pink and purple sunsets. As the days warm up outside, it’s a great idea to bring a little of the season into your home. Mixing the cool and warm tones of summer creates a fresh, sophisticated look in your decor.

coral and turquois small1. Framed Art Print, West Elm, $ 130 | 2. Turquoise Cushion Cover, H&M, $ 6 | 3. Coral Pillow, Target, $ 25

4. Striped Throw, Target, $ 25 | 5. Woven Basket, Urban Outfitters, $ 60 | 6. Framed Seascape, Urban Outfitters, $ 99

To make this look feel cohesive, find an inspiration piece like this colorful framed print. For a quick room update, lean artwork like this on a mantel or prominent piece of furniture so it’s the focal point of the area.

Once you have your inspiration piece displayed, work it into the rest of the space. The main color palette in the print consists of shades of coral and turquoise. Pull those into the rest of your decor with textiles, complementary artwork and accessories. A few colorful pillows on the couch and a vase on the coffee table filled with flowers goes a long way.

You can get any room in your home summer-ready in just an afternoon with this inspired color palette. Now you won’t have to get outside to enjoy summer’s brilliant hues.

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The 14 Most Popular Paint Colors (They Make A Room Look Bigger!)

There are some hard and fast rules when it comes to interior design. Dining room chandeliers should hang 60 to 66 inches off the floor. Never match the color of your walls to a color in one of your fabrics. Hang curtains all the way to the ceiling to make the ceilings appear higher. But when it comes to making a room — especially a small one — look and feel bigger, there truly is no one right answer.

So whether you’re looking for a paint color to live with for a while or one that makes the tiny third bedroom in your home for sale in Sarasota, FL, look just a smidge bigger, we consulted designers, paint companies like PPG Paints, and painters to come up with these 14 paint colors you should consider for your next project. Save them to your home inspiration board on Pinterest, and read on for tips on how to best use them.

Paint Colors For Small Rooms

Best all-around colors to make a space feel larger

Light colors and neutrals are always a classic option for small spaces, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo bold colors when you want to make a room seem bigger. Just take a cue from designer Anne Miller of Miller House Interiors in Charlotte, NC, and pick softer tones for your accessories and furnishings. “I love a saturated paint color and encourage clients not to be scared of using one,” she says. “The key is to remember to balance out that color with softer neutrals so that the room is not overwhelming.”

1. PPG Paints Swirling Smoke

Swirling Smoke is a go-to for Lee Crowder, a colorist with Darling Homes in Dallas, TX. “I have to stop myself from using this one too much because it is just a great all-around color. It is light with a tint of gray and is very calming.”

2. Benjamin Moore Cloud White

“Paint ceilings white and use lighter colors to make a room appear larger,” suggests Dan Schaeffer, owner of Five Star Painting in Austin, TX. “Think light grays, blues, and other neutral colors. You can also use an eggshell or satin finish to help reflect light.”

3. Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

Hale Navy has a spot on Benjamin Moore’s bestselling blue shades list — and for good reason. “It is a favorite to make a space feel bright,” says Sean Juneja, co-founder of Décor Aid. “I equate brightness with freshness, and Hale Navy is very fresh and clean.”

4. Farrow & Ball Skylight

“Skylight is also an amazing color; a clean, light gray-blue,” adds Juneja. “On a whole, cool colors are fresher and brighter than warm. Warm colors evoke intimacy and softness. Cool colors make me think of bright days and breezes and a sharpness that you can only capture with blues and greens.”

Designer trick: Paint walls and trim the same color

Designer Charlotte Lucas of Charlotte Lucas Interior Design in Charlotte, NC, paints the walls and trim to match in tight spaces and in rooms without much natural light: “The more transitions you have in a room, the more the eye stops at those points — for example, at the window, door, or casing trim. This trick also helps with low ceilings. If you have 6 inches of white crown molding at your ceiling and your walls are gray, your eyes stop at the gray, often 6 inches short of the ceiling. By painting the walls and trim the same paint color, your ceilings appear to be taller, since there are no breaks in the trim!”

