What is the Best Palette for No Fail Paint Colors?


How many times have I heard?

Dear Laurel,

I am desperate. We’re closing on our home next week and the painter says that he needs to know what colors we’re using? We went to the paint store, but have absolutely no idea what will work. We can’t keep it the way it is… I’m 8 months pregnant with our third child. We love the house, but the previous owners have lots of hideous wallpaper and disgusting neon-colors that we cannot live with. Should we just paint everything linen white? I’m attaching a floor plan to give you an idea of the flow.

Help! Could you recommend some no fail paint colors? We’re desperate!

Thank you ever so much!

Stressedout Homeowner

ps: we do like sophisticated colors and more earthy shades if that helps.




Dear Stressedout Newhomeowner,

I’ll be right over!

Oh wait. You’re 800 miles away? Yes, I could talk you through it. Yes, you could paint everything linen white.

[b o r i n g]

What IF I could give you 14 no fail paint colors that will work no matter if your home faces north, south, east or west? Colors that will go with EVERYTHING and of course, with each other?

Yes, I can…

Well, what if I don’t like your choices Laurel?

At the risk of sounding arrogant— You’ll like them. :] Now, some of you are going to be nervous because some of these colors are not in any way pastel. But there is a wide variety from very pale to dark. These colors all go with each other, AND you can mix any other color in these rooms. They also all look good in a variety of different lights. Yes, they will look different in some lights as all colors do, but they look good in all of them.

Of course, I’ve used dozens of other colors, over the years and most of them are absolutely wonderful, but some of them do not go with everything. The point here, is that you will have a palette that will be beautiful and sophisticated and you can tend to other more important things like making sure your piano doesn’t get busted and birthin’ that baby!

14  NO FAIL Paint Colors for Your Entire Home That will go with everything, [and I mean EVERYTHING] with each other and will NOT be boring! And I promise you that everyone who comes inside is going to ooh and ahhh and BEG you to know the colors.

Really, Laurel? Yes, really. But you have to listen and trust. [ yes, I know… we all have trust issues] It’s “only paint” as they say… Therefore, please do not wimp out on me and ask the guy to mix anything at 50% or some crapola like that. Whoever started that is utter nonsense, except maybe for something like white dove at 50%, but that is probably the same as decorator’s white. Of course, nothing is going to take the place of a professional paint consultation, but right now, if you don’t get cracking, you’re going to have to live with the current color-scheme that makes a Trappist Monastery look like a Barnum and Bailey’s circus tent. So let’s get to it! [please note: This is for a typical home, although, I think that for the most part, this could also work with some modification for open concept homes.]

Today is Part I [ 8 colors plus the trim and ceiling.]


The First Floor


First Floorplan

Here we have the average center hall colonial with smallish rooms. Cozy. We  have an entry, a study, a living room, dining room, kitchen, family room, powder room and family room. That is a total of eight colors on the first floor. Are you ready?

Great, then, let’s get started. For the purposes of creating less stress, I am going to stick to ONE PAINT COMPANY. Isn’t that a load off your tired shoulders already? Don’t you just hate it when there’s a list of  “go-to” paint colors and there’s a list of five different companies? That means five different stores— like life isn’t difficult enough as it is? Besides, your painter is going to go apeshit on you if you make him run around and you don’t have time either. The paint company that I am the most familiar with and find that painters in my area like, is Benjamin Moore. It’s not that I don’t like other companies and colors. I most definitely do, but I am trying to create less stress for you, not more.

1) Entry. The entry is the area that welcomes people into the home. It could be a wow! Or it could be soft and serene. However, it is the backbone of all of the other colors and it will be the same color downstairs and upstairs as well. We are going to paint it a rich cream. The number one choice is linen white. It’s one of those colors that sounds better than it is, but we can do better.


Benjamin Moore

925 IVORY WHITE  is a lovely cream  that looks great in bright or dark spaces. You can’t go wrong. I used it once in a dark, dreary living room, and it brought it right back to life!

