Favorite paint colors: part two

Today we are going to hear from two of my favorite bloggers, Melissa from the beautiful blog, The Inspired Room and Seleta from the very chic but always down to earth blog, Simply Seleta.

When asked about color this is what Melissa had to say, “I have so many favorites. Paint colors are tricky, as you know. You can have a favorite that will NOT look good in everyone’s room. The lighting, existing finishes and things you have in the room can make a color look entirely different in someone else’s house.”  Good point..so take all of our suggestions this week with a grain of salt…remember to take in to account if you get bright sun or no sun or have porches covering the area outside of your windows..It makes a difference, I know from experience.

Melissa says that with that warning in mind, her favorites are everything on the “Restrained Gold” card from Sherwin Williams (SW). “The shades on that card are yellow without that lemon pastel look.” She adds that most people she recommends use these colors end up very happy with the choice.

Melissa also likes “Antique White” from Sherwin Williams, but she has it custom mixed by Benjamin Moore because she prefers Benjamin Moore (BM) paint quality. It is a wonderful creamy white that she used all over her last house. See more discussion on this color in her post here which also has the formula for having it made at Benjamin Moore.

Thanks Melissa! {Image from her kitchen!}

When Seleta from Simply Seleta responded to my questions about color I love how she replied…with lots of information and categories!..that girl is so organized..she must be, she has four children and a busy life! {Yes that is actually her, isn’t she beautiful and even better, she is so nice and fun!}

Seleta says her Favorite whites include
Navajo by Benjamin Moore (BM).  She says “it is creamy enough without any green undertones, yet still crisp and fresh looking.  I painted my cabinets this in our Georgia home and still love it!” She also suggests Niveous, also by BM, because “this one has a tinge of a yellow undertone.  It is my current wall color in our beach house, and is perfect for a home that gets very little direct light.  It’s a classic!”

Soft + Subdued Colors:
Seleta suggests Dunmore Cream [Ben Moore HC 29] she says it is the color of butter and is great as a neutral if you really want to warm up a room.  “It’s as classic as cashmere and pearls!” She also loves Oatmeal (BM 268).

Seleta loves green and has this to say:
Golden Delicious [BM 390]… just painted the backs of my white shelves this color and paired with Hable’s bead pattern – it’s edgy and delicious.  Great color for adding some punch in a space.”
Moselle [Duron ?]  “…this is definitely a secret weapon color.  If you’re looking for a murky soft green, this one is beautiful paired with gold or yellow and cream.  It’s a color of sheer elegance.”
Sweet Daphne [Ben Moore 529] “…oh I love this fertile green, it’s just like a fresh spring leaf  It’s the color of my four year old boy’s room and he loves it.  I paired it with a bright blue to add a masculine touch.  The best part about this shade of green is that it has quite a bit of versatility.”

Thanks Seleta..I just had to share her own words..she is so descriptive..both of these ladies are great writers and amazing bloggers…be sure and check them out!

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  1. I sense a trip to the store for some test pots is in my future… taking note of all these great suggestions!

  2. Holly: I love your blog. Your design style is warm. Your 1941 cottage has so much character and charm. And yes, Seleta is gorgeous and organized in all facets of her life. I as husband and her children adore her in so many ways.

  3. Great post! I’m looking at paint colors now- one for the foyer/hallway as well as some good creamy whites for the guest baths. Will have to check these out!!

  4. Great post and I think people always appreciate suggestions of tried and true colors. Even if they don’t work in their enviroment it gives them a jummping off point. Love Ben. Moore colors they are tried and true and always sophisticated. Great Post!! Kathysue

  5. Great comments by two wonderful bloggers. I saw so much Navajo White when living in San Diego, it just isn’t a color I use now.

  6. I love paint, a great gift I received was a BM paint deck!

  7. i so agree with melissa…. the restrained gold sw card is awesome. we use blonde for our neutral spaces (hallways, etc). it adds such warmth to the house which is nice here in seattle. my other favorite is krypton by sw. it’s a porcelain blue. super for a bedroom.

    hi seleta. hi holly. pam

  8. Love this post! My husband and I were just talking about paint color this morning, for the interior of our house. I think I’m going to go with the Navajo, love the color!

  9. I love all those what I call no color colors, they just cast the perfect light.
    I am keeping all of these colors as we are about to do a major addition.

  10. Loving these paint color recs! And also loving these talented women you are featuring, Holly (YOU being one of them!). I’m glad to have found Seleta’s blog through you. Amazing how many wildly gifted and passionate-about-their-craft women there are in this little world! BIG time Inspiring!

  11. found you thru seleta’s blog…seleta has the best style!! i agree, i also ♥♥♥ navajo white and golden delicious. great post and great suggestions from them both:)

  12. Holly, I just wanted to express my thanks again for having me visit and share a few design thoughts. It was fun! So great we’ve met, it’s exciting to continue building connections with such talented women like yourself.


  13. I am redoing my kitchen and have to paint over wall board I would like to try something cream with light yellow undertones but my windows are tinted since we live in Florida and we had to save on electric bill. Any suggestions would be so helpful to me and what do I need to put on wall board before I paint it. thanks so much
    Donna in Florida

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