Paint Color Ideas by Style

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Published on March 1, 2017

Looking for a way to refresh your space without spending a fortune? Maybe it’s time to roll up your sleeves, bust out the paint rollers and give your room a fresh coat of paint! Changing up your paint color is an easy way to give a room new life. While it can be a lot of fun picking out your own paint colors, why not check out these tried and true paint color ideas based on your own personal style?

Paint Color Ideas By Style


Photo by Allison Hennessy

For a classic look, choose a light and airy neutral that lets your furniture and decor take center stage. Classic Gray (that one was a little too easy, huh?) is the perfect warm-hued grey-beige that goes well metallic accents like gold, antiqued brass, and mercury glass.

  • Paint color: Classic Gray
  • Accent color: Revere Pewter
  • Trim color: Chantilly Lace
  • Pairs well with: Metallic accents, antiqued finishes, linen and porcelain blue colored fabrics, rich mahogany, and chestnut colored wood finishes


Photo by Nagwa Seif Interiors

If you could capture the color of a sea breeze, this would be it! Wedgewood Gray is the quintessential calm, washed out blue for any coastal space. To round out the coastal look, pair this wall color with whitewashed furniture, natural fiber rugs like jute and seagrass, and crisp white linens.

  • Paint color: Wedgewood Gray 
  • Accent color: Oyster Shell 
  • Trim color: Oxford White
  • Pairs well with: White- and gray-washed wood, jute / sisal / seagrass, gauzy white linens, mercury glass


Photo by Barlow Reid Design

In a more Scandinavian-inspired space, choose a mid-toned gray like Chelsea Gray. This shade has just the right amount of warmth to keep a room from looking too sterile and pairs well with everything from more rustic live edge wood pieces to chrome and acrylic.

  • Paint color: Chelsea Gray
  • Accent color: Ashwood Moss
  • Trim color: Decorator’s White
  • Pairs well with: walnut and cherry wood finishes, crisp white ceramics, clean lines and neutral upholstery fabrics, natural materials like leather and jute


Photo by Sita Montgomery Interiors

For a warm and inviting contemporary look, choose a greige color like Pale Oak and pop it with a dark trim color, like Black Bean Soup. Highlighting your trim in a darker color highlights the architectural structure of your space. Complete the look with geometric patterned textiles, rich taupe, ivory, and grey upholstery fabrics, and accents of chrome.


Photo by Stephanie Krauss Designs

Ready to go deep? Hale Navy is our go to navy paint because it makes a bold statement, yet still feels classic and timeless, especially when paired with crisp white trim. For a preppy look, be sure to mix in bold stripes, gingham, brass accents, and a bouquet of pink peonies.

  • Paint color: Hale Navy 
  • Accent color: Silver Satin 
  • Trim color: Decorator’s White 
  • Pairs well with: brass, black & white with pops of juniper or pink, oak and cherry wood finishes, bold patterns like gingham or rugby stripes


Photo by Courtney Apple Photography via Lonny

At the heart of any eclectic room is a bold sense for color and pattern. To let your mix-and-match style really shine, choose a light neutral like Quiet Moments, which reads like a light pale blue, but still feels like a neutral. To finish out the space, choose bold accents like emerald, navy, and pink paired with metallic pieces and richly patterned textiles.


Photo by Jessica Sample via Lonny

Looking for the perfect shade of blush for your feminine boho retreat? Tissue Pink is a peachy hued pink that serves as the ideal backdrop for a richly patterned rug and perfectly worn in leather upholstery. Add in global inspired patterns and rich velvet upholstery for a look that feels comfy and curated.

  • Paint color: Tissue Pink 
  • Accent color: Fieldstone 
  • Trim color: Chantilly Lace 
  • Pairs well with: Brass and antiqued gold finishes, brightly colored textiles, well worn caramel and brown leathers, and marble

Not sure which design style fits you best? Take our style survey and get matched up with a Havenly designer to get expert paint color ideas and decor suggestions for your next room refresh.