My Favorite Paint Colors

What’s better than Revere Pewter?

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Revere Pewter. It has taken Pinterest by storm and everyone began painting over their Manchester Tan walls with the latest paint color by Benjamin Moore. However, I happen to love the paint color Halo by Benjamin Moore slightly more than I love Revere Pewter. It has green-brown undertones as opposed to red-brown undertones like revere pewter. I literally cringe when paint colors go even remotely pink or "fleshy" in certain lights and since it has almost no red (which means no pink) it stays warm and neutral with no weird tints in any light. Halo is my go to wall color. I absolutely love it in any room.
 
Another popular trim color is White Dove. I thinks its a great color-it's very neutral and stays neutral in all lighting. However, it is actually a little dark to go with off white and very light walls. I suggest Snowfall White in semi-gloss (not high gloss) for trim. It looks great with my favorite paint color, Halo as well as the other colors in my top 8 (see below). Snowfall White by Benjamin Moore is warm without being yellow and is clean without being stark. It is my go to trim color!
 
If you aren’t scared of off white walls (and you shouldn’t be!) I suggest Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore-it's the perfect white. Start with a bedroom or bathroom if you are a little apprehensive about off white walls. I always keep bedrooms and bathrooms the lightest rooms in the house. However, it's perfectly fine to paint every room in the house off-white. My entire house is painted Swiss Coffee with Snowfall White trim and it looks fabulous (if I do say so myself). Don't feel like you have to get super creative when it comes to picking paint colors. Remember, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being boring when choosing a wall color. And why make it harder than it has to be? If you found a color you love, paint every room in the house that shade if you like! You never want people to come in and say, “OH! I Love your wall color!”. You want people to love the entire room, the design, and the feel of your space. Your wall color is a big part of it but it should be the stage crew, behind the scenes not the main character. 
 
My go to paint colors for walls are Swiss Coffee and Halo by Benjamin Moore. My favorite trim color is Snowfall White by Benjamin Moore. Other colors that look great in every light are hazy skies, old prairie, november rain, floral white, french canvas, overcast, and grand teton white.
 
Virginia Harper

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Virginia Harper

I would love some suggestions. When we built our home I originaly went with Cloud white for the kitchen cabinets and revere pewter for the main wall colour. I am now finding it too dark…and would like to lighten up my walls with something that will go with the cloud white. Any suggestions?

Virginia Harper

I have a open floor plan with cypress french doors. What would suggest for the stain color?? I like halo color for the walls. I’m not sure about the color for kitchen cabinets & living room built ins. I liked white dove, but you think it’s to dark so I’m not sure now. I’m gonna try Swiss coffee it looks a little yellow on the screen.

Virginia Harper

oops again —and I meant to add that I am considering painting the upper walls in the master bathroom Grand Teton White, as it seems to coordinate well with the “Builder” bone colored tile in there. (I am going to do a white and bone color scheme in an attempt to update it!)

Virginia Harper

OOPS—in the above post I meant to say that I painted my master bathroom VANITIES snowfall white. Sorry—it’s late and I need to go to sleep..

Virginia Harper

Hi Virginia! I just stumbled onto your blog when I was googling “Benjamin Moore Halo” and found this post. You see, I am trying to decide on a light gray or greige color to paint my first floor, as well as upstairs rooms, and I currently have been testing almost all of the exact same colors as you list as your favorites, LOL!!! (I ordered 10 each of the extra large swatches of all those colors available, for free, from Benjamin Moore.) The only ones I don’t have, out of your favorites list, is the Swiss coffee and Floral White—-I guess maybe I should check those out, too, since we seem to like similar colors! So, after taking a quick look around your site, I just HAD to sign up for your blog, of course! I haven’t had time to look extensively on your site, but do you have photos posted of your rooms painted in those colors? I would love to see them! Thanks.
I am trying to decide between several of the colors you mention above. I ruled out the overcast as reading too green. Although I am leaning towards painting the first floor mainly Halo, in some lights and locations (as I move the samples around) I find I like November Rain, French Canvas, or Old Prairie better!. So I am trying to look at photos online to get as much visual info as possible about how theyt tends to look when on all four walls!
I also recently painted my master bathrooms Snowfall White and will be painting the trim and beadboard wainscoting there the same, too. I was also considering it for the trim in my house, for much of the same reasons you state you like it—it seems like it is the perfect amount of warmth while still staying a clean white!
I have golden- yellowish ivory colored subway tiles in my kitchen that act like “radar detectors” for the slightest bit of pink undertone in a color, so that is why I, too, am gravitating towards the same colors you list above. the popular colors like Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Gray and even Manchester Tan look positively pinky next to my tile! Anyway, I look forward to reading your blog posts. Thanks.

Virginia Harper

What a plrsuaee to meet someone who thinks so clearly

Virginia Harper

Thank you for all these helpful suggestions!

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