Paint Colors to Consider If You’re Tired of Grey!

These Paint Color Trends that move beyond the sea of greys reveal a rainbow of hues we may see raining on Pinterest (and dripping from paint brushes). But do they have endurance? Because I don’t plan to be re-painting in a year! And also, I could care less what “experts” report about shades of gray. I find greys indispensable and unlike American politics, dang cooperative with a room’s other design elements. Where do paint color trends come from anyway? For these, I reviewed assessments from design sites, browsed the work of brilliant designers, considered themes emerging in daily queries from readers of Hello Lovely, and analyzed cultural factors too.

October Mist 1495 - Benjamin Moore's 2022 color of the year - Hello Lovely. #octobermist #paintcolors #sagegreen #benjaminmoore

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Pantone Color of 2022: Very Peri

Here’s the hue Pantone says can help us embrace an altered landscape of possibilities:

Large Paper Swatch (TPG Sheet) - Pantone Color of the Year 2022
Very Peri – Pantone 2022 Color of Year

While I can see the cheerfulness in Very Peri, love blue skies, and can imagine it being adorable on a cottage exterior, it doesn’t work with the European country inspired ingredients that help me feel at home.

Pantone Color of the Year 2022 - Lee Eiseman Quote

Ever used periwinkle in decorating at home? I love it in the garden, and I painted our kids’ rooms this color (with its violet red undertones), but it is too bright for this girl.

Illuminating: Pantone’s 2021 Color of the Year

Last year’s color of the year was actually a union of two colors, and if you consider the colors of uncertainty and hope, the pairing will likely make good psychological sense.

The combination of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope. We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit.
2021 Pantone color of the year: the union of Ultimate Gray and also Illuminating.

But does yellow sunshine pigment evoke optimism for you?

Warm yellow painted kitchen cabinets and subway baksplash in a cheerfully organic space - via designindulgence. #yellowabinets #kitchendesigns
This deliciously amber-centric yellow moment discovered on Design Indulgence is a triumph.

Because while I enjoy lingering in hope, sunny yellow walls cause me to exit them.

However, the business of analyzing color and color psychology is a much broader topic than choosing wall colors. Have you seen yellow appearing more frequently on the runway or in your closet?

Inspiring New Year quote to promote hope, peace, love, and encouragement in the days ahead - Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #newyearquotes #encouragementquotes

In terms of trending paint colors in the 2020s, for me, blue is symbolic of hopefulness.

Blue is More Timeless Than Trendy

More than any other color, BLUE stands out as a color I imagine enduring as a popular trend.

Naval paint color by Sherwin Williams on the kitchen cabinets of a beautiful classic kitchen with calacatta backsplash and brass bridge faucet. #sherwinwilliamsnaval #paintcolors #kitchendesign #bluecabinets #bluepaintcolor
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Naval – Paint Color Trends We’ll See in the 2020s…in case you need smart paint color ideas!

It’s all too easy to love whether it covers kitchen cabinets in a classic way (above) or envelops a bedroom with velvety goodness (below – a la Sherry Hart’s masterful touch).

Newburyport Blue paint color on walls of bedroom by Benjamin Moore - Design by Sherry Hart. #newburyportblue #benjaminmoore #paintcolors #navybluepaint #bestnavyblue #interiordesign #bluebedroom
Design: Sherry Hart/Design Indulgence…hello handsome indeed (try BM Newburyport Blue).

This year, BHG predicts consumers will continue to embrace blue as a neutral after many years of atmospheric grey paint colors dominating in years past.

Newburyport Blue paint color on walls of bedroom by Benjamin Moore - Design by Sherry Hart. #newburyportblue #benjaminmoore #paintcolors #navybluepaint #bestnavyblue #interiordesign #bluebedroom
Design Indulgence – Paint Color Trends We’ll See in 2021…in case you need smart paint color ideas (try BM Newburyport Blue)!
Paint color ideas - Benjamin Moore color trends 2022 on Hello Lovely Studio. #paintcolors #2022paintcolors
Also see THIS for more info
Inspirational quote from Emily Dickinson about courage and fear. #quotes #emilydickinson

While Pantone is an established and esteemed color expert (drawing upon color psychology and consulting), paint companies make it their business to deeply understand and investigate how color and consumers interact.

