9 Designer Color Palettes
Ann Fox's Juicy Citrus
Walls: Benjamin Moore Sweet Pear 389Accent wall or painted furniture: Benjamin Moore Tuscan Coral 005Fabric accent: Benjamin Moore Florida Pink 1320Accent furniture: Benjamin Moore Sweet Vibrations 391
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Katie Lydon's New Pink
Katie says: This is a rich gray that looks great with white trim. You can change the accent colors and therefore, the whole feel of the room without a huge expense.
Walls: Benjamin Moore Smoke Embers AC-28Upholstery: Benjamin Moore Natural Cream OC-14Painted coffee table or other accent: Benjamin Moore Van Buren Brown HC-70Pillows: Benjamin Moore Rose Silk 2104-60Small accents: Metallic silver
Mimi McMakin's Brights
Mimi says: This combination of colors would bring the memory of summer days, year-round--a soft turquoise-y blue ceiling, light citrusy green walls, bright white trim, pale yellow chintz fabric on the furniture, with some bright pops of pink on pillows or accessories.
Walls: Benjamin Moore Lemon Freeze 2025-50Ceiling: Benjamin Moore Innocence 2055-70Upholstery: Benjamin Moore Lemonade 2024-60Small accents: Benjamin Moore Hot Lips 2077-30
Gunkelman's Updated Classic
Tom Gunkelman says: This is a classic palette but has a fresh overall feeling with the two accent colors--steel blue and yellow. Soft green walls make a perfect backdrop; it's nature's color.
Walls: Benjamin Moore Hampton Green 2150-50Ceiling and trim: Benjamin Moore Cloud White 967Large accent color: Benjamin Moore Charlotte Slate AC-24Upholstered furniture: Benjamin Moore Bleeker Beige HC-80Small accent (pillows): Benjamin Moore Yellow Rain Coat 2020-40
Ann Fox's Warm Seaglass
Ann says: Being a native Texan, I can't get enough of cool beach glass tones. This scheme is a bit of a twist (and maybe a bit more livable) than the usual beach room. It's not quite as icy.
Walls: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65Ceiling: Benjamin Moore Seabrook 750Upholstery (sofa): Benjamin Moore Sweet Daphne 529Accents: Benjamin Moore Seaside Blue 2054-50Accents: Benjamin Moore Beverly Hills 180
Constance Ramos' Seaside
Constance says: My go-to color right now is blue. It reminds me of the sea and the sky--and endless opportunities.
Walls: Valspar Seaside Villa SR204Drapes, wall textiles, sofa: Valspar Dockside Haze SR206Large accent: Valspar Thunder Gray SR210Trim and painted pieces: Valspar Fishnet SR310Accent: Benjamin Moore Sweet Butter 171Accent: Metallic silver
Patrice Cowan Bevans' Rich Elegance
Patrice Cowan Bevans created a palette for everyone with a brown sofa. The pale green beautiful contrasts dark upholstery; a dose of red energizes it.
Walls: Benjamin Moore Spring Dust 2150-40Ceiling: Benjamin Moore Rainforest Dew 2146-50Upholstery: Benjamin Moore Bittersweet Chocolate 2114-10Trim: Benjamin Moore Linen White 912Painted accent or fabric: Benjamin Moore Pinata 007
Kishani Perera's Poppy
Kishani says: This palette is bold yet no one color is overpowering. However, you do need high-impact white and black accents--a sofa, chair, rug, or cabinetry, for example--for a visual break.
Walls: Benjamin Moore Old Claret 2083-30Painted piece: Benjamin Moore Purple Easter Egg 2073-50Accent: Benjamin Moore Butterscotch 2157-30Accent: Benjamin Moore Butter 2023-60
Liz Levin's Fresh Neutrals
Liz says: Neutral color schemes are elegant and timeless--so calming at times they can put you to sleep. But not this one! A bold jolt of color (fuchsia) is refreshing in an energizing way; gives a neutral room a shot in the arm.
Walls: Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan HC-81Accent wall color: Benjamin Moore Jamesboro Gold HC-88Furniture or large accent: Benjamin Moore Falcon Brown 1238Upholstered chair or pillows: Benjamin Moore Night Flower 1344Small accent: Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17
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