• Stephanie Hilton Design


Selecting a paint colour can be daunting for alot of people, I mean how many greys and whites can there be? The answer is: alot. You have warm and cool greys and beiges, you have rich and bold, light and fresh, pure white, off white..... So where do you start? My general rule of thumb is your paint should typically serve as a backdrop for your furniture, art, and accessories.

Take a look at your flooring, is it warm or cool? You will want to compliment your flooring and not contrast too greatly.

This room is a perfect example of a cool neutral palette.

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Another way to add some grey into your room is to add an accent wall. Painted feature walls were big many years ago, but if done right, they can look amazing.

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This living rooms walls are painted a complimentary "greige" to compliment the warm flooring.

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Now lets get on to the fun stuff. Here are a few of my choices for best neutrals. I have to admit I am a huge Benjamin Moore fan, and I often specify their paints, but other manufacturers like Sherwin Williams,Farrow and Ball, offer a huge selection of beautiful colours.

Benjamin Moore "American White" - every designer or colour expert has their go-to colour. This is mine. Not because I'm boring, because its that good. Its the perfect off-white with a hint of grey. It looks great is almost every space.

Sherwin Williams "Tinsmith" - another barely there grey, for those looking for a bright subtle shade of grey.

Benjamin Moore "Grey Owl" - this colour is a go-to for many designers. Its the perfect shade of grey, light and subtle without looking like a boring off-white.

Benjamin Moore "Barren Plain - a fusion of grey and beige for the perfect "greige" (yes its a word!). I f you aren't sold on the grey trend, this is the perfect colour for you.

Benjamin Moore "Cosmopolitan" - this colour reminds me of clay. Its a deep rich colour, that's not too warm or cool. Plus the name is really catchy.

Benjamin Moore "Pashmina" - a smooth and warm colour, suitable for those who do not like the gray trend ad prefer the warm beiges.

Benjamin Moore "Stonington Gray" - a nice rich grey that's not too dark. This colour compliment grey aswell as warmer flooring without looking mismatched.

Benjamin Moore "Wickham Grey" - has a hint of blue, a true cool gray.

Benjamin Moore "Storm" - a true rich gray. For those not afraid to work with a very cool and dramatic colour palette. Gray pairs perfectly with bright white trim to show off your bold walls.

Benjamin Moore "Kendall Charcoal" - a deep bold grey, perfect for accent walls or exteriors. When going dark and bold, reserve these colours for small spaces such as a powder room, or a media room where its supposed to be dark.

I couldn't do a blog on colour without mentioning Pantones Colour of 2017 "Greenery". Definitely not a neutral, but a great colour to inject into your home, whether it be furniture, an accent wall or accessories.

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Stephanie Hilton Design is a boutique full service Vancouver Interior Design firm servicing the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley.

She specialises in Residential Interior Design and is a colour expert.

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