You want your rental to feel like yours. Plus, it’s the best time to do it as the weather is getting warmer, helping the paint dry properly. Did you know that most paints won’t dry correctly if the temperature is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit?
According to a 2019 Houzz study, gray is the top pick for kitchen renovations. But you may want a paint color that says a little more. While you don’t want your home interior to look like a place decorated by the Easter bunny, spring hues gravitate to more vibrant colors that make a great statement. And yes, that includes white.
Having fun with colors can be a scary decor adventure, but know that you can always paint it back. Narrowing down a favorite can be nerve-racking (and there are certainly tools to sample colors on your wall), but it all comes down to what room you’re painting.
Get your painter’s tape and brush ready. We’ve compiled the most popular interior paint colors to make it a little easier for you.
1. Sherwin-Williams Alabaster SW7008
Sometimes a room needs a new coat of white to look like a million bucks. You can’t go wrong with Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster — a versatile warm white — to revive a dark room. Pair it with a more refreshing white on the ceiling and molding for a balanced contrast.
Alabaster works in practically every room in the house and pairs well with grays and wood accents. It will instantly both brighten and cozy up a room. If you’ve just moved into your home, we suggest starting with this color throughout — a blank slate, if you will — and then add more color as you live in the house.
2. Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue 281
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Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue is a classic deep navy paint color that’s best used as a statement. It creates a dramatic impact on your living room or bedroom when used as a one-wall statement.
Grays, blacks, deep greens and warmer wood stains work great in the space and create a perfect atmosphere. Use it on one wall and keep the other walls a warm white with white trim and ceiling, as shown above, for a clean feel. Sherwin-Williams’ Alabaster (see previous entry) makes a great complement to Stiffkey Blue.
Don’t be afraid to fill the room with plants, as well, since this deep navy plays well with organic textures and hues — the deeper greens, the better.
3. Farrow & Ball Pink Ground 202
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Millennial pink was so last decade — enter Farrow & Ball’s Pink Ground. This dusty pink is very subtle — almost a neutral — and adds unexpected interest to otherwise dull rooms.
The hue will remind you of roses in bloom yet remain relevant throughout the year, especially during those gray winters. Another fun way to incorporate it into your interiors? By painting the ceiling pink instead of the walls.
Accessories will be vital to making Pink Ground stand out. Wicker baskets, gold accents and pops of black and green will make the room timeless. It’s great for bedrooms, as it creates a soothing feeling that will have you counting sheep in no time.
4. Benjamin Moore Sweet Basil 445
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Greenery is back this spring season as the weather warms up and, with it, a feeling of freshness in the air. That’s at the heart of Benjamin Moore’s Sweet Basil — a mossy green that pairs well with pastels like pink and creamy white. This deep, almost-jewel hue will inspire you to bring in warm stained wood into your space with pops of gold.
If you have a small guest bathroom, Sweet Basil, from top to bottom, will make a good statement for any of your home visitors. For a quick reno, replace the hardware in the cabinets and sink plus any lighting to pop with the new green. An elegant mirror with a gold border would also pop against Sweet Basil.
5. Sherwin-Williams Bravo Blue SW6784
Bravo Blue from Sherwin-Williams (seen above in the top mountain) looks crisp next to a cooler white trim and catches the eye when paired with neutrals. Beyond using it for a boy’s room, this blue pops in a bathroom with brushed silver hardware and wicker accessories. It will also look elegant as a single statement wall in a smaller guest room, with the bed against it. Or use it to paint a mural, like above, to create interest in a child’s bedroom.
It’s vibrant without looking like an Easter egg basket. The key is to play around with accessories, textures and textiles to get the most out of this hue.
6. Benjamin Moore Alaskan Husky 1479
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If you’re looking for a soothing gray that isn’t drab, Alaskan Husky from Benjamin Moore is an excellent neutral pick. This classic hue pairs well with cooler wood stains, browns and jewel tones — think a deep red or darker emerald green. But it can also be used solo for a neutral base paired with a busy rental-friendly wallpaper.
Use Alaskan Husky in smaller rooms, hallways, closets and bathrooms as a neutral base to build on and add color with furniture and other accents.
Keep your interiors simple
It’s easy to go overboard with bright colors to bring light into your home. Choose wisely as you create a color story throughout the rooms of your home. Try different trends to use more statement hues, such as pink — think statement wall, wall stencil or textured wall treatment. The new colors will give your interior decor a new life.
You can also pair any of these interior colors with a rental-friendly wallpaper. Many companies now have peel-and-stick papers that are easy to remove so you can keep your security deposit.