Charming butler pantry! This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor
We gushed over this Fixer Upper famed home too HERE.

Since paint brands are guided by purchasing decisions of customers and their product development relies upon understanding demand, the opinions of “color experts” truly matter.

Beautiful living room with Sherwin Williams Shoji White paint color on walls - @whitewillow_cullman. #shojiwhite #sherwinwilliamsshojiwhite #whitepaintcolors #livingroom
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Shoji White paint color in living room – @whitewillow_cullman

Such experts synthesize data from trends as well as culture to forecast what colors homeowners are likely to roll on their walls.

Newburyport Blue paint color on walls of bedroom by Benjamin Moore - Design by Sherry Hart. #newburyportblue #benjaminmoore #paintcolors #navybluepaint #bestnavyblue #interiordesign #bluebedroom
Design Indulgence – Best Paint Colors Chosen by Designers as Well as Photos of Inspiring Interiors (try BM Newburyport Blue).
Emily Bronte inspirational love quote. #lovequotes #emilybronte #romancequote

Why Do Some Paint Colors Rise in Popularity?

How does a color expert intelligently assess what colors we’ll reach for in a given year?

Extra White (Sherwin Williams) paint on house exterior with SW Uncertain Gray on doors and trim - ChrissyMarieBlog. #extrawhite #paintcolors #exteriorcolors
ChrissyMarieBlogSherwin Williams Extra White on siding as well as Uncertain Gray on door.

Andrea Magno of Benjamin Moore told AD that experts spend months researching and traveling the globe “picking up cues and influences from different industries, including fashion, art, and even politics.”

(I’m still in love with pale blue-greys no matter what changes occur around the globe!)

BEHR Sterling paint color on accent wall in a bedroom.
Hello Lovely Studio – BEHR Sterling…certainly a tranquil option.

Ya know? I like the comforts sophisticated, non-colors bring.

BEHR MARQUEE 8 oz. 780E-3 Sterling Matte Interior/Exterior Paint and Primer in One Sample
BEHR Sterling…hello timelessly cool as well as tranquil.
Inspiring New Year quote to promote hope, peace, love, and encouragement in the days ahead - Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #newyearquotes #encouragementquotes

In that same article, Erika Woelful (an expert at Behr), noted that paint colors searched on Pinterest and even popular nail polish colors influence the forecast.

Green painted shiplap wall with whimsical hat collection (paint color: Acacia Haze) in a beautiful Southern home with design by April Tomlinson.
What a room (paint color: SW Acacia Haze 9132) by April Tomlinson…in case you need paint color ideas!

Pantone analyzes cultural influences (the entertainment industry, fine art, travel, fashion, and design) as well as “new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions.”

Not sure what the wall color is on these kitchen walls, but you could try No Filter (above) for a similar look. I’m painting a bath in the new house with the color and will let you know how it turns out.

Beautiful bespoke kitchen with deep blue-gray Shaker cabinets (deVOL) and white marble counters - design by @clarenceandgraves. #Englishkitchen #shakerkitchen #bespokekitchen
deVOL – Design: @clarenceandgraves…hello lovely indeed.

As you might imagine, technology is also an influencer of color along with “social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.”

Hemingway inspirational quote about life. #quotes #hemingway #lifequote #passionquote

1. Mindful & Classic Blues Are Relevant in the 2020s

Here’s the relaxing blue color HGSW chose as this year’s color of the year: Aleutian 3355, which they say is a perfectly balanced washed indigo that sets a restful tone since it’s grounded in both warm and cool tones.

