When we recently asked paint experts to share their best tips for choosing the perfect wall color, we found one surprising common thread in all their answers: Paint colors should always be the last thing you choose in a room. Contrary to popular belief, in which paint colors are often picked well ahead of a move-in date or before choosing furniture, experts agreed that if picked correctly, paint colors have the power to tie an entire room together. But only if each element was already in place and carefully considered against the possible paint swatches.
In the same vein, most interior designers agree that paint is the single most cost-effective way to transform a room—which begs the question: Is your space painted its best possible color? With the wide array of considerations that come with picking the perfect shade for your walls—whether your windows are north-facing or which undertones you want in a white—it's easy to default back to a safe white. But in the name of originality, we picked the best non-white paint colors that are trending in interiors this season so you can refresh your room without needing to turn to the overwhelming number of choices on a wall of paint swatches.
Are you itching for a palette of military greens, a soft interior filled with muted neutrals, or a fan deck of bold sunset hues? We've got the perfect paint colors to give your space new life this spring.
Blame it on the rise of military coverage in the media recently, but muted camouflage colors are making a comeback in both fashion and home. Together, these hues create a fresh and understated look to please all minimalists. These tones work especially well in springtime when greenery is only starting to rear its head after a long winter.
Try at home: Sandy desert tones, moss green hues, and khaki colors, which are popping up in interiors everywhere.
Portola Paints Joshua Tree (price on request)
Beyond pastels, homeowners are turning to muted neutrals in their homes. Off-white shades and grayed-out colors are replacing the gray tones we've seen plenty of in recent years. This is the modern alternative to an all-white interior—and it's the best option for people who want to play it safe without being boring.
Try at home: Ballet-slipper pinks, bluish-grays, and light modern beige tones are great options.
Portola Paints Slipper (price on request)
Possibly influenced by the color palettes of fashion-favorite brands like Mansur Gavriel, sunset and sorbet hues are becoming common in interiors everywhere. Use these warm tones together for a modern tone-on-tone approach.
Try at home: From dusty pinks to rusty reds and marigold yellows—the sunset spectrum is endless and most importantly vibrant.
Not for the faint-hearted, these bold primary hues are often used together, like is the case in this hotel lobby in Madrid. Use shades that are slightly softened from their most vibrant state, and break it up with softer tones like blush pink, warm woods, and moss green.
Try at home: Orange-reds, vibrant citrus yellows, and light azure blues, which are a softer take on primary colors.
Next up: It's official—these paint color trends are out.