This is not an absolute rule, because I have done some dark entries and they are gorgeous, but if you can see into the room from front to back, it is better to have the deeper colors behind.

2) Kitchen. I don’t know what your cabinets are and right now, I don’t care. [too much] You need a great neutral as this room is also a pivotal space. However, there isn’t very much wall space, so don’t be afraid. 2142-50 GRAY MIRAGE goes with absolutely everything. It is a warm gray with a touch of khaki-green. You will love this color!


3) Family room. 1497 ROLLING HILLS. I once went into a store that sold stone. It was their showroom, actually. The color in there was the most sophisticated mossy, rich greenish, grayish I have ever seen. I couldn’t say anything but… please, PLEASE, please tell me the color. He said that EVERYONE said the exact  same thing. He remembered it because of 1492 and he had also painted his living room this color. It is absolutely sublime. Please, again, you must trust me here. 1497 ROLLING HILLS.

benjamin moore rolling hills 1497

Architectural Digest

4) Jumping over to the Dining Room. This is going to be a rich, deep gray with just the right amount of blue-green. This color looks AMAZING with wood tones. It will play off the family room color nicely and also of course, the kitchen. 1567 NIGHT TRAIN


Marshall Watson

5) The living room. The living room needs to have a dialogue with the dining room AND the office/study. It should be sophisticated and truly a wonderful neutral. Let’s go with HC- 172 REVERE PEWTER This is one of the best colors that God ever created. It can look slightly taupe or slightly khaki depending on the lighting. It is sophisticated and it goes with everything.


John Jacob

6) The office/study – a rich, deep brown HC-85  FAIRVIEW TAUPE. Stop whining and complaining about how dark it is. ;] I know, but you are going to absolutely love this color. I promise you that it looks nothing like shit. It’s a very soft brown-gray [BRAY, we call it] :] and actually has no red in it at all, so the taupe is a misnomer.


Bill Food and Drink

Two more spaces.

7) The powder room. I love pale bathrooms with white fixtures. Let’s go with 1478 HORIZON. Just a whisper of blue and I mean a whisper. Goes up darker than it looks on the chip. Very pretty!


8) Laundry room. Okay. Hang on now. It’s a small area with big white boxes and we’re going to paint it a deep almost black color that is going to be so chic, you’ll be hosting folding parties in there! HC-166 KENDALL CHARCOAL You will like this! It will be a refreshing change from the other colors and a shot of it in our palette is going to look amazing.


House Tweaking Blog

Oh, the trim and ceiling. Alright. In the interest of staying sane. Let’s do all ceilings in 2143-70 SIMPLY WHITE in a flat finish. The best trim over-all is WHITE DOVE, however 967 CLOUD WHITE and also SIMPLY WHITE are also good choices. Simply white is a bit whiter and might look better in the rooms with white/white fixtures and appliances, but really it’s not that much of a difference. I am trying to make your life easy.

Trim, which is anything that is wood, like casings and doors should be in a semi-gloss finish.

Walls can be in either matte or eggshell. Nothing shinier than eggshell. You don’t need eggshell, because the matte is washable. I prefer that finish to the eggshell.

nofail-paint-colors-benjamin-moore-1      white dove |  ivory-white  |  revere pewter

      horizon  |  gray mirage  |  rolling hills

     night train  |  fairview taupe  |  kendall charcoal

Next, we’ll tackle the second floor!




PS: I took a lot of time [a lot more than I care to admit] tweaking the colors and chips so that they look more like they do in real life. One problem I find with online sites is that the colors often are an extremely vague suggestion of what they really are, so how is that helpful? Of course, every monitor reads colors differently which only adds to the problem.

