In recent years, popular interior paint colors have included every shade of the rainbow, from pretty millennial pink to deep, dark shades like black and navy.
These days, while you won’t find a trend quite as ubiquitous as the aforementioned rosy shade, there are plenty of different colors to consider if your walls are in need of a refresh. After all, there’s no quicker or simpler way to add new life to your home than with a lick of paint. That said, trying to pick the best interior paint colors from a bunch of swatches that all look the same can be an overwhelming task, to say the least!
Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up some of the shades to consider for your upcoming paint project.
1. Dusty Violet
Shades of purple, from soft lilacs to bold plums, are having a big moment right now. But of these many hues, dusty violet is our top pick for your home.
As a harbinger of spring, warmer weather, and longer days, dusty violet reminds us of soft heathers blowing in the breeze and the approaching twilight on a hot summer evening. Its natural beauty shines through in living rooms, halls, and bedrooms, offering an elegant and comfortable feel. And, while it’s perfect for complementing white trims and natural wood finishes, don’t be afraid to mix in subtle hints of purple decor to bring the room together.
One thing to bear in mind when going from a light color like white or beige to a more saturated color like dusty violet is that you’ll need to use a tinted primer first. Or, if you want a more uniform color without having to do the extra work yourself, hiring a professional painter is always a wise choice.
2. Faded Terracotta
Like well-worn terracotta tiles lining the floor of a Mediterranean villa, this color conjures up warmth, relaxation, and an inviting family atmosphere.
Faded terracotta is a reddish hue that incorporates tones of orange and brown. Although, the faded element offers a soft take on standard terracotta. This ensures the color breathes new life into your walls without ever being overwhelming or brash.
As such, it works as well in smaller rooms as it does in larger areas. The result is intimate and inviting, with an understated vibrancy that radiates from your walls and echoes around your space. It’s also muted and versatile enough to offer the perfect backdrop for white trims, greenery, metallic accents, and natural fibers alike.
3. Cornflower Blue
Many of the most popular interior paint colors are various shades of blue, with this cool primary hue being one of the nation’s firm favorites.
If you’re looking for a warmer take on this classic color, cornflower blue is a great option. Its lilac undertones soften the cooling effect that most blues have, while its depth draws you in, creating a cozy, inviting effect for any interior.
Thanks to the balance of warm and cool that cornflower blue achieves, rooms painted in this color can combine any mixture of tones and shades. That said, it looks especially good against wooden floors and indoor plants, while neutral soft furnishings offer an ideal base for setting off this striking shade.
4. Soft Caramel
Despite its sweet and sickly name, this sandy shade is a lot chicer than you’d expect. Like most warm neutrals, soft caramel is versatile and sophisticated, and works especially well when layered with natural textures in similar tones like oak, bamboo, sisal, and rattan.
Thanks to its complementary rich undertones, this hue is a very liveable neutral that won’t detract from any warm or cool colors already present throughout your home. And, while you may need to add or subtract a few accent pieces, most colors and textures pair well with stylish yet understated interior paint colors like this warm and inviting shade.
Although most people would consider colors like soft caramel for the living room, we’re big fans of using this room in a bedroom. There, a light cream carpet or rug in natural wool can help break up the brown and provide a warming effect that’s not too uniform. And, you’ll also find the warmth of caramel walls very relaxing when bedtime rolls around.
Moving on from the sweetness of caramel to the creaminess of buttermilk, this shade of peachy-yellow is ideal for homely kitchens, casual family rooms, and inviting entrance halls.
Buttermilk has long been one of the most popular farmhouse interior paint colors. But these days, you’re more likely to see this sunny hue popping up in city apartments and suburban homes. It could be that we’re all craving a simpler way of life and want to reflect that in our interior house paint colors. Whatever the reason, the lure of coming home to the warm glow of walls bathed in buttermilk is more than enough to get many of us reaching for the paintbrush.
An advantage of buttermilk is that its yellow-toned base complements home both with and without a lot of natural light. And when the sun sets, you can also look forward to a cozy atmosphere as the walls reflect the soft illumination of artificial lights and flickering candles. Bliss!
Try These Popular Interior Paint Colors for Yourself
Although popular interior paint colors can vary from year to year, choosing a color that’s both popular and perfect for your home should always be your priority.
Luckily, the shades we’ve highlighted here are versatile and enduring enough to remain chic and stylish even when color trends change.
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