Designer-Curated Benjamin Moore Paint Ideas

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Published on April 28, 2020

Painting is an easy and cost-effective way to give your space a facelift, change things up, or even improve your mood—some things we all certainly need right about now. But when it comes to color, the choices can be overwhelming and freeze you in place before you even start to wield your paintbrush. Benjamin Moore actually offers 157 shades of white—talk about decision overload.

That’s why our designers are here. We’re honing in on the cream (and other colors) of the crop with these featured shades.

Our Havenly x Benjamin Moore collection features a curated assortment of our designers’ most used Benjamin Moore paint colors, as well as what we’ve seen trending in the home design space. You truly can’t go wrong with these designer-vetted shades and all-time favorites.

For a crisp, clean canvas that makes furniture pop

White is a classic color that lets the rest of your home decor sing—it’s the perfect blank canvas, and it’s never going out of style. But like we said, with over 157 shades of white alone, choosing the best shade for your space can be daunting. 

When selecting a white, look to the undertones. Cool undertones bring a crisper look to the room while warm undertones keep things, well, warmer. Let the rest of the room help guide you toward the best undertone—does your furniture and accessories lean toward warmer browns, reds, oranges and yellows? If so, look for a white paint with these sunnier undertones. For blacks, grays, and cool blues, do the opposite. 

Designer tip: Holding a swatch up to a plain white sheet of paper reveals the complexities of the white and can help you spot the difference in shades.

Set the scene for classic elegance

There are way more than 50 shades of gray—and when it comes to paint, gray adds a sophisticated flare to any room it walks into. Lighter shades look perfect on the walls of any room, especially when contrasted with white trim or molding for a sharp, clean look. If you’re looking to up the drama, pick a bolder shade such as Soot or Pewter and adorn an accent wall to make a statement. 

When choosing a shade, look to your room to match the undertones first, then decide how dark (or light) you really want to go.

Tried-and-true hues that make a relaxed statement

Forget about singing the blues. This color, along with conjuring a sense of calm, is said to inspire productivity, making it an ideal home office or kitchen companion. Bold, Kensington Blue-painted pantry and cabinets play nicely with a neutral kitchen when paired next to white tile and natural wood furnishings. Hale Navy stands out in dining rooms or home offices when paired with more simple furnishings and white crown molding. 

If you’re not quite ready to make such a blue statement, softer shades such as Benjamin Moore’s Blue Lace can adorn all the walls in the room without overpowering.

Tradition and modernity meet in the year’s “new blue”

Green is the new blue! This is one trendy color we are seeing take over. But the color green is so much more than shades of lime or fresh-cut grass—deep, mossy green of Benjamin Moore’s Vintage Vogue holds its own with more of a gray undertone, while Newburg Green brings forward more of a deeper teal. Both of these colors truly pop when applied to furniture and cabinetry as an accent to your space. 

Looking to change up the gray game? Moonshine is more of a gray with green undertones, letting you dip your toes into the pool of color before fully diving in.

Grab your brush, and let’s paint! ‘Tis the time for home improvement projects, after all. Take Havenly’s Style Quiz to get started.

Words by Avery Johnson