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    Facing a wall of color chips can be overwhelming, so we've gathered together a few can't-miss shades to get you started.

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    Try the colors that appeal to you most with a test swatch before committing to them.

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Try the colors that appeal to you most with a test swatch before committing to them.


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The names and numbers of paint shades change frequently. If you can't find a current swatch of one of the shades mentioned in this article, don't give up. Ask the manufacturer or paint supplier, they can usually look up the formula and create it for you. 

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  • Editor’s Paint Picks

    We've gathered a few of our favorite paint shades to make it easier for you to find yours.

    by Trisha McBride Ferguson

    Let’s face it; picking paint can be a pain. What initially seemed like fun quickly becomes overwhelming as you face a store’s rainbow wall of swatches. And quite frankly, not every shade on a color swatch belongs on a wall. So, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite shades to help you plan your perfect paint colors. Just be sure to test your favorite shades on a wall or sample board before committing to any of them—ultimately, this can save you time, money and heartbreak.


    Organized by Color Family


    Whites & Neutrals

    Antique White, Behr

    Bone White, Glidden

    Bunny Gray, Benjamin Moore

    Ceylon Ivory, Pratt & Lambert

    Clean White, Valspar

    Decorator’s White, Benjamin Moore

    Devonshire, Ralph Lauren

    Dover White, Sherwin Williams

    House White, Farrow & Ball

    Italian Marble, Ace Hardware

    Linen White, Benjamin Moore

    Mexican Sand, Sherwin Williams

    Naples Cream, Pratt & Lambert

    Off White, Glidden

    Popped Corn, Behr

    Revere Pewter, Benjamin Moore

    Shaded White, Farrow & Ball

    Simply White, Benjamin Moore

    Strong White, Farrow & Ball

    White on White, Glidden

    White Tie, Farrow & Ball

    Whitewashed Oak, Valspar

    Wickham Gray, Benjamin Moore

    Wishes, Glidden


    Beiges & Browns

    Adieu, True Value Paint

    Bitter Chocolate, Behr

    Bleeker Beige, Benjamin Moore

    Breakfast Blend, Behr

    Brown Teepee, Behr

    Friars Robe, Pratt & Lambert

    Granite, Benjamin Moore

    Horsehair Brown, Ralph Lauren

    London Coach, Valspar

    Malted Milk, Sherwin Williams

    Manchester Tan, Benjamin Moore

    Mocha Syrup, Valspar

    Pepper Spice, Behr

    Pumpernickel, Olympic

    Rio Grande, Ralph Lauren Paint

    Shaker Beige, Benjamin Moore

    Silver Fox, Benjamin Moore

    String #8, Farrow & Ball

    Taos Taupe, Benjamin Moore

    Warm Caramel, Glidden


    Blues & Aquas

    Aquatic Edge, Valspar

    Blue Arrow, Valspar

    Blue Ground, Farrow & Ball

    Blue Ticking, Valspar

    Clear Skies, Benjamin Moore

    Club Navy, Ralph Lauren

    Cooks Blue, Farrow & Ball

    Deepest Aqua, Glidden

    Glacier Mist, Valspar

    Grand Hotel Mackinac Blue, Valspar

    Hale Navy, Benjamin Moore

    Hyacinth Tint, Behr

    Iceberg, True Value Paint

    La Fonda Mirage, Valspar

    Lake Country, Valspar

    Mosaic Tile, Behr

    Moss Beach, Ace Hardware

    Nature’s Whisper, Glidden

    Night Scape, Valspar

    Ocean Air, Benjamin Moore

    Pale Ice, Ace Hardware

    Pale Powder, Farrow & Ball

    Parma Gray, Farrow & Ball

    Rich Navy, Glidden

    River’s Edge, Behr

    Seascape Green, Pittsburgh Paints/Porter Paints

    Snowcone, Dutch Boy

    Wythe Blue, Benjamin Moore



    Anjou Pear, Valspar

    Antique Moss, Pittsburgh Paints/Porter Paints

    Athenian Green, Behr

    Clary Sage, Sherwin Williams

    Cucumber Seed, Valspar

    Filmy Green, Sherwin Williams

    Frolic, Dutch Boy

    Green Ground, Farrow & Ball

    Guilford Green, Benjamin Moore

    Hollingsworth Green, Benjamin Moore

    Hot Pepper, Glidden

    Jalapeno Jelly, Valspar

    Lime Green, Pittsburgh Paints/Porter Paints

    Mild Evergreen, Valspar

    Morning Blend, Glidden

    Mousse, Valspar

    Pampas, Pratt & Lambert

    Parsley Sprig, Behr

    Seedling, Benjamin Moore

    Sienna Laurel, Benjamin Moore

    Sparkling Lake, Valspar

    Surfside, Glidden

    Truly Olive, Glidden

    Willow Wind, Valspar


    Yellows, Golds & Oranges

    Abstracta, Benjamin Moore

    Babouche, Farrow & Ball

    Campground, Behr

    Caramelized Orange, Behr

    Carotene, Glidden

    Ciara Yellow, Farrow & Ball

    Cornsilk, Behr

    Cranapple, Olympic

    Creamy Copper, Ralph Lauren Paint

    Daffodil, Sherwin Williams

    Gilded Shores, Dutch Boy

    Hathaway Peach, Benjamin Moore

    Italian Straw, Pratt & Lambert

    Kayak, Ralph Lauren

    La Fonda Sombrero, Valspar

    Orangery #70, Farrow & Ball

    Pumpkin Patch, Behr

    Soft Pumpkin, Benjamin Moore

    Spiced Butternut, Behr

    Yellow Ground, Farrow & Ball


    Reds, Pinks, Peaches & Plums

    Antique Red, Behr

    Blazer #212, Farrow & Ball

    Brick Hearth, Valspar

    Bunchberry, Behr

    Caliente, Benjamin Moore

    Canton Purple, Valspar

    China Silk, Pittsburgh Paints/Porter Paints

    Crimson Glow, Valspar

    Deep Pink, Valspar

    Demure, Olympic

    Fairview Taupe, Behr

    Gothic Amethyst, Behr

    Glow, Valspar

    Licorice Stick, Behr

    Moon Sail, Valspar

    Naked Clay, Valspar

    Palace Rose, Behr Paints

    Peony Pink, Behr

    Pink Lemonade, Glidden

    Pink Mimosa, Glidden

    Queen Anne Pink, Benjamin Moore

    Radicchio, Behr

    Real Red, Sherwin Williams

    Red Tomato, Behr

    Reverie, Farrow & Ball

    Rouge, Pittsburgh Paints/Porter Paints

    Sonata, Glidden

    Sweety Pie, Valspar

    Terra Cotta #5-14, Pratt & Lambert

    Touch of Pink, Benjamin Moore

    Vaguely Mauve, Sherwin Williams

    Warm Red, Ralph Lauren Paint

    Wild Raisin, Behr