The neutral trend for homes has taken over—and it looks like it will be sticking around for 2016 as well. Greys, tans and even whites are the perfect way to update any room in your home, especially if you have white molding. So pick your favorite color and grab a paint roller!
Here are our favorite colors (each category beginning with the lightest and ending with the darkest shade):
- Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray
- Benjamin Moore Dolphin Tales
- Sherwin Williams Ellie Gray
- Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan
- Sherwin Williams Neutral Ground
- Benjamin Moore Coastal Fog
- Sherwin Williams Alabaster
- Benjamin Moore China White
- Farrow & Ball Pointing
Some pro tips for picking colors:
Choose a Few
When you finally choose a few colors you love, ask for a sample size of the color. Paint a small swatch on each wall of the room you’re painting. This will help you ascertain how it will look in each type of light—near the window, over the lamp and in the darkest corner. This will help you choose the color that will look best with your furnishings and upholstery as well.
Cut it Up
If you’re painting a large room or would like some variation on your walls, but do not want to do a different colored accent wall, an easy way is to get the same color but “cut.” Cutting it 50%, for example, will give you the same color but subtly lighter. It will give your walls and room dimension without having to pick out more colors. And don’t be afraid to ask your paint professionals for their advice!
Know your Nap
When purchasing brushes and rollers, you may be tempted to just go for the second cheapest available (kind of like wine, right?), but rollers have different nap lengths, and you should choose based on the texture of the surface you’re painting. Here’s the breakdown: ⅛- to ¼-inch nap for smooth surfaces, a ⅜- to ½-inch nap for lightly textured drywall, and a ¾-inch nap for textured surfaces like brick.