The Country Living Paint Color Hall of Fame
We've rounded up our editors' all-time favorite paint colors.
Photos by David Hillegas
We chipped away at thousands of shades in search of the ultimate no-fail hues for every space and surface in your house. From the perfect white to a knock-your-socks-off coral, here are our top 25 picks.
1. BARNSTABLE BLUE Ralph Lauren Paint
Our affection goes beyond the name; The aqua punch is just right for accents like chairs or desks.
2. OASIS Pantone Universe Collection by Valspar
A vibrant green that steals the show in small doses (think the inside of a bookcase).
3. PALE POWDER Farrow & Ball
The CL editors' unanimous choice for adding a tranquil swath of blue to ceilings.
4. MONROE BISQUE Benjamin Moore
This no-fail neutral won't stir the pot when paired with bold prints—ideal for a space where you change up the decor seasonally.
5. HIBISCUS PINK Eddie Bauer Home Collection by Valspar
Try this bold coral on outdoor pieces like rockers or Adirondack chairs.
6. TURNING OAKLEAF PPG Pittsburgh Paint
Soft and airy, this pale yellow shines in a wash of natural light—perfect for a sunroom.
7. OLD NAVY Benjamin Moore
A true-blue navy. We're so smitten we used it on the walls of our conference room. (It pairs well with our kelly green office chairs.)
8. TEXAS LEATHER Benjamin Moore
It may look dark, but this rich shade works as a neutral. Use it in a study for a cozy vibe.
9. STOP Sherwin-Williams
In high gloss, it's one of our favorites for a show-stopping front door.
10. TIBETAN JASMINE Ralph Lauren Paint
Ralph himself picked this crisp white for the trim and built-ins in his retail shops. Hard to argue with that seal of approval
11. GALAPAGOS ISLANDS Clark+Kensington
Trust us: this daring take on chartreuse goes sunny, not squeamish.
12. HARDWICK WHITE Farrow & Ball
With green and gray notes, this cool take on white makes for a sophisticated upgrade to basic kitchen cabinets.
13. DUSK Restoration Hardware
Equal parts pretty, playful, and masculine, this is one living room color that the whole family can agree on.
14. SILVER BIRCH Glidden
Tired of white trim? Reverse the status quo by painting walls white and millwork this crisp, light gray.
15. POSSIBLY PINK Sherwin-Williams
More neutral than pastel, this pink offers up sophistication sans sweetness.
16. HEIRLOOM RED Valspar
A striking red for exteriors—and an easy way to give siding and shutters more country charm.
17. CLIVEDEN CAMELBACK SOFA Valspar
This daring hue is a close match to the color of Thomas Jefferson's dining room at Monticello.
18. ROUND HILL Ralph Lauren Paint
A dark, handsome shade that's our go-to choice for built-ins.
19. LILAC Serena & Lily
With its cool blue undertones, this pale purple is as fresh as its country flower namesake.
20. WYTHE BLUE Benjamin Moore
Our Decorating Editor Page Mullins's ultimate multi-tasker. It works in any space, from bedrooms to kitchens.
21. SAILOR BLUE Eddie Bauer Home Collection by Valspar
Too bold? Not for a dramatic dining room. Try it above chair rails for a more subdued effect.
22. CELERY STICKS Glidden
Use this vibrant green on trim (try a satin finish) for a striking accent to walls painted with Swiss Coffee (see number 25).
23. BRINJAL Farrow & Ball
A decadent plum that Style Director Jami Supsic recently used on a powder room vanity.
24. LA FONDA SPANISH DANCER Valspar
An accent color that will instantly perk up any room. We're currently plotting a gallery wall in this happy orange.
25. SWISS COFFEE Behr
Your search for a warm, not-too-yellow, not-too-gray shade has come to an end: Swiss Coffee gets it just white.