These 10 Paint Colors Are Surprisingly Livable
While there are hundreds of colors to choose from on a paint deck, it can be hard to say yes to anything other than a “safe” choice like white or grey. But if color on the walls is something you’ve been craving, look no further. Click through to discover some of the most livable paint picks to help you ease into color.
Designer Sabrina Albanese’s bedroom draws inspiration from the colors of the Caribbean. A pale pink accent wall provides a luxe backdrop for a blue mohair headboard and mint green nightstand.
When H&H design editor Kai Ethier and her artist husband, André, bought their home, the principal bedroom had stark white walls that left them feeling uninspired. To give their room the personality they craved, Kai painted the walls a romantic dusty pink hue and coupled it with vibrant fabrics and artwork.
Soft blue walls offer a tranquil backdrop for a collection of plein air sketches in this work area. Lush velvet drapes and a swivelling nailhead armchair in watery blue hues enhance the room’s serene feel.
Robin’s egg blue walls bring old-world sophistication to this formal sitting room. Gilded gold-toned picture frames add to the space’s historical appeal.
Bring drama to a small space by painting the walls an inky blue, as designer Sophie Burke did in her own Vancouver bathroom. Black and white Moroccan floor tiles add interest underfoot.
Mustard-colored walls make designer Garrow Kedigian’s own Montreal living room feel rich, warm and cocooning. Ornate architectural detail adds historical appeal.
A light lavender wall imparts a posh feel in this space by Toronto designer Katherine Newman. A pair of floating cabinets with a golden finish up the wow factor.
To create a heritage vibe in this kitchen, designer Olivia Botrie opted for barely-there sage cabinets, engineered white oak floors and a pair of spindle-back chairs for the banquette. “It’s a kitchen that speaks to both contemporary and traditional sensibilities,” says Olivia.
In this bistro-inspired kitchen, designer Philippe Beauparlant painted the panelling a livable beige with green undertones to complement the custom banquette’s warm olive upholstery.
A deep green feature wall is the hero of this spare bedroom, providing a tranquil envelope for the homeowner to retreat to at the end of the day.
A quieter envelope allows for colorful accents, including a striped rug, to catch the eye in this music room by designer Kim Lambert. A wall of velvet panelling adds an element of luxe and softens the sound of a grand piano (not seen).
Light hardwood floors and mid-toned wood wainscotting warm up the deep grey walls of this spacious home office. Graphic wallpaper on the mantel adds visual interest.
Moody grey walls allow for this homeowner’s collection of exotic accessories — including an Ethiopian wedding cape hung in the corner, a sculptural tiered rocks lamp, and warm, colorful art — to stand out.