5th edition rolodex-post-graphic - November 2018 - A unique shopping guide with hundreds of sources created by Laurel Bern

  • Betzie - April 1, 2017 - 12:39 PM

    Love this palette! I love Night Train but it’s amazing how differently it appears in pics on the web. Really impossible to know about the true color unless you test or use it.
    I also love BM Dark Harbor…will be testing that one soon. Have an old hand painted music cabinet that has red,teal,gold,and other colors…belonged to my grandparents and Am using it for my inspiration. Took me a long time to figure my palette out until one day recently I saw that in my foyer and thought, “That’s it!”
    I think if you can find your own, it makes your home all the more yours.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - February 16, 2017 - 3:53 PM

    Dear Laurel,
    We are trying to get our house ready to put on the market. We live in a ranch style house.
    We just painted the 3 bedrooms Revere Pewter walls, White Dove Trim and ceiling Simply white!
    I would like to paint the rest of the house in the same neutral colour. 1 bathroom, 1 bathroom/laundry room, dark hallway, living room which opens up into the kitchen that has oak wood cabinets. We have oak wood floors throughout the house apart from kitchen and bathrooms/laundry room.
    Looking for wall, trim and ceiling colour.
    We need to make our house stand out inside to other houses.
    I do like Stonington Gray and Horizon Gray.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank youReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 17, 2017 - 2:10 AM

      Hi Sue,

      It sounds like you could use the help of a local designer or color specialist.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - October 28, 2016 - 11:22 PM

    Laurel – thank you for the 14 no fail colors! I close on my new house next month and was obsessing about what colors to paint the rooms until I saw your blog. Now I’m confident it will look beautiful and sophisticated – even with the stained wood trim – which I’m not ready to tackle at this time.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - October 29, 2016 - 1:07 AM

      Hi Barbara,

      These are beautiful colors with wood. If you want even more colors, please consider getting my paint collection. There is a banner in the blog sidebar that will take you to the page with the info.ReplyCancel

      • Barbara - December 4, 2016 - 9:51 AM

        In my new home now and have started painting.
        Revere Pewter looks fabulous–sophisticated and warm at the same time. Even the oak trim and doors look glorious with it. How is that even possible?
        Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Wetlesen - October 27, 2016 - 11:08 PM

    Dear Laurel, I have just discovered you and think you’re wonderful! We are building a new home, a craftsman style, open concept with a big cathedral ceiling in the living room with timber frame beams..I’m crazy for pale warm grays and greens. I am thinking Paris Rain for the kitchen cabinets and pale oak for the walls of the main areas. Can you tell me what colors coordinate with those two colors? Also, can you give me some more info about how a private consult would work? Thanks so much! Warmly, JoyceReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - October 28, 2016 - 1:49 AM

      Hi Joyce,

      Thank you, but I’m not doing any consulting whatsoever at this time. Also, I can’t comment about your individual issues with paint because I’m not there to see what’s going on. I don’t know if I agree or disagree with those colors. I don’t know what else is going on… what the finishes are, what’s going on in adjacent rooms, what your furniture looks like… It goes on and on.


  • KimR - September 20, 2016 - 10:25 AM

    HI Laurel!

    We are in the process of a kitchen renovation. The last thing I need to decide is the wall color! We opened up the kitchen and dining room into one room. We have white cabinets, white backsplash and a quartz counter that looks like marble, and a grey-green island. I am leaning toward Gray Mirage for the walls. However, I was wondering if it will look okay with aqua or turquoise accessories. I really want a wall color that will work with all different colors. I am a quilter, and love to display a quilt on the large wall in the room. (I also love colorful bowls and pink depression glass….) So, just wondering if this color will be neutral enough to work with all the different colors. I don’t really want white walls.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - September 20, 2016 - 10:50 PM

      Hi Kim,

      Gray Mirage is a wonderful neutral and I would say would make an excellent backdrop for just about anything. However, I always recommend testing samples. I don’t know if you have subscribed, but if you do, you’ll receive a free guide that tells what I think is the best way to do it.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Crawley - August 27, 2016 - 6:59 PM

