What are the best paint colors for interior design?
Boy, oh boy, do I get asked this question often! Clients want to know if there is a big difference between the best paint colors for interior design and if they would have to change them if they were to decide to sell their house and require home staging.
My answer: It depends.
It depends on the style of your house and your personal taste. Many people like bold, dramatic colors to live with, while others prefer a more muted tone on tone subtly. So the best paint color for a bold, and dramatic look will be 100% taste specific…I cannot provide a “best paint color” suggestion here. And I definitely do not suggest a bold, taste specific color on the walls if you are staging your house to sell.
Therefore, the following neutral colors ARE (in my professional opinion) the best paint colors for interior design AND home staging:
Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee (OC – 45)
The color in the image both rooms above and below is Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee (OC-45). The bedroom above is an interior design project in Preston Hollow (that will soon have pro photos uploaded to our portfolio so you can REALLY appreciate it), and the living room below is a home staging project. The color is fresh and clean without being sterile.
Here is how Benjamin Moore describes this color:
This color is part of the Off-White Color collection. Inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile, the Off-White collection offers subtle nuances of whites that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces. A compilation of 152 white and off-white colors.
Sherwin Williams, Perfect Greige (SW 6073)
Another favorite is Sherwin Williams, Perfect Greige (SW 6073). This color is one that I will use in varying strengths.
Did you know that you can lighten paint colors by a certain percentage? For example, both of the photos below are Perfect Greige at 25% strength. The first photo is a project that was staged to sell in Preston Hollow, and the second image is an interior design project we completed in University Park.
If you clicked through the link to the color, you would notice that it reads a bit dark – but I love that it marries both gray and beige and has ideal tones for most rooms. Depending on the project, I’ll use it at 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% strength.
So there you have it. What I consider the best paint colors for interior design and home staging. I love them both (and have both in my own home!).
If you need assistance picking or placing colors, please do not hesitate to give us a call for a color consultation, or even a Designer For A Day service and let us help create your happy place to come home to.