Most Popular Interior Paint Colors
Finding the best interior paint colors for your house is hard. As a homeowner, you’re faced with an endless array of colors, shades, and sheens. To complicate things further, you’ll need to coordinate paint colors between rooms and surfaces. That’s why our color experts created this top 10 favorite interior paint colors to make it easy for you.
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Regardless if you’re sprucing up your bedroom walls or painting the whole house, here are the top 10 most popular interior paint colors for any room.
Best Paint Color Criteria
First and foremost, our goal is to save you time and money with this list. You shouldn’t spend all weekend ordering test patch swatches and driving to paint stores.
To simplify the process, the paint colors listed are fairly neutral, easy to match or pair, and can be used in most rooms in the home. Remember, every home is different and the amount of light in a room affects how colors look.
Accordingly, we’ve combined past job data, modern search trends, and interior designer favorites to rank paint colors by frequency of use and popularity.
With this list of the best paint colors for your home, we hope to make the process as simple and easy as possible. Let’s start with one of our favorite classic interior paint colors for any room of the house.
Sherwin Williams Pure White
Pure White (SW 7005) by Sherwin Williams is a versatile off-white paint color that is often used in the kitchen, bedroom, or living room. Likewise, it has a soft, warmer taupe tone that doesn’t feel terribly creamy and pairs well with gray color palettes.
Flexibility is key with this popular modern neutral interior color as it can be used on walls, cabinets, trim, or ceilings.
Benjamin Moore Classic Gray
Benjamin Moore Classic Gray (BM 1548) is a natural light warm gray color that registers as a sophisticated off-white on the walls of most rooms. A top paint color among designers, this can be used to paint the whole house, bedroom, living room, or kitchen. You can use this color instead of white in a darker room and it works in both north or south-facing rooms.
Repose Gray Sherwin-Williams
This warm neutral paint color looks gray without feeling too cold. It’s a great color for walls in living rooms, foyers, dining rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. Repose Gray (SW 7015) has slight taupe or green undertones and pairs well with white trim colors like Extra White (SW 7006).
The combination of gray and beige blends perfectly, allowing this color to go with most existing home paint color palettes.
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PPG Delicate White
As PPG’s most popular white color, Delicate White (PPG1001-1) is a cooler-toned, pale color that can be used on your walls, trim, or both. Ultimately versatile, it pairs with most paint colors and allows for a fresh contrast in rooms with natural wood trim.
One thing to watch for with this off-white PPG Paint color is the yellow undertones that can come through depending on lighting and existing room decor. In any event, this is an inviting color option that can brighten up smaller rooms.
Sea Salt By Sherwin Williams
Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt (SW 6204) is a popular coastal “neutral” interior paint color that is a mix of gray and green. Used often in bathrooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and mudrooms, this is a relaxing cooler-leaning color with slight blue undertones.
This color has been described as “chameleon-like” in that it looks different in a variety of rooms/lighting. It also happens to be one of the most researched painting colors in the US with nearly 50,000 online searches per month.
Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace
One of Benjamin Moore’s truest whites, Chantilly Lace (OC-65) is a crisp, clean interior color with slightly gray undertones used on trim, cabinets, and walls. In most rooms and lighting, it reads like a warm white and can be used on ceilings as well.
Now as one of the whitest whites, it may take a third or fourth coat when painting over most wall colors. Therefore, it’s no surprise that this popular interior shade has the same wall coverage issues as Sherwin’s Highly Reflective White and Behr’s Ultra Pure White. Nonetheless, it acts as a great contrasting trim color to other popular Benjamin Moore wall colors, Revere Pewter and Gray Owl.
Behr Swiss Coffee
Swiss Coffee 12 by Behr is another warm white that has a neutral base that may appear more creamy, yellow depending on room lighting or time of day. In any case, it’s Behr’s most popular interior paint shades, and test swatches can be found in most Home Depot stores.
Behr’s Swiss Coffee has a bit of a beige undertone and is a popular neutral hue for bedrooms, living rooms, basements, and family rooms.
Farrow and Ball Hague Blue
Hague Blue (No. 30) by Farrow Ball is a deep, darker blue-green that is a popular choice as an accent color or whole room color. Similar to SW Sea Salt, the color changes slightly in different interior lighting situations. It’s a rich and luxurious paint color that works well in a home office, dining room, or as a contrasting kitchen island cabinet color.
This popular Farrow & Ball color pairs beautifully with white trim or bright furniture pieces as a moody backdrop. It also works well with brass fixtures or a white tile bathroom as a classic shade of blue.
Gray Owl By Benjamin-Moore
One of the best-selling paints for Benjamin Moore in recent years, Gray Owl (2137-60) is a highly versatile warm-ish gray paint color. While blue, colder undertones may come out in certain lights, it’s still a very popular living room or kitchen paint color.