5. Benjamin Moore Coastal Fog

“I recently painted a family room — walls, trim, crown, and built-ins — Benjamin Moore Coastal Fog. There were so many windows, French doors, and built-ins in this room, it felt so choppy having the Coastal Fog on the little bit of wall space and white trim everywhere else,” says Lucas. “By painting the walls and trim [the same color], it created an entirely different space and transformed and modernized the traditional room.”

6. Benjamin Moore Navy Masterpiece

The matching-walls-and-trim tactic works with deep shades too (but beware that glossy finish). “I have done this same technique with darker colors as well, painting a formal living room Benjamin Moore Navy Masterpiece,” adds Lucas. “The darker color creates a more cozy and dressy environment. I suggest using a satin or semigloss … the higher the gloss, the more unforgiving the paint is!”

7. & 8. PPG Paints Geyser and Colonial Aqua

Lee Crowder suggests natural hues for this floor-to-ceiling trend. “Clean colors like celadon or a sea glass always make a room feel light and bright,” she says. “PPG Paints Geyser and Colonial Aqua are great selections for that feeling.”

9. PPG Paints Stonehenge Greige

“The general rule is, the lighter the color, the bigger and brighter the room will appear,” suggests Geoff Sharper, owner of Sharper Impressions Painting Company. “Stonehenge Greige by PPG Paints is a very popular color that is light enough to enlarge a room but still gives you some of the modern and hip grays that are trendy right now.”

Square-footage-boosting accent colors

“Contrary to popular belief, light colors do not [always] make teeny rooms feel spacious,” says Jessica Geller, co-principal, ID 810 Design Group in New York, NY. “Instead, embrace the small square footage and go for deep [shades] that create intimate and cozy cocoonlike rooms.”

10. & 11. Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray and Valspar Indigo Streamer

“Feel free to go crazy with saturated colors on cabinetry for an instant update on outdated cupboards,” adds Geller. “Dark grays like Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray and navy colors like Valspar Indigo Streamer quickly bring them into 2016.”

12. Benjamin Moore Orange Blossom

“Orange radiates warmth and generates happiness, whether it’s a tender, romantic hue or vibrant and energetic. Different shades are highly personal and subjective, but one thing is for certain: Using orange is always a bold and uplifting move,” says Amy Courage, co-founder and interior designer at DesignBar in Chicago, IL. “Benjamin Moore Orange Blossom is an elegant and sophisticated shade that enables the relaxed energy needed to make a room appear lighter and brighter.”

Create the illusion of larger space

The number one factor to consider when choosing a paint color? According to Sharper, it’s how much natural light enters the room. “The general rule is, the lighter the color, the bigger and brighter the room will appear,” he says. “And the less natural light you have entering the room, the lighter the paint color you should lean toward.” So if you’re really hoping to boost the look of a space’s square footage, opt for brighter shades with a light reflectance value above 50, which bounce back more light than they absorb.

13. Sherwin-Williams Alabaster

“This is their ‘Color of the Year,’ and I have suggested it to a client who wants to open up a room,” says Melinda Peters Elliot of Fine Designs & Interiors Ltd. in London, OH. “It looks particularly good when there are a lot of windows and the trim around the windows is white.”

14. Sherwin-Williams Hazel

“This is such a peaceful and calming color,” says Alice Chiu of Miss Alice Designs in San Francisco, CA. “It can make a small space appear larger because it naturally brightens up a room with its vibrancy. It’s like being in the middle of an expansive ocean sparkling in a lovely mix of blues and greens.”

What are your favorite go-to paint colors for small rooms? Share your favorites in the comments!

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6 Best Paint Colors for a Baby’s Room

We’ve tacked the topic of the psychology color for doors and bedrooms before. Now if you’ve got a new addition to the family, color takes on a whole new relevancy. Yes, clothes and swaddling blankets, of course, but the color of the walls of a baby’s room can affect their—and therefore your—mood, and how your day (or night) will go. Consider the connotations of these colors and get ready to reap the rewards of color theory for the littlest one’s room.

