Paint colors are like nail polish to me. Some people stick to a few tried and true, goes-with-everything signature colors, while others prefer to switch it up with the changing trends and seasons. If by any chance you're one of the latter (when it comes to paint, not nails), we've hunted down some of the best of-the-moment shades for your walls.
I meant to use "coolest" in the slang sense of the word, of course, but it just so happens that all of these shades fall onto the cool side of the color spectrum, too. They're good at making rooms feel grand and open–a great goal for small, urban spaces in general. Here are three color concepts to try:
Desaturated Shades of Purple
It's a grown-up and modern version of tried and true lavender.
As seen in: Lonny (at top) and this shot from the Arlo & Jacob sofa catalog
Donald Kaufman DKC36 / Sherwin Williams Grape Mist / Benjamin Moore Excalibur Gray / Glidden High Society Violet
Blue-Green, In Every Which Way
We're seeing moody teal and pale mint in equal proportion out in the world.
As seen in: Domino and Lonny, both above
Behr Esmeralda / Little Greene Canton / Sherwin Williams Blue Sky / Benjamin Moore River Blue
Take navy, cobalt or dusty blue and turn the brightness all the way down.
As seen in: Above, Domino and Design Sponge
Farrow & Ball Drawing Room Blue / Benjamin Moore Polo Blue / Sherwin Williams Dark Night / Little Greene Basalt
(Image credits: Jacob Snavely; Arlo & Jacob; Taryn Williford; Brittany Ambridge; Melissa Kaseman; Bethany Nauert; Alice Gao)