Interior Designers Call These the "Best Paint Colours Ever"
If you've ever stared at a wall of paint swatches, you surely know that choosing the right paint colour can sometimes be so overwhelming that it's easier to revert to a classic "designer white" and call it a day. After all, if you get your paint colour wrong on all four walls, chances are you'll be staring at it for a long time before working up the courage to repaint. In other words, you need to be pretty convinced before committing to a specific hue. And while we have a ton of tricks to help you choose paint colours—from painting swatches on the wall and looking at them at different times of day to considering the natural light—it's not always a foolproof science.
So when we learned that Portola Paints teamed up with five interior design firms to create custom colour palettes that not only guarantee the colours will be great, but also all work well together, we had to investigate. Ranging from the muted paint colour palette of Jeffrey Alan Marks to bright and bold one from textile designer Peter Dunham, there's a colour range for everyone. The designers shared their best paint colours below as well as invaluable tips on how and where to use them. Read this before picking up a paintbrush and you'll never have to repaint again.
Jeffrey Alan Marks
Courtesy of Jeffrey Alan Marks
Million Dollar Decorators' Jeffrey Alan Marks is known for his muted elegant interiors that always include a healthy dose of colour (but never in an overpowering way). Unsurprisingly, his palette featured muddy tones in reds, pinks, and blues—as well as a range of grays. "My top favourites are bright and spirited, and I often incorporate them into entire rooms or small touches of colour on furniture and fixtures," he says.
Sally Breer, one half of the design duo ETC.etera, believes in the power of colour: "Paint is the easiest way to transform a space and bring the other elements in the room to a new level," she says. The firm's designer palette features a range of bold and rich colours, from warmer rusty tones to green hues ranging from hunter to lime.
L.A.-based design firm Nickey Kehoe is known for its masterful mix of old and new in a Cali-cool fashion. It comes as no surprise to know that it's perfected the art of picking the perfect shade of white. "For lighter colours, it's critical to look at the paint during all hours of the day as the sun moves," says Todd Nickey. "We love to find those unusual colours. A colour that lives between shades can be something that unravels over time." The design firm's palette is a mix of muted moody and dark tones mixed with almost white light shades of pink, yellow and gray.
Peter Dunham is known in Los Angeles for his luxe line of block-printed textiles that define breezy California living. To him, colours should be bright and bold: "I look for colours that are clean but complex, I shy away from muddy colours," he says. His palette features jewel tones across the rainbow of colours as well as a couple of trusted whites and one black.
Studio Collective never shies away from dark and dramatic colours. The firm that largely specialises in large-scale hospitality projects knows the value of being bold with colour. Their palette features an array of dark grays, browns, maroons, and blues, along with a couple of soft beiges and pinks and one bold green—Halfway Tree—which they say would be perfect for the corridor in a dark moody bar.
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