1. Green

Refreshing and nurturing, green is a natural color that promotes calm, concentration and learning. It’s one of the best colors for decorating because it’s abundant in nature.

Green Baby Room


2. Blue

Healing and subtle, blue is calming, but be careful. If you tip toward gray on the color continuum it may connote sadness. Use warm or bright blues for a more cheerful affect, and navy or darker shades only for accents, but don’t overdo it.

Blue Baby Room


3. Purple

Dignified, luxurious and even a bit mysterious, purple has historically been associated with royalty (think  a deep amethyst-like purple). Pastels like lavenders and lilacs are serene and calming.

Purple Baby Room


4. White

White is a clean color that is associated with purity and innocence. For interest and stimulation, use pops of color, but beware that white shows dirt and stains readily.

White Baby Room


5. Gray

Introspective and intuitive, gray inspires contemplation, but be careful as it can feel sad if it’s not a warm tone. Mix it with brighter colors as accents.

Gray Baby Room


6. Brown

Earthy and grounded, a dark chocolate brown or a light beige or tan is a great choice for a nursery. A strong pop of earthy color like red, blue or turquoise will brighten and enliven a room.


Tan Baby Room


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10 Best Paint Colors for Bedrooms

You may remember our article about the psychology of door colors. Now we’re tackling just what colors work best for your bedroom. Your bedroom is your sanctuary, your getaway, where you go to recharge—you want to make sure the colors reflect that and set the right atmosphere.

We’ve found 10 colors that emote different moods and feelings so you can make your bedroom the perfect space for you.

1. Khaki Green

Peaceful and cool, a khaki green has all the sophisticated elements of a neutral with the calming effect of green. Linens look luxurious next to it and cream, gilt and silver make for eye-catching trims.

Khaki Green Wall

2. Blue-Gray-Green

The combination of these three colors create one paint that is sophisticated, tranquil and elegant. It goes well with white wood and metallics and is complimented by red and aqua trims.

Blue Gray Green Wall

3. Taupe

Continuing with the neutral trend, taupe will also be relaxing because it doesn’t stimulate your senses. This makes it a great color for those with chaotic lives. Keep it even more relaxing by sticking strictly to neutrals with the rest of your color palette.

Taupe Wall

4. Rose

Pink will always make a lady feel pretty, isn’t that enough reason to paint your room this shade? It’s soft color isn’t as blaring as a traditional pink, and instead radiates a happy tint.

Rose Wall

5. Lavender

This elegant color appeals to both men and women. It is great for early risers because it looks best in the morning light, but stay away from peaches and florals to keep it from feeling too old fashioned.

Lavender Wall

6. Burnt Red

If red is your favorite color, you shouldn’t feel like you have to avoid painting your bedroom red. Red can over-stimulate the senses, though, so use a more earthy, burnt red color. It’s more subtle and embraces the warmth of a bedroom rather than feeling aggressive.

Burnt Red Wall

7. Pale Blue

If you have a lot of antique pieces, this is your color. It makes antiques look fresh again with its light and airy feel, plus, it goes with anything!

Pale Blue Wall

8. Silver-Green

Delicate, soft and dressy, a light silvery green classes up your bedroom. It’s very glamorous, so keep the rest of your room monochromatic with splashes of yellow or orange.

Silver Green Wall

9. Mint

Mint is a great color for children’s rooms because it can grow with them. Add bright and colorful accents when they’re young to add whimsy, and switch to more sophisticated greens, yellows and turquoises as they grow older.

Mint Green Wall

10. Deep Teal

Even if your bedroom is small, don’t be afraid of dark colors. Yes, they can make your room feel smaller, but if you like a cozy bedroom, it’s not a problem. Plus, this dark teal appeals to your senses in a deep, moody way.

Deep Teal Wall


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