PAINT GUIDE: The Best Interior & Exterior Paint Colors


Selecting the perfect paint color is a process. Anyone who’s ever walked into a paint store, only to find themselves overwhelmed with the sheer amount of options knows exactly what I’m talking about. One minute you’ve found THE best shade of white, and the next you’re comparing 25 different swatches and questioning your sanity. Rest assured that even the most skilled interiors designers have been there, and we know the headache paint selection can inevitably cause.


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Thankfully, with much time and practice, I’ve developed my signature go-to paints that I opt for time and time again. These are the most trusted paint colors I use with clients, within my own home, and they’re the ones I’d recommend to a friend any day of the week.


Because paint color questions are one of the most common requests sliding into my DMs, I’m bringing you a fully curated “paint cheat sheet” for both inside and outside the home. Just bookmark this post, and you’ve got a foolproof reference for your next big paint job!




FAVORITE INTERIOR NEUTRAL PAINT COLORS


My love of neutral color tones runs deep, but I’m rather picky about finding just the right shades. Each of these colors have been fully vetted and earned a permanent spot on my favorites list.


  • Light Pewter by Benjamin Moore

  • Intense White by Benjamin Moore

  • Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore

  • Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore (*note: this color was used on the trim in the Drew Ave Bathroom Remodel)

  • Swiss Coffee by Dunn Edwards

  • Pigeon by Farrow and Ball

  • Light Blue by Farrow and Ball

  • Drop Cloth by Farrow and Ball



Interior trim in Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore in our Drew Avenue Remodel

Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore in our Drew Avenue Remodel


Swiss Coffee at 75% via Studio McGee


Pigeon by Farrow & Ball at the Hoxton Hotel Paris



FAVORITE WHITE PAINT COLORS


Is there anything better than a great shade of white? Answer: no, at least not in my book. These are the white paint colors I’d confidently recommend for an effortlessly fresh look every single time.


  • Simply White by Benjamin Moore

  • Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore (*my favorite for a clean white for trim!)

  • White Dove by Benjamin Moore

  • Moderne White by Sherwin Williams

  • Whisper by Dunn Edwards

  • Schoolhouse White by Farrow and Ball

  • Shadow White by Farrow and Ball

  • Slipper Satin by Farrow and Ball

  • Drop Cloth by Farrow and Ball



Simply White by Benjamin Moore via Hecker Guthrie


Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore in our Drew Avenue Remodel


Simply White by Benjamin Moore via Studio McGee

FAVORITE GREEN PAINT COLORS



Green is having a big resurgence in the design world, and I’m a pretty major fan. In fact, I’ve opted for green moments in many recent projects (including my own home!), and I’m always thrilled with the outcome.


  • Fatigue Green by Benjamin Moore

  • Mediterranean Olive by Benjamin Moore

  • Studio Green by Farrow and Ball

  • Lichen by Farrow and Ball

  • Blue Green by Farrow and Ball

  • Rosemary by Sherwin Williams

  • Pewter Green by Sherwin Williams

  • Oil Cloth by Benjamin Moore

Fatigue Green by Benjamin Moore in our River Road Remodel


Mediterranean Olive by Benjamin Moore in our River Road Remodel


Pewter Green by Sherwin Williams via Emily Henderson


Oil Cloth by Benjamin Moore via Heidi Caillier


Oil Cloth by Benjamin Moore via Heidi Caillier



FAVORITE BLUE PAINT COLORS


I think we can all agree that finding the right blue is a balancing act. Blue shades can read so differently depending on the undertones and lighting, but no matter the scenario these are my top favorites.


  • Midnight Blue by Benjamin Moore

  • Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball

  • De Nimes by Farrow and Ball

  • Inchyra Blue by Farrow and Ball

  • Blue Danube by Benjamin Moore


De Nimes by Farrow & Ball via Anthropologie



Midnight Blue by Benjamin Moore in our River Road Remodel


FAVORITE EXTERIOR PAINTS



Selecting an exterior paint color is a big commitment that (understandably) comes with a lot of pressure. However, opt for one of these exterior paint standbys, and I can promise you’ll adore the final look. Who’s ready for some major curb appeal?


  • Shoji White by Sherwin Williams

  • Hardwick White by Farrow and Ball

  • Soot by Benjamin Moore

  • Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams

  • Off Black by Farrow and Ball

  • Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams

  • Cape May Cobblestone by Benjamin Moore

  • Sterling by Benjamin Moore

  • Ammonite by Farrow and Ball



Shoji White by Benjamin More via Lori Paranjape


Arborcoat in black by Benjamin Moore in our River Road Remodel



Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams via Ike Kligerman Barkley


Cape Gray Cobblestone by Benjamin Moore via Pinterest


Soot by Benjamin Moore via JAM Architecture

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