Never underestimate the power of paint—a fresh coat goes a long way toward reframing a space without the time or commitment of a remodel. But choosing a color palette for walls, ceilings, and trim is easier said than done.
For advice, we asked architectural and interior designer Katie Hackworth to share some tips for creating a cohesive palette. She provided us with three no-fail color schemes to try at home: a neutral palette of off-whites, a “can’t-go-wrong” classic palette, and an on-trend palette featuring Remodelista’s Color of the Year 2018, mignonette green.
Photography by Leslie Santarina for Remodelista.
To create her suite of off-whites, says Katie, “I kept the ceilings clean and calm and added a touch of warmth to the walls.”
For a classic palette that still makes a statement, Katie chose a dramatic charcoal in a high-gloss finish to accentuate the millwork. White tones for the walls and ceiling “quietly complement the bold statement,” she says.
If you’re wary of painting your millwork in a dark shade, try painting just the window sashes instead: “It’s the perfect way to make a statement without getting out of your comfort zone,” Katie says.
“When making a bold statement like this as your wall color,” Katie says, “I would suggest anchoring it with a deep and rich tone” on the molding (Behr’s almost-black Black Evergreen).
For more paint color ideas, see our posts:
- 10 Paint Colors with Cult Followings: Architects’ All-Time Favorite Paint Picks
- Remodeling 101: 6 Kitchen Cabinets Transformed with Paint
- Architects’ 12 Favorite Blue Paints for Kitchen Cabinets (or Anywhere in the House)