    Hi Laurel,

    I am hoping you can help with a project I am struggling with. I have a client that wants to update her paint to follow the current trend of greys and whites, however, her house has the creamy mostly brown toned travertine, cherry wood, beige with a black fleck carpet and a very blue white trim. She only wants to paint her walls and nothing else at this juncture. She wants to eliminate all yellow based paints. I am trying to find a paint color that would work well with all the different components but have had no success. I was thinking of a greige but nothing that has too much red in it. Could you possibly recommend a color?ReplyCancel

  • Kerry - August 25, 2016 - 10:35 AM

    Hi Laurel, I came across your blog recently when searching for white paint ideas for our kitchen cabinets. We just downsized our family of six from a big 2,500 sq.ft. house in the country to a small 1,400 sq.ft. 1950’s brick ranch in our downtown area and I decided to try your no-fail palette for our new house (the entire house was painted a pale pink except for the dark hardwood paneling in the entire kitchen/dining room). We LOVE all of the colors we used and wanted to thank you for your guidance here! We used Simply White on our kitchen cabinets, Kendall Charcoal on the brick fireplace in the dining room, Rolling Hills in the living room, Gray Mirage in the foyer/hallway, Night Train in the master bedroom, Revere Pewter in the master bath, and Crownsville Gray in the boys’ room. Not in this palette but other good colors we used are Gray Owl in the girls’ room, Antique Pewter in the guest bath and Sherwin Williams Repose Gray in the kitchen/dining room. Half of the house is north-facing and we were worried the darker colors would be too dark, but you’re right that if you choose the right color it can make the room feel bigger and cozier. The house has the original oak floors, some nice built-in shelves and the trim was already a high-gloss off-white and all of these compliment the colors so well. This was such a fun project with your suggestions – thanks again!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 25, 2016 - 3:12 PM

      Oh wow! What a lovely note and thank you so much Kerry! Your home sounds so fabulous and cozy with rich sophisticated colors! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • kristin - April 17, 2016 - 2:48 PM

    What are a few are your favorite saturated medium to deep warm blues you have used?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 17, 2016 - 9:10 PM

      Hi Kristin,

      Buckland Blue and Jamestown Blue -both historical colors are nice.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - March 15, 2016 - 11:00 PM

    Laurel, I’m sorry, but one of your “no fail” colors in the palette, well, failed. Horizon looked absolutely beautiful on the poster board and I couldn’t wait to put it in my powder room. Now that it’s there, it is the exact shade of Crest toothpaste. My husband about gagged tonight when he came home. We’re frantically trying to come up with something else before the painters leave.

    For the record, we already had Revere Pewter in the kitchen and continued it isn’t into the rest of our open floor plan, except for the office (gray mirage at your suggestion, lovely) and the powder room.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 15, 2016 - 11:17 PM

      BTW, I have Shoreline now in my bathroom and it is a very pretty watery gray. I love it!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 15, 2016 - 11:15 PM

      Hi Stephanie,

      There could be a couple different things going on. My old bathroom was painted Horizon and it is not at all Crest!

      One) it could be the lighting. My bathroom has halogen lights, for instance which yellow everything.

      Two) they could’ve mixed the paint wrong. It doesn’t happen a lot but it can happen.

      The other thing is… Did you tape the poster board flat to the wall and move it around and look at it in different lights?ReplyCancel

  • Anne - March 2, 2016 - 9:32 AM

    Love, love , love these beautiful colors! Besides working well in all rooms…north, south, east and west facing..how much weight do I give flooring when picking paint? I have honey wood, grayish tiles, tan-beige tiles, and beige carpet. Think these colors still work? Any red flags? Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 2, 2016 - 10:19 AM

      Hi Anne,

      It’s impossible to say since I’m not there. But as always, you’ll need to test any colors in your space and with the other items they’ll be living with. If you subscribe to the blog via the subscription form at the top of the post, you’ll find out the best way to test paint colors so that you are getting the truest reading of the color.ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - February 3, 2016 - 1:18 PM