It can also be used in hallways and contrasts well with crisp white trim and flat white ceilings as a wall color. It reflects light in a room but won’t make a small room look bigger like some of the white colors above.
Origami White (Sherwin Williams)
Sherwin Williams’ Origami White (SW 7636) is a balanced, modern wall color that is becoming more popular each year. It is white with a slight tan undertone that can be a neutral backdrop for most rooms in your house.
Origami White’s unique warm hue is why many interior decor experts swear by it as the perfect neutral paint color.
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Interior Paint Colors By Brand
Oftentimes, you’ll be considering paint colors from specific brands as a homeowner.
In this case, your paint crew may have a preferred painting brand or a specific paint store may be located nearby. More often than not, those stores include paint colors from specific paint brands at Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Home Depot, or Lowes stores.
To make things easy, we’re going to highlight our best picks for interior paint colors from brands carried by each store.
Best Interior Color At Sherwin Williams
The top-selling paint color by Sherwin Williams is Agreeable Gray (SW 7029). This popular pick from Sherwin is a softer warm gray paint color that coordinates with most other paint colors.
The color is a balanced softer shade that goes with any home style. It’s often used as a wall color in living rooms, hallways, or staircases. This greige tone is best used on walls and works very well with a variety of colors including white trim, greens, blues, teals, and virtually any contrasting warm paint color.
Did you know that Sherwin also carries some of our favorite exterior paint products? If you are painting exterior stucco or wood siding, their SuperPaint and Duration lines are solid picks.
Top Benjamin Moore Paint Color
We mentioned Chantilly Lace earlier but another top Benjamin Moore paint color is White Dove (OC-17). This is a classic style short shade of white that has a hint of warmth to it.
White Dove is a neutral favorite for homeowners and contractors, often used on interior trim, moldings, baseboards, and doors.
Home Depot’s Best Painting Color
Home Depot carries a few different paint color brands including Behr, PPG, and Glidden. We recommend Behr in particular for budget DIY painting projects like painting a small bedroom. Please note, paint offerings from big box stores are cheaper but the paint is “entry-level” when it comes to quality. Specifically, the coverage and finish of the paint will leave a lot to be desired.
The best interior paint color at home Depot is Behr White 52. It’s a cooler-toned white color that has enough of a tint to be categorized as an “off-white”. Likewise, this is most apparent when you pair it as a wall color with trim painted in a true or base white.
For exteriors, you can check our new trending house paint color list which includes Behr’s popular Polar Bear 75.
Lowes Interior Paint Colors
Lowes, as a whole, is a slightly nicer version of Home Depot but that comes with slightly higher prices and a limited selection. Nonetheless, Lowes carries known interior paint brands like Valspar and HGTV Home by Sherwin.
If you are confused about the difference between paint found at a Sherwin Williams paint store and the HGTV brand carried by Lowes, we are too. Likewise, it may worth a future blog post.
For now, we will highlight one nice aspect of this confusing corporate partnership. Most if not all Sherwin Williams paint color swatches can be picked up at Lowes. If you live closer to a Lowes versus a Sherwin Store like me, this is super useful.
As a general rule of thumb, you can always ask any paint store to mix colors for you from other brands (they all share the mix codes).
Valspar Paint Colors
A few recommended favorite paint colors from Valspar are as follows. Gilded Linen is a great warmer neutral, Summer Gray is a cooler off-white, and Oyster Pearl is another popular choice. We also like Granite Dust for kitchen cabinets or island accent pairings. Not to mention, Blissful Blue by Valspar is a homey bedroom color that contrasts well with white trim.
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Interior Painting Color FAQs
Which neutral wall color is most popular in 2021?
The most popular neutral interior paint color of 2021 is Pure White by Sherwin-Williams. This popular neutral wall color is beloved by interior designers for any room. It's a warm interior shade with subtle hints of creme. Known for its versatility, Pure White can be used on interior walls and trim as well as cabinets and ceilings.
What's the best interior paint brand for 2021?
The best interior paint brand in 2021 is Benjamin Moore. A majority of professional painters agree that Regal Select by Benjamin Moore is the best quality interior paint you can buy. Sherwin Williams is the second-best interior paint brand of 2021. For interior paints, their Cashmere and SuperPaint product lines are rated number two and three respectively.
What is Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2022?
The HGTV Home By Sherwin-Williams 2022 color of the year is Aleutian (HGSW3355). Sherwin Williams Aleutian is a dusty blue paint color with enough gray undertones to act as a fantastic neutral backdrop for any interior wall. If you like blue but don't want vibrant aqua or dark navy room, this trending shade is for you.