35 Never-Fail Wall Paint Colors, According to Top Interior Designers

Beiges

Tiptoeing into a richer mineral palette, the beige color family promises pigments that are memorable without being overpowering. Billy Cotton and R.P. Miller lean into wheaty tones, with the former backing Bone No. 15 (pictured above, #1) and the latter choosing String No. 8 (#2) from Farrow & Ball. Others champion the timelessness of refined, shroom-y colorways. Grant Beige HC-83 (#3), Alexandria Beige HC-77 (#4), and Manchester Tan HC-81 (#5)—all from Benjamin Moore—are preferred by Michael S. Smith, Mark Hampton LLC, and Pierce & Ward, respectively.

A designer-approved palette of greige paints

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Greiges

One of the greatest perks of a greige pigment is its versatility within a variety of interior styles—as lucid in a cozy country house as it is in an urbane modern loft. Victoria Hagan Interiors recommends Fog Mist OC-31 (pictured above, #1), a hazy pigment from Benjamin Moore, when in doubt. Architecture and design firms Sawyer | Berson and Charlap Hyman & Herrero advise a more metallic-inspired route, advocating for the paint maker’s Balboa Mist OC-27 (#2) and Nimbus 1465 (#3).

A designer-approved palette of gray paints

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Grays

Cooler gray

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