Aleutian paint color (HGSW 3355) is a tranquil sophisticated blue-gray. #aleutian #hgswaleutian #paintcolors
Bedroom walls painted Aleutian 3355
Newburyport Blue paint color on walls of bedroom by Benjamin Moore - Design by Sherry Hart. #newburyportblue #benjaminmoore #paintcolors #navybluepaint #bestnavyblue #interiordesign #bluebedroom
Design IndulgenceBENJAMIN MOORE Newburyport Blue…hello classic style indeed.
Gorgeous and classic navy blue paint color: Newburyport Blue by Benjamin Moore. #benjaminmoore #newburyportblue #navybluepaint #paintcolors
BENJAMIN MOORE Newburyport Blue…in case you are drawn to timeless classics.
Magnificent backyard modern playhouse painted Sherwin Williams Naval. #paintcolors #sherwinwilliamsnaval #bluepaintcolor #navybluepaint
Vintage RevivalsSHERWIN WILLIAMS Naval on a playhouse…hello darling indeed!
Naval blue paint color by Sherwin Williams. #navybluepaint #naval #sherwinwilliamsnaval
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Naval

In my own home, I often turn to paint colors from Behr and Glidden and often order samples from Home Depot. You can snag them with free shipping…so I am linking to a few favs seen here.

Chinese Porcelain PPG paint color in a blue bedroom. #bluebedroom #chineseporcelain #paintcolors
Glidden/PPG’s Color of the Year: Chinese Porcelain…in case you admire traditional blues.
Luxurious French country custom kitchen with pastel colors and superb bespoke details by L'Atelier Paris. #bespoke #luxurykitchen #frenchkitchen #frenchcountrykitchen
Courtesy of L’Atelier Paris Haute Design…also see THIS for more bespoke luxury.
Elvis Presley inspirational quote. #quotes #elvis

2. Nurturing Warm Earthy Neutrals

Not sure what this calm green-khaki paint color is, but I have some ideas.

Warm khaki green painted board and batten paneling with green velvet sofa.
Omghomedecor – Best Paint Colors Chosen by Designers as Well as Photos of Inspiring Interiors.

Try BM October Mist – their color of the year for 2022.

October Mist 1495 - Benjamin Moore's 2022 color of the year - Hello Lovely. #octobermist #paintcolors #sagegreen #benjaminmoore
Benjamin Moore 2022 Color of the Year!

And here are a few more earthy green options:

9 earthy green paint colors from Benjamin Moore to consider - Hello Lovely. #greenpaint #paintcolors #earthygreen
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The color on this bedroom wall with applied trim below looks similar to BM Flora.

 Chambery Upholstered Bed.
Chambery Upholstered Bed – Best Paint Colors Chosen by Designers as Well as Photos of Inspiring Interiors.

Apparently beiges and warm neutrals are more popular than grays for 2022:

Creamy Mushroom Behr paint color in stairway nook. #creamymushroom #behrcreamymushroom #paintcolors
Paint color: BEHR Creamy Mushroom…hello lovely, faithful natural neutrals indeed.
BEHR PREMIUM PLUS 8 oz. #PPU5-13 Creamy Mushroom Flat Interior/Exterior Paint and Primer in One Sample
BEHR Creamy Mushroom…in case you are drawn to tones suggestive of stone.

And here’s a neutral that feels more European influenced:

BEHR Park Avenue paint color on board and batten paneled walls of a coastal bathroom - Design Sponge. #parkavenue #behrparkavenue #paintcolors #mushroompaintcolor
Design SpongeBEHR Park Avenue paint color in bathroom…this board and batten is also inspiring.
BEHR MARQUEE 8 oz. #MQ2-55 Park Avenue One-Coat Hide Matte Interior/Exterior Paint and Primer in One Sample
BEHR Park Avenue…hello lovely indeed.

3. Deeply Organic & Moody

More folks are going for moody tones on their kitchen and bath cabinets, and charcoal is a great choice.

Sherwin Williams Carbonized paint color on a traditional vanity in a renovated bathroom - Hello Lovely Studio. #sherwinwilliams #carbonized #charcoalgrey #paintccolors
Hello Lovely Studio – SW Carbonized on a bath vanity.

