The 8 Most Popular Interior Paint Colors You Should Totally Paint in Your Home

Julia Pelly
Written by Julia Pelly
Updated January 11, 2022
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Nothing can change the look and feel of a room more drastically than a fresh coat of paint. Choosing the color of that fresh coat can be both exciting and a little overwhelming. But don’t stress—we’ve rounded up the most popular paint shades in every color to help you pick the perfect hue for your space.

1. White

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Painting your space a fresh, clean white can create a blank-canvas effect that will make your furniture and accessories pop. And don’t just assume all whites are the same, because there’s actually a big range. If you’re looking for a creamier white, consider Benjamin Moore’s Atrium White. If a cool white is more your speed, take a peek at Dunn-Edwards Cool December. 

2. Gray

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Gray is a staple in homes around the country, and for good reason: It’s both bold and understated, and can help any space feel roomy and put together. For a lighter shade of gray, think about covering your walls with Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray, which is known as one of the most popular greiges (a soft blend of gray and beige) on the market because of its yellow undertones and warm glow. If you’re interested in a moodier, darker gray, think about Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray.

3. Beige

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Once reserved for builder-grade bathrooms and hotel lobbies, beige is back in a major way. With warm tones and an understated look, beige is easy to decorate with and photographs well. Popular beige shades include Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige and Benjamin Moore’s Grant Beige. 

4. Light Blue

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Light blue is the perfect color for children’s rooms, nurseries, playrooms, bathrooms, and bedrooms alike. Lighter shades of blue can be perfect as a stand-alone color or paired with a darker or patterned accent wall. For a grown-up blue that sets a restful and relaxed tone, consider Sherwin Williams Aleutian. For a bolder light blue that makes any room feel breezy and calm, try Benjamin Moore’s Mediterranean Breeze.

5. Dark Blue

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Dark blues often add drama. For a royal blue that will pair well with metallic accents or other bright colors, consider Benjamin Moore’s Delphinium. For a darker navy that will serve as more of a bold neutral, think about Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy.

6. Green

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The right shade of green can anchor a space and help bring neutral, natural tones to any room. The 2022 Benjamin Moore color of the year, October Mist, has just enough color to help your room feel fresh without overdoing the sage vibes.

7. Black

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Black wall paint, long thought of as a no-no for interior surfaces, is finding its way into homes all across the country. Perfect for doors and door frames, an accent wall, or a small space that’s home to bold accessories, Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black is a top choice. 

8. Brown

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Dark and earthy, brown can be the perfect backdrop for bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, playrooms, and more. Dark browns, like Valspar’s Fired Earth, pair perfectly with natural wood accents, earth toned decor, or pops of warm colors in pillows, blankets, or accessories.

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