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We asked top designers what wall paint color they would choose if they could only have one. Here are their picks.
"When you hear 'gray' you think dreary, but this is a wonderful gray that has a lot of light in it, especially when paired with white trim. Even on a dreary day it looks good. Plus, it's a color that works well with so many other colors. It's absolutely beautiful with peacock blue accessories."
-- Mary Hickey, Minneapolis designer
Learn the must-know rules for choosing color from designer Elaine Griffin.
"This pale gray-blue is soft and soothing. It's kind of like sea glass where it can look blue or green -- and it works with both. And it's great with neutrals or cream. I've used it in a beach house, a traditional home, a sorority house -- so it has a lot of flexibility."
-- Janie Hirsch, Atlanta designer
Gray-blue is a color that's both modern and classic. It has the versatility of a blue and the contemporary cool of a gray. Sea Salt will look great with almost any accent.
"This is my go-to whenever a neutral, but not boring, background is needed. It's a chameleon color. It has the amazing ability to read either warm or cool and never fails to make its surroundings elegant in any light."
-- Mandy Lowry, Atlanta designer
Beige works well in any room and with any accent hue. Clay Beige is an off-white hue that suits any environment.
Just like any great neutral, Savory Beige (also sold in some regions as Churchill Hotel Ecru) looks good everywhere and with everything.
"When I'm using a color rather than a neutral for walls, I pick in the golden range. With a little tone of green peeking through, this yellow is not so intense that it's overly dramatic. It's warm and embracing - not one of those overly cheerful yellows. It's a subtle yellow you'll never tire of."
-- Barry Dixon, Washington, D.C., designer
Yellow is a popular wall color because it brightens rooms and is versatile enough to go with almost any style of furniture or accent. Gervase Yellow is a muted hue that has these attributes yet isn't too intense for rooms with lots of natural light.