6 Paint Colors Worthy of Ditching White Walls

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While I love the look of clean and crisp white interiors, a white wall will always be an opportunity. I’m so excited to see muted colors make a comeback and there are so many ways you can incorporate color into your decor without taking too big a risk. For example, we painted our powder room ceiling peach! Because, why not get a little wild? If you don’t love it, paint over it.

I’ve pulled together inspiration and paint swatches for the 6 hottest shades this season. Enjoy the eye candy and get your paint brushes ready.


1.Muted Green

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Calming as can be, muted greens look especially dreamy with lots of natural light flooding in. Our sunroom is a sage green and we love the way it plays with the all the greenery outside our windows.


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2. Ashy Grey




If you’re afraid to ditch the white, you’d be surprised how far a light shade of grey will go. It goes with everything and can look super sophisticated in any space.


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3. Peachy Pinks


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Without a doubt, the “it” color of the year. The trick is to go towards the warmer spectrum with pinks. Too cool and it’ll look like Barbie’s playhouse.Pinks

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4. Dusty Blue



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I have one big regret with our remodel. We had plans to paint the white cabinets a pale blue. I backed out, worrying that in a couple years it would look dated and too busy with the patterned floor. I really, really wish I would’ve gone for it… so much so I’ve thought about getting the painters back out to the house. So, what do you think? Should I go for it? Dusty blue is my favorite hue!!


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5. Buttery Yellow




Just think of it as cream on steroids. Match it with the palest of grays and you’ve got a seriously chic color combo. Afraid to coat your walls with yellow? Consider doing just the ceiling or a door.



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6. Muted Navy




Navy paint is the little black dress of interior design. It’s always in style and it is always sophisticated. dark-blues

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BY Kate Arends - April 28, 2016

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Nice! I am so loving the muted navy right now. The only color that’s a challenge for me to put on walls is yellow – it always looks a bit anxious. A cooler lemon yellow accent works though.
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I’m dying to finish work in my house so I can coat my walls with a dusty or navy blue (and maybe, since you mentioned it, my cabinets too).


I like your cabinets as they are, but if it makes you happy to go blue, do it! I’m sure it will look fantastic.

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I love the ashy grey! But then again I also like the peachy pink and buttery yellow! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

Great selection of colours! I’m loving the peachy pink at the moment, but have to say muted green is growing on me, might have to give it a go 🙂

So pretty. I recently used BM’s Pale Oak upstairs, and BM’s Sterling downstairs. Love them.

I wish these images were pin-able.

So my muted green kitchen walls are on their way to be ‘in’ this year? ^^ thats good to hear!

Absolutely love this! We are going navy in our living, but I always have plans for some peachy pink walls in our future. Great choices!


I LOVE those muted colors! And what a fortuitous time to discover this article as I’m struggling with the decision as to what colors to paint my home’s interior. I originally thought I would do variations of white which I love but I do love muted colors too! After reading your blog, I am going to go with pale grays,blues and aqua. BTW, before I bought this house, I lived in an apt and painted my bedroom yellow – BM Weston Flax. In a sunny room it is gorgeous!


Hi! I’m wondering what color is used in the very first leading picture? I’m hunting for the right blue/grey/green… Thanks!


I found the most wonderful color, it’s Ralph Lauren Burlap. It looks a warm beige & chgs to a muted sage green throughout the day. It’s awesome!!!

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The design and the looks are elegant.

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I’m glad that I read your blog.It was a very helpful post.I like how you have defined the importance of navy blue color-“A little black dress of interior designer”.I am going to paint my home interior and I am sure my home will rock it in navy blue and white combo.
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Great colors, I love this elegant style! Thank you for sharing with us, it’s a very helpful article!

I absolutely love these! Some of them, I could totally imagine for myself. Very elegant!

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Nice collections

Thanks for sharing this post,
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The suggestion of paint on the walls that you have given is really very good and I am thinking of getting a similar paint this time.

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Great selection of colours! I’m loving the peachy pink at the moment, but have to say muted green is growing on me, might have to give it a go 🙂

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