I actually used Carbonized on interior doors and handrail at the new house, and we’ll see if they stay that color! Seriously! I have to live with things before I know for sure!

Leanne Ford painted this gorgeous staircase PPG Black Magic, while wals are PPG Sugar Soap, and trim is PPG Delicate White. #blackmagic #ppgblackmagic #paintcolors #blackpaintcolor
Design: Leanne Ford for HGTV’s Restored by the Fords (Photo: Reid Rolls Interiors). Paint color on staircase: PPG/GLIDDEN Black Magic – walls: PPG/GLIDDEN Sugar Soap – trim: PPG/GLIDDEN Delicate White.

Obviously it’s fun to know which colors designers reach for…

and I love how Sherry Hart took a risk in her bedroom and still hasn’t changed back to white walls!

Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain black paint color on walls of beautiful bedroom designed by Sherry Hart. #ironmountain #benjaminmooreironmountain #paintcolors #darkpaintcolors #b;aclbedrpp,
Paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Iron Mountain – Photo/Design: Sherry Hart.

If you haven’t tried a color like this that can read brown in some light, dark gray in others, and even soft black, try it!

Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain soft black paint color.
BENJAMIN MOORE Iron Mountain
Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain black paint color on walls of beautiful bedroom designed by Sherry Hart. #ironmountain #benjaminmooreironmountain #paintcolors #darkpaintcolors #b;aclbedrpp,
Paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Iron Mountain/Design: Sherry Hart.
Emily Bronte inspirational quote about dreaming. #quotes #emilybronte #dreamquotes

If you’re feelin’ spicy, here’s a wild card for an earthy hue:

Behr Cider Spice paint color on walls of bathroom. #ciderspice #behrciderspice #orangepaintcolors #paintcolors #earthypaintcolor #pumpkinspicepaintcolor
BEHR Cider Spice…in case your favorite season is fall.

4. Peaceful Pastels

With the popularity of modern farmhouse and Grandmillennial style in recent years, pastels have become a familiar site on Instagram and in Pinterest-land.

Light Drizzle paint color by Behr on a front door. #lightdrizzle #behrlightdrizzle #lightbluepaintcolor
Paint color on door: BEHR Light Drizzle

Some influencers change the color of their front door with the season’s change!

Here’s a precious color I considered for our tiny house which has a white exterior:

BEHR Nature's Reflection paint color. #behr #naturesreflection #paintcolors #pastelpaintcolor
Paint color on door: BEHR Nature’s Reflection

Isn’t it divine?

BEHR PREMIUM PLUS 8 oz. #N430-2 Natures Reflection Flat Interior/Exterior Paint and Primer in One Sample
BEHR Nature’s Reflection…hello lovely restful indeed.

I ended up choosing BM Boothbay Gray after sampling a bunch of options. Here’s another beauty:

Greyhound by Benjamin Moore on front door of beautiful white Tudor home exterior in Denver by Studio McGee. #greyhound #benjaminmooregreyhound #paintcolors #greypaintcolors
Studio McGee – door paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Greyhound; brick is painted BENJAMIN MOORE China White.

These green-grays are hugely popular right now since GREEN is all the rage, and a color like this is so neutral.

A gorgeous soft grey-green paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Greyhound. #benjaminmooregreyhound #greypaintcolor #paintcolors #interiordesign
BENJAMIN MOORE Greyhound

Have a favorite front door color?

A beautiful grey-green painted front door on a white brick home.
Decorpad – Best Paint Colors Chosen by Designers as Well as Photos of Inspiring Interiors.
Timeless pastel paint colors to consider including SW Silvermist, BM Silver Mist and BM Sugarcane - Hello Lovely Studio. #paintcolors #frenchcountry #pastelpaint #interiordesign #romanticdecor #girlsbedrooms
Also see THIS for pastel ideas!