    Hi- I know you are focusing more on the paint colors in the provided photos but do you have a link to the original photo of the powder room? Love the look and am interested in the vanity piece especially. If you could direct me to where I may find that (or similar) for purchase, that would be most helpful. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 2, 2016 - 10:17 AM

      Hi Brooke,

      Sorry I missed this. You might try Restoration Hardware.ReplyCancel

  • nicole - July 14, 2015 - 10:41 PM

    What is the best exterior white for a spanish style home with a slightly contemporary feel on the interior?
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - July 15, 2015 - 9:57 PM

      Hi Nicole,

      If you need a paint consult please contact me. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Letasha - July 11, 2015 - 4:42 PM

    Love the colors you have selected! I am planning on using them in my condo I just purchased, my question is, I notice all the flooring in the pictures are a dark wood and my place is a light brown wood, would these colours still match? Also do u have any palettes with a blue grey undertone? I love the rustic cottage beach colors. CheersReplyCancel

  • Anne - June 22, 2015 - 10:00 PM

    Love your selections! You left us hanging on the second floor. Boo.ReplyCancel

  • Atina - June 3, 2015 - 7:20 PM

    Hi Laurel!

    I’ve painted my foyer walls in BM Revere Pewter (matte) and I love it! I painted the ceiling and trim in White Dove (flat) and am not so sure I like it. It seems somewhat drab to me.

    My baseboards are currently waiting to be painted but they’ve been primed and the color is a flat bright white. I realized the brighter white makes for a nicer contrast and, to my eye, seems to showcase all of the gorgeous complex undertones of RP. I’m wondering what the rule is regarding trim colors, if any, and if you can recommend another white paint color for the trim. The white dove’s yellow undertones appears drab to me. I feel like there should be more contrast but I don’t know if that means I need to look for cool trim colors as opposed to warm.


    • Laurel Bern - June 3, 2015 - 7:36 PM

      Hi Atina,

      I can’t give individual color advice on the blog but this one’s pretty straight-forward and will also benefit other readers. That’s my criteria for giving individual advice.

      One issue here is that you’re using flat paint for the trim. I almost always use semi-gloss. This may very well be the problem because the shinier paint will give the moulding that much needed zing.

      Or, you may actually like decorator’s white better with the RP. Or possibly a 50/50 mix of the DW and WD.


      In this post, DW is mixed with linen white, but if white dove doesn’t work for you, then linen definitely won’t.

      Also sleep on it and look at it in different lights. It’s possible that all you need is to go over it with a coat of shiny paint.ReplyCancel

      • Atina - June 3, 2015 - 10:06 PM

        Laurel, thanks for the reply! I just painted the doors and baseboards in white dove semi gloss and it appears as brightly white as I had hoped it would! Assuming I got the right color for the flat, can the difference in gloss make the paint appear less white?!



        • Laurel Bern - June 3, 2015 - 10:18 PM

          yes, the color can look different. In fact there’s a painting technique where you paint stripes in the same color but alternate shiny and flat. It’s a subtle difference but more noticeable in white because of how reflective white is.

  • Laurel Bern - May 16, 2015 - 2:46 PM

    Hi Anne,

    First of all, congratulations on your son’s graduation!

