Backdrop Colors

Tastes can change over time, which is fine because paint is easy to change. Here are seven great colors that provide a nice backdrop for enduring style and flexibility. When you’re ready to update your spaces, just swap out area rugs, pillows and other accessories.

Benjamin Moore Silvery Moon 1604
Colors that blend a bit of green and blue are ideal. They are soothing and spa-like, and this one is certainly a fabulous combination. As shown in the above photo, I applied this paint over white wainscoting in a transitional style living/dining room with beautiful results.

Sherwin-Williams Celery SW6421
Green is a fabulous wall color. Other than blue, it’s the most commonly found color in nature. There are so many shades that it’s easy to get lost in undertones, since many shades of green have strong yellow tones that can be challenging to coordinate with what exists in your spaces. This one is a fresh but subdued hue, making it an ideal way to introduce green into your home.

Benjamin Moore Perspective CSP-5
The new neutrals are gray hues. They are available in many wonderful undertones, so you can mix them with just about any other color. This one is a bit cool. Add bold yellow or orange accents for a fabulous color combination. Gray walls and a white ceiling make a beautiful backdrop for a modern home. This shade pairs beautifully with whitewashed furniture.

Behr Rain Washed 500E-3
For drama, add a deep (but not dark) blue. It’s soothing for a bedroom, relaxing as an accent wall in the family room and fabulous in an entry or powder room. This one is subtle yet with a hint of boldness.

Sherwin-Williams Pearl Onion SW7126
Pastels are a great way to add color when you are afraid of going too bold. This particular hue has a beautiful green undertone. It’s perfectly suited to a dining room or bedroom. I recently used it in a great room, wrapping the color up onto the ceiling.

Pratt & Lambert Sunspot 11-10
Yellow is a rejuvenating color. This one is a golden yellow with a richness that pairs as beautifully with white trim as with dark woods. I frequently use yellow and cream in wide stripes in small bathrooms, making them bright and sunny.

Valspar Brown Buzz 6005-3B
Putty and taupe shades are in vogue. They’re very relaxing and work with nearly every color scheme. Like gray, they have many undertones. Depending upon the natural light in your space, you can go deep and rich or light and bright. This particular one has a little bit of green to it and catches the light beautifully.


Lynn Morris, IIDA, NKBA, USGBC
Past Director of Communications ASID | Design Principal
Entirely Design LLC
Touch of Tradition
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San Diego, CA 92121
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