If you want to totally transform the look of your space without investing too much time or money, we'd like to introduce you to The Home Depot's immense paint collection. Whether you're learning towards moody and dark or cheerful and light, you'll definitely believe in the power of paint after seeing how quickly (and dramatically) it can transform your interiors.
We asked The Home Depot's Sarah Fishburne to guide us through the color schemes that will give your space the stylish boost it needs.
Meet the Expert
Sarah Fishburne is The Home Depot's director of trend and design. She manages the company's team of designers, develops products, and identifies trends in merchandise.
A cool and enveloping shade adds depth to a room while still allowing the furniture to bring its own personality to the space. "I tend to like colors that work together in palettes and colors that have gray in them; colors you would describe as muddier," Fishburne admits. And if you're going for a statement or want to try something bold, she says, "I like to pop pure colors in for accents." Below, Fishburne explains why those aforementioned hues should be considered for any paint jobs you may have in store.
"This is a very clean white that is perfect for interior and exterior ceilings and trim," Fishburne says. "It does not have any blue, pink, or yellow undertones, so it is very clear and crisp."
"I also like tinted whites that can be used either on trim or on entire walls. You can pair them perfectly with Ultra Pure White, too," Fishburne notes. "I like a white with a gray undertone that feels modern and updated like White Moderne."
"This is a great all-over house neutral that's warm enough to complement many wood tones, and it'll feel like a fresh and contemporary neutral for homes that need a clean canvas. It works well with any of the white shades, too," Fishburne offers.
"We are seeing a return of warmer, yellow-based neutrals, and Castle Rock is a fresh take on a classic. It partners well with a few grays we've introduced recently, making for a beautiful cool-toned look." Fishburne suggests.
"Grays will not be going away. I think we'll see them being layered more with warmer neutrals and browns for a fresh take on neutrals. This is a soft, approachable gray. I like it because it doesn't have any other underlying colors in it," Fishburne explains.
"This is another great go-to gray that's a little darker than Loft Space, but still very easy to live with," Fishburne notes. "It can be used throughout the house and it's a great exterior color."
Fishburne admits, "For me, blues are 'whole house' colors. I believe in having a signature tone and weaving it throughout the whole house as your anchor," she explains. "This is a soft grayish blue, so when paired with richer blues, it will look more blue, and when it's around grays, it'll appear grayer."
"This is a rich, deep blue," Fishburne says. "NYPD has an inky base because of its gray undertone, and, depending on where you use it, it can be look sophisticated or casual."
"Moon Gloss is fresh without being over-the-top. It plays well with all neutrals from cool to warm, and since it has a little blue in it, it complements other blues. I love using aqua hues like this everywhere from walls and ceilings to trims and doors. You can even use it on cabinets. It's a timeless aqua that never goes out of style," Fishburne claims.
"This was PPG's Color of the Year in 2019, and it's easy to see why," Fishburne admits. "This color is classic, but it still feels very modern and fresh. When paired with soft, airy colors, it becomes an anchor, and when layered with deep, rich colors, it fades into the background."
"I love weaving an unexpected dark color into muted palettes to keep them from getting too sweet and childlike," Fishburne notes. "The best way to describe this color is as a soft black. Dark colors can really show off beautiful trim work, too."
"I like this for homeowners who like the idea of dark color, but shy away from black," Fishburne explains. "It is a bit softer, but will offer the same dramatic feel as a strong black and can complement as many colors as white does. With black, though, those colors take on a totally different effect."
"I love soft pinks for all over the home," Fishburne acknowledges. "There is something so soothing about a petal pink room. However, people may shy away from it because they are afraid it might look too juvenile. Super pale shades like this offer just a hint of color, making it feel more sophisticated than infantile."
"There are two colors you will always find in my home: aqua and coral. Dash of Curry is the perfect coral in my eye," Fishburne claims. "It has an orange undertone that keeps it from reading too pink like some corals do. I consider it to be a pick-me-up in any room."
"I like to use green to complement blues and grays. I lean toward yellow-based or acid greens that feel more fresh and modern over greens that look a little bit gray," Fishburne suggests. "Yellow-based greens can be a nice bridge between classic and modern, too."