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Mar 10, 2016

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

By: Natalie DiScala
The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by Author: Style At Home

Renovations
Mar 10, 2016

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

By: Natalie DiScala

Find your perfect paint colour thanks to the expert advice of your favourite designers.


When you flip through the pages of your favourite design magazine or scroll through endless photos of gorgeous homes on Pinterest, chances are you’ll find yourself wondering about the paint colours on the walls. Finding the perfect shade of paint can be hard. There are so many colours to choose from so how do you distinguish a great grey from a dull one? How do you determine which shade of white will make your home look uber-chic and which will look like primer? The answer? Ask the experts! Designers know their way around a paint deck so we checked in with six of them, who each provided us with their top three go-to paint colours. Find out which shades are their favourites and where they use them.

 

 

 

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The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Jillian Harris: Dream Nights by Cloverdale Paints

I have been working closely with Cloverdale Paints and have three go-to off-whites that I LOVE. OW159 “Dream Nights” is a soft off white, that is the perfect neutral. It’s light enough to brighten a room, but has enough pigment to also provide depth.

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Courtesy of designer Credits: Style at Home

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Jillian Harris: Silver by Cloverdale Paints

CA187 “Silver” is cooler, with subdued blue tones. It’s clean, crisp, and a deep enough colour to contrast with white baseboards or crown moulding. Love it!

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Courtesy of designer Credits: Style at Home

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Jillian Harris: White Delight by Cloverdale Paints

8436 “White Delight” is perfect for creating a warm tone on tone white space, a look that I love. Similar to my other two favourites, White Delight offers contrast, which is key to creating visual interest in all spaces.

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Courtesy of designer Credits: Style at Home

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Lisa Canning: Krimson Lake by CIL

For people who love dramatic colours (like me!), I recommend Krimson Lake by CIL. It's a deep, moody marine blue that I love to use in a flat paint finish.

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Larry Arnal Credits: Style at Home

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Lisa Canning: Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore

My go-to white is Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore (see on the ceiling). It's a crisp, clean white – not too much yellow – and I love it for trim and walls.

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Courtesy of designer Credits: Style at Home

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Lisa Canning: Zeppelin by CIL

The colour I specify most during my one-hour interior design consultations is Zeppelin by CIL. It's a warm grey-beige and a reliable neutral. It's a perfect colour when one wants to stay neutral and works in modern or traditional aesthetics alike.

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Courtesy of designer Credits: Style at Home

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Nyla Free: Simply White by Benjamin Moore

This has been a go-to colour for us for years. It's the perfect warm, yet bright white for any and all rooms in the house including trims and cabinetry. Often, when we use Simply White, it's on the walls, trims and ceiling to create a clean and modern backdrop.

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Courtesy of designer Credits: Style at Home

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Nyla Free: Gray Mist by Benjamin Moore

This off-white/pale gray changes beautifully in the light and is often one we use in bedrooms for a soft glow. It has a creamy undertone however does not feel traditional. This is one of my all-time favourites.

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Martin Tessler Credits: Style at Home

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Nyla Free: Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore

Revere Pewter is a classic grey that pairs perfectly with white trims, providing definition and character in a space. It is excellent for living and dining rooms and can steer more towards a traditional feel.

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Tara Fingold: Silver Satin by Benjamin Moore

This colour is our top go-to colour at TFI! It is an extremely versatile colour. Silver Satin is a light grey that almost reads white and works in virtually any space. This colour adds a certain freshness to walls without being too white or too grey. Whether it is used on the walls or for cabinetry, we just can’t enough of this subtle yet beautiful colour!

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Tracey Ayton; design by Leah Balderson Credits: Style at Home

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Tara Fingold: Collingwood by Benjamin Moore

We love this colour as it works well when pulling together taupes and greys. It reads neutral and allows for a lot of flexibility with the rest of the colours in any room. In this kitchen, the colour sets the tone for the room allowing the cabinetry and furniture to stand out. Benjamin Moore’s Collingwood is a classic colour that never goes out of style.

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Courtesy of designer Credits: Style at Home

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Tara Fingold: Oxygen by Benjamin Moore

We love Benjamin Moore’s Oxygen when we want to add some colour to our walls. It is a great powder blue which has a certain softness to it. In this girl’s room, we wanted to create a space that was playful and fun but not overwhelmingly girly. Painting the walls with this subdued blue as opposed to a light pink was the perfect way to achieve the type of look we wanted.

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Courtesy of designer Credits: Style at Home

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Tim Lam: Wedding White by ICI

This off-white has a drop of cream, making it the perfect, versatile backdrop for any colour scheme or decorating style for those who like to change things up.

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Tim Lam: Vista by Para Paints

I love white rooms but I also like a vibrant pop of color. This cheerful blue brightens up grey days and complements the elaborate mix of patterns and the bold colours I injected into this living room.

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Tim Lam: Film Festival by Para

Bedrooms are mainly for the evenings so it makes sense to use a darker hue that is soothing and calm. This warm taupe grey is an exact colour match to the grasscloth wallpaper I installed on the main wall, creating a seamless transition from wallpaper to paint. I also selected a high gloss finish so the paint also echoes the shimmers from the wallpaper.

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Jennifer Flores: Seapearl by Benjamin Moore

This is a warm off-white that isn’t too creamy. Soft and sophisticated, it’s calming and has a depth that makes it suited for bedrooms and cozy spaces. It looks great with dark wood tones and bronze or black metals.

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Courtesy of designer Credits: Style at Home

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Jennifer Flores: Yoga Stretch by PARA Paints

This grey-green is cool and modern and works beautifully in bedrooms or bathrooms where you’re craving a hint of subtle colour. It can make whatever it’s paired with feel updated and fresh. I especially love it in rooms that get cool northern light; it reads almost like a mint but without the iciness.

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Courtesy of designer Credits: Style at Home

The go-to paint colours designers' swear by

Jennifer Flores: Network Access by PARA Paints

This is my go-to grey. Many greys can veer too brown or too blue but this one doesn’t have any strong undertones. It’s a livable colour that would be equally at home in a living room or bedroom. I love it paired with warm neutrals, creams and natural wood tones to create a tone-on-tone palette.

By: Natalie DiScala Source: Courtesy of designer Credits: Style at Home
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