5. Sophisticated & Subtle

If you’re after an atmospheric neutral that doesn’t have “gray” in the name…

Reclaimed wood doors in kitchen. This tranquil Tudor cottage was renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper by Chip and Joanna and is known as the Scrivano House. #fixerupper #scrivano #cottagestyle #interiordesign #greytrim #serenedecor
Joanna Gaines – HGTV’s Fixer Upper

here’s a color I have used with great success:

BEHR MARQUEE 8 oz. #N370-2 Eon Matte Interior/Exterior Paint and Primer in One Sample
BEHR Eon…in case you need an atmospheric and contemplative green-gray.

It’s a mysterious kind of color that reads a beautiful pale aqua green in strong sunlight and cooler in low light.

BEHR Classic Silver on cabinets in a kitchen with Viatera quartz counters (Soprano). #classicsilver #behrclassicsilver #paintcolors
Hello Lovely Studio – BEHR Classic Silver…in case you admire a grey that will look blue-grey in strong sunlight.

Classic Silver may seem cool too, but when I used it on cabinets in the Southwest with that intense sunlight, it was this wonderful blue-grey!

Behr Classic Silver grey paint color that is very close to Annie Sloan Paris Grey chalk paint.
BEHR Classic Silver

6. Nature’s Favorite

If GREEN colors are going to be everywhere, we may as well have plenty of choices.

Front door is painted Behr Back to Nature - the 2020 Color of the year, bringing a calm yellowy-green option with a natural vibe! #paintcolor #greenpaint #calmpaintcolor
Paint color on door: BEHR Back to Nature

How would you characterize this color? It feels so spring-like to me.

BEHR Back to Nature paint color is Behr's 2020 color of the year - it's a yellowy green with a peaceful vibe.
BEHR Back To Nature was Behr’s 2020 Color of the Year is this calm, yellowy green which reminds me a little of a pear’s hue.

And I can imagine it being delicious in a kitchen…

Walls: Back to Nature S340-4
   Trim: Back to Nature S340-4
   Cabinets: Back to Nature S340-4
Beautiful green paint color: BEHR Back to Nature

Do you like your greens more mossy?

Or reminiscent of teal? (Don’t get me started on this lovely entry’s floor!)

7. Chalky Blues

Oh, these muddy, chalky, hazy, dirty blues. I just love ’em.

In the staircase room a door is painted PPG Phantom - as part of the Smith project on HGTV's Restored by the Fords with design by Leanne Ford. #paintcolors #interiordesign #ppg #phantom #leanneford #restoredbythefords
Design: Leanne Ford/HGTV Restored by the Fords – Photo: Reid Rolls. Paint color on door: PPG/GLIDDEN Phantom; walls are PPG Delicate White and trim is PPG Sugar Soap.

There’s something very Scandi about this shade:

Yet it works in both humble and fancier spaces…

PPG Phantom paint color on walls.
Paint color on walls; PPG/GLIDDEN Phantom

Blue Blood has more green in it…

and reads teal in certain light:

Blue Blood PPG paint color is used as a unique stripe around an archway in a dining room on HGTV;s Restored by the Fords with design by Leanne Ford. #blueblood #ppg #paintcolors #interiordesign #leanneford #restoredbythefords #diningroom #stripe
Design: Leanne Ford – Photo: Reid Rolls Interiors. Stripe around archway is PPG/GLIDDEN Blue Blood paint color.
Emily Dickinson inspirational quote about introspection. #quotes #emilydickinson

YOUR TURN: Is there a paint color you have been meaning to try? What is keeping you from picking up a sample?