    I appreciate your issues, however, it sounds like you could benefit from a paint consult. It would not be fair to my other paying customers to advise you for free. My fees are 90 for one room/area and 60 for every room area after that. I hope that you can understand, but I get many, many requests for help and this is my livelihood. If you don’t want to pay for a consult, perhaps consider signing up for the blog via the freaking out form and you’ll get my FREE guide on how to select paint colors. If you would like more help, please contact me via the contact link in the top menu bar.ReplyCancel

  • Anne Clarke - May 16, 2015 - 1:03 PM

    Hi, thanks so much for all your suggestions. I’m trying to do a home makeover for my son’s high school graduation. My home is similar to what you show here with the exception the kitchen and family room are an open concept. May I use the gray mirage in the kitchen and the rolling hills or sage green in the family room? My fireplace mantle was marbleized in an dark irish green. Also, what color is on the back wall of the upstairs hallway? I love the contrast. Is the entire upstairs hallway painted this darker shade? And lastly, what color paint is on the handrail leading up the steps? I really would like my steps to pop. I hope I’m not asking too many questions. Thanks again!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Tomlin - May 11, 2015 - 1:53 PM

    Hi Laurel,

    I am contemplating just throwing in the proverbial towel and following this palette. I am fighting with northern exposure, oak flooring and am rethinking my entire trim color, White Dove. The house is a 1907 Craftsman home that has tons of trim, not a lot of wall space. Because White Dove has yellow undertones and no green, is it considered warm? Also, Revere Pewter is a yellow on Encyclocolorpedia (do people use this?) – I am confused and have a houseful of Manchester Tan that looks like…, well, you know!!!
    Crap. Help.


    • Laurel Bern - May 11, 2015 - 10:09 PM

      Hi Michelle,

      The palette I came up with would probably look very nice in a craftsman home. Of course, always test first. White dove is such an interesting color. Sometimes it looks really white and sometimes not.

      Revere Pewter is definitely not yellow! It is a warm gray with ever so slight green undertones without being green.

      haha! on the Manchester Tan!ReplyCancel

      • Michelle Tomlin - July 13, 2015 - 4:22 PM

        Thanks for your reply earlier! I am taking your color suggestions and running with them, although I have shifted some colors for different rooms. I swapped Newburg Green for Night Train (in our study) and it looks AMAZEBALLS, especially with my houseful of White Dove trim. Thanks for sending me in the right color direction. I will be hitting you up for a few consults later on. Love your blog, especially your dry wit.ReplyCancel

  • Deb - May 11, 2015 - 10:41 AM


    These look like great suggestions but can you also suggest colors for an open concept home? And possibly without green undertones? Lots of us have living areas where the kitchen, living room, dining room and hallways all flow into one another.

    This info would be greatly appreciated!


    • Laurel Bern - May 11, 2015 - 6:56 PM

      Hi Deb,

      I’ll tell you in all honesty, that I’m not particularly fond of open concept homes and for the reason that you just said. That isn’t to say that some areas can’t be more open like the kitchen/family room, etc. but I like individual rooms and my clientele tends to here. This might be more of a regional thing here in New York.

      In fact, sometimes, we actually put up a little partial wall to make a separation. We did this fairly recently with an open concept entry/living/dining room so that there could be a separate entrance. The living room and dining room, we painted in Benjamin Moore Cotton Balls oc-122 and the entry we did in a really cool grass cloth.

      That maybe wasn’t the answer you were hoping for, however there are so many different situations with open concept that coming up with a paint palette is very difficult. I tend to like a soft white in open contemporary homes. ReplyCancel

  • Sim - May 7, 2015 - 4:51 PM

    I just had plaster crown molding installed in all the rooms of the main floor of my home – should the crown molding be painted the same color and finish as the wood trim and ceiling? I have already decided that the wood trim and ceilings will be painted some version of a white color…


    • Laurel Bern - May 7, 2015 - 10:37 PM

      Hi Sim, I generally paint all the trim one color and in semi-gloss. The ceiling is flat and can be the same as the trim or a different color.ReplyCancel

  • MikeM - April 13, 2015 - 10:44 AM

    Hi all,

    I am looking for some color recommendations for my front entry door. The exterior color of our Cape-style house is BM’s Gray Mirage — any advice on what color to paint the entry door??

    Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks,

    • Laurel Bern - April 15, 2015 - 1:06 AM

      Hi Mike, Please contact me if you’re in need of a consult. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Tami - March 23, 2015 - 8:23 PM

    Quick question…. Is it ok to use White Dove for the ceiling if using it for the trim along with Revere Pewter on the walls? Or do you recommend a different ceiling color? Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 23, 2015 - 8:51 PM

      Hi Tami, Actually, I love the ceiling and trim painted the same color! Let’s ban “ceiling white.” It usually looks awful! Just be sure that the ceiling paint is in the flat or matte finish. It is also okay to use another white if you’d like a little contrast. However, it’s going to look different anyway! Perhaps try Cotton Balls OC-122 for the ceiling if you want a slightly brighter but still warm white. But there is nothing wrong with keeping the ceiling white dove. Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne - March 18, 2015 - 11:49 AM

    Just thought I’d mention that your number for Revere Pewter is shown as 2141-50, which is a completely different color. Should be HC something or other.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - March 12, 2015 - 9:03 PM

    I realize this is an older post but I was wondering if you could help with my particular situation. I love all the paint colors you have posted- they are beautiful and seem to work well together. My house is not two stories- only one. We have an entry way which is open to the living room and leads to a hallway. If you go right in the hallway you find the bedrooms, if you go left it leads you to a kitchen and another living room. My questions is- which color would you use for the hallway. My hallway also has a chair rail. I have wanted to paint the chair rail two different colors- a lighter one above and a darker one below. This is because the children have a habit of leaving marks all over the wall and I thought a darker color might disguise it better. Anyways, I was just wondering what your suggestions are.Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 15, 2015 - 1:37 AM

      What I recommend is using Benjamin Moore’s matte formulation which is washable. Another good solution is to do picture frame moulding and paint the entire area the same white as the trim.

      The children will grow in any case and then the marks will just be up higher. ;]ReplyCancel

  • Laurel Bern - February 16, 2015 - 9:43 AM

    Hi Joanne,

    I love green too! Now, about these colors. This drives me nuts, but I did this post on a PC and now have a macbook pro. I nearly had a nervous breakdown when I saw the difference in color display! It isn’t slight, it’s HUGE!!!

    I tried recalibrating the mac, but can’t. I had thought that the computers had gotten better that way, but apparently not. And the 64k ??? is which one is more accurate?

    I think it’s probably somewhere in between. The mac is definitely more brilliant and saturated, but a lot of the photos that I edited on the PC look like there’s a yellow film over them such as these. On the PC, they looked positively blue or purple before I edited them.

    Long-winded way of saying that most of these colors aren’t green, but some of them are muted greens or might have slight green undertones.

    IMO, I think that you should paint your home however you wish. You will never be able to please everyone but you can enjoy it for however long you are there. I feel that the most important thing is that the colors are beautiful and that the home is move-in ready. These are all beautiful colors— very neutral, but also appealing. best, LaurelReplyCancel

  • Joanne - February 16, 2015 - 9:24 AM

    I LOVE green, and would have probably painted every room one shade of green or another, but I thought it would be too much. I really like these colors. All of them are greenish, at least on my monitor.
    Can I really paint the whole house this way? We will sell and downsize within 5 years most likely, and I’ve been holding off doing any painting because I don’t want to live with beige in the meantime.

  • Jessica - February 6, 2015 - 4:35 PM

    I love these posts. I struggle with two things in my home; first, all of the trim, doors, and wainscoting are Linen white. It seems to throw some of the pairings off a little. A post on colors with linen white trim would be incredibly helpful.
    Second, we have custom light cherry cabinets in the kitchen, similar floorplan as above, which is northfacing. Is there a BM white shade you would recommend to make it bright and not drab?
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - February 4, 2015 - 8:14 AM

    Recently discovered and am enjoying your blog. Would be interested in seeing an article on adapting your no fail paint scheme to an open concept home with a very similar floor plan. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Madeleine - February 3, 2015 - 9:53 PM

    Love the colors with real life pictures in rooms.
    Thank you!ReplyCancel