Charles Spurgeon quote about life. #quotes #charlesspurgeon #lifequotes

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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22 Comments

  1. February 8, 2020 / 9:27 am

    I agree with the blues – in fact, we painted our dining room SW Naval a couple years ago and I feel happy every time I walk in there. Best decision ever! I’m glad to see people appreciating color but I also enjoy some neutrals.
    Shelley

    • Michele
      Author
      February 8, 2020 / 12:25 pm

      Hi Shelley! Thanks for the vote for NAVAL – what a wonderful color for a dining room and forget trends, how timeless! You know I’m a neutral girl too as I’m so comforted by the many shades of white (which is all the colors after all!). I’m ready for the color to come back to my garden. 🙂

  2. Theresa
    February 8, 2020 / 2:25 pm

    You seem to read my mind … or my anxieties! We are remodeling to kitchen and I picked Star Mark’s blueberry Shaker cabinets … pale gray walls, white marble mosaic tile backsplash, etc. I had a moment of panic and thought, “Maybe I should have gone with gray or white cabinets!” Then I looked at Pinterest (blue cabinets) and remembered that I wanted to walk into our kitchen (southeast corner) and be happy and peaceful at the same time. (I also wanted to make my husband’s love of blue come into the picture.) The contractor is sending pics/video of cabinets and I DO LOVE ‘EM! Whew!! What I love about this blue is that the cabinets, depending on the sunlight / shade, sometimes look black. Thanks for showing ‘blue’ off!!

    • Michele
      Author
      February 9, 2020 / 5:53 pm

      So happy you feel more at peace about the decision – it’s so good to take some risks, and I can just imagine how chic it will all look together. Blue is so classic, and I think it’s the favorite color of the majority of people. The way I see it – years down the line – you or someone else could change the color if for any reason it no longer felt right. With having southeast light…bonus! 🙂

  3. February 9, 2020 / 1:13 pm

    Hi Michele!
    I loved seeing your framed drawing in the bedroom shot! It looks great! Also, I’m obsessed with that rich shade of blue. It looks so fantastic on the lower kitchen cabinets in the first photo. Thanks for the inspiration! Have a beautiful Sunday my friend!

    • Michele
      Author
      February 9, 2020 / 1:42 pm

      It’s a treasure for sure and continues to inspire me, Holly. Thank you so much for creating it and using your gifts to birth beauty into the world. xox

  4. Mumbai
    February 10, 2020 / 10:52 am

    like blue sky but not blue walls, even it’s Pantone colour of this year.

    • Michele
      Author
      February 10, 2020 / 12:50 pm

      I hear you – getting blue walls right is quite a feat. I have tried all sorts of colors on my walls over the years but find I tire easily of saturated hues and return to comforting neutrals. 🙂

  5. Rachel
    May 6, 2020 / 10:52 pm

    Hi! Is the blue door underneath the Studio McGee house also greyhound? I love it! Thanks!

    • Michele
      Author
      May 7, 2020 / 2:59 pm

      It looks very similar, and in researching this color, that image kept popping up. Since I couldn’t find confirmation, I can’t say for sure that this aqua/green/grey is greyhound but it sure is close.

  6. February 8, 2021 / 9:44 am

    Hi Michele,
    Thanks for these great paint colors. The exterior whites with soft Gray door colors particularly. They’re the hardest thing to pick out. Have a beautiful day!XOXO

    • Michele
      Author
      February 8, 2021 / 11:30 am

      Thank you for taking this for a spin and for stopping by, creator of magic. I think my favorite thing about Facebook (besides the convenience of it as a human rolodex) is seeing what your beautiful hands have brought to life on the canvas, on the page, on the wall, in the homes of collectors. It never grows old. Thank you for supporting me, and I am ever at your service for press – send any images of work, installations, gallery yada yada, and I will do my best to weave them into a story to spread more love for the work. Truly. [email protected] 🙂

  7. Carole
    February 8, 2021 / 10:37 am

    This is a beautiful post, Michele. The pictures, the quotes and your insights. Thank you so much. I am fascinated by changing fashion in home interiors and exteriors and changing fashion on our bodies. We have everything from the innovators to the traditionalists, all of whom are affected by outside influences and inside emotions. Some of us are excited by new and some of us are calmed by familiar. And, some of us just want to followed the trends and change when they do. Since God made the colors, we know they are all lovely. I’m so thankful we have the ability to enjoy His work in our own individual ways. So interesting. Living with other humans is definitely not boring!

    • Michele
      Author
      February 8, 2021 / 11:27 am

      Love reading your thoughts always, friend. You seem to sense the wordless in the white space of my posts with a tender (and rare) sensitivity. And I think you process content and influence in a similar way that I do: it’s always a synthesis, always something brand new created from multiple disciplines, realms, and frequencies. God seems to love diversity, and I have come to see how he is doing more than breathing life into it all – it feels as though He is the actual breath. Never boring. Never not rich. Never not complex. And I am sharing this in a spirit of unknowing as a clueless traveler journeying with Divine Mystery. xox

  8. Lynn
    February 8, 2021 / 1:08 pm

    Pinterest has been a true help during the two+ years of rebuilding our home. Your posts (& quotes) are a true inspiration. I have had to drill down inside my soul to center itself on what makes me happy & contented in spite of what is “trending”. It is quite wonderful to come across others who have the same goal.

    Thank you for sharing such insightful reflections – and not just about “decorating trends”. You have a lovely soul.

    • Michele
      Author
      February 8, 2021 / 3:20 pm

      What kind words of blessing today! Thank you! Rebuilding is such a fruitful journey where you cannot help but grow from the lessons along the way, yes? In our prior home, I reached a point where I felt I needed to evolve and needed new scenery to stretch and blossom. What better seedbed than a wild neglected mess of a shelter and garden! Your own journey to clarify your core desires is so important – how much of the time do we sleepwalk into stress when we don’t know what it is we truly want? Desire is so critical, and I can recall precise moments when for me, desire crystalized and a sense of peace and relief washed over me. Decorating schmecorating, today seems to be a day of contemplation and gratitude for many of us. I’m in the desert sunshine soaking up vitamin D and staying alert to the voice of Love. xox

  9. Beth
    February 2, 2022 / 7:03 am

    Awesome post! Thank you!

    • Michele
      Author
      February 2, 2022 / 6:38 pm

      Thanks so much, Beth. So happy to have you here! 🙂

      • February 5, 2022 / 3:27 pm

        Are there any rules to follow when you are picking exterior paint colors? We are getting ready to paint the exterior of our home and I am having a problem picking the colors. I live in the South so the temperature and sun is intense. I was going with a dark color but then was advised not to go this route since it would fade. Also part of my home is red brick with shades of dark gray, off white and beige grout. We just put on a new metal roof in light gray. Do I try and match colors in the brick or go with a color to match the grout?

        • Michele
          Author
          February 5, 2022 / 3:54 pm

          As long as you keep your color choices natural and neutral, there are few rules for choosing the exterior color. I would do an exhaustive search on Pinterest of red brick homes and see if a pattern emerges as far as the color you like. I’m guessing you like grey since you chose it for the roof and were leaning toward dark grey paint until you reconsidered because of fading. If you like the grout color, that may be a smart place to start. Instead of choosing just one swatch similar to the grout, look at 3 in the natural light so you can see the subtle differences. Could you use dark gray for trim/shutters/accents?

  10. Zein Jallad
    April 13, 2022 / 12:57 am

    Hi,
    I’m considering doing Behr’s Creamy Mushroom as the main whole house color (minus a couple bedrooms).
    I have hardwood floors (probably a red oak golden amber type color).
    What color trim would you recommend? A bright white, such as BM Chantilly Lace or a softer white, such as White Dove?
    Thanks!

    • Michele
      Author
      April 13, 2022 / 11:21 am

      Such a great question that deserves consideration! The easy answer would be White Dove if you want the home to feel more traditional and Chantilly Lace for a more modern look. But there’s more to it. In the house we just moved into, the painted trim (chosen by previous owner) is Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane in High Hide White (Satin). It is a very bright white yet feels very traditional. I happen to love brighter whites like Chantilly Lace in older homes I think because the effect is freshened traditional style. Do brighter whites make rooms feel cold? They can, but you should determine whether you are drawn to cooler tones in general or warmer tones. Peek in your closet. I’m a cool-toned fan, and my closet is predominantly blues and cool whites.

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