The 18 Most Popular Paint Colors Right Now, According to the Experts

Updated 12/05/19

A fresh quote of paint is a simple way to instantly refresh your interior, but choosing the right hue can be a challenge. To help us out, the experts at Behr Paint revealed the most popular paint colors that homeowners have been using for home décor projects. Based on the most popular color families, they created a guide to all the hues, tones, and shades you'll want to know before selecting the one that's right for your home. Whether you're looking for a pop of color with bold reds and oranges, or you prefer more subtle shades of green and blue, there's a color for you.

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Take a look at the most popular paint colors in each color family below to start prepping for your next DIY project.

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Behr Very Navy

Sarah Sherman Samuel navy blue bedroom

 Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel; Photo: Jason Frank Rothenberg

Navy is a classic, and for good reason. It's timeless and classic, but can also add a bit of drama to a space. If the color feels too dark for you, try it in an accent wall.

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Behr Starless Night

Blue Dining Room

Katie Martinez Design

A blue with dust gray undertones will look chic in every space. It you're looking for a timeless color, this is a safe bet.

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Behr Dark Cobalt Blue

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Catherine Kwong Design

A splash of cobalt blue will wake everything up in your space. Bring in some contrast with mustard yellow pieces, crisp white accents, and bold geometric prints. 

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Behr In the Moment

Green Paint Colors

Tessa Neustadt for Emily Henderson

Style maven and interior design star Emily Henderson recently renovated her kitchen with a fresh coat of green color. "I love this green because it's totally timeless, yet still appropriate for something old world and classic," she tells us.

Use a bold color like green on a kitchen island to give the room a fun, unexpected hit of color.

Behr - In The Moment
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Behr Jungle Camouflage

Behr - Jungle Camoflauge

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For a more subdued approach, pick a shade of green paint that's not so bold. In this Scandinavian-inspired room, the green paint color works as a neutral element of the space and doesn't distract the eye. "Just remember to always follow your gut instinct," Decorist celebrity designer Jonathan Rachman says. If you're not ready for bright colors, stick with what feels most aligned with your style.

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Behr Brook Green

Behr - Brook Green

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Designer Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby opts for an earthy approach. "In selecting the perfect shade of green, I always prefer greens with a bit of muddiness, earthiness, or smokiness to them," she muses.

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Behr Dark Crimson

Behr - Dark Crimson

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If you're up for going bold, red never fails to make a statement. "The captivating, upbeat power of red brings energy into every room," says Andrea Magno, a color and design expert at Benjamin Moore.

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Behr Flirt Alert

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JH Interior Design

A bright and vibrant red can feel a bit much for walls, but you can take a cue from this bookshelf and use it as an accent color, painting interior shelves or trim for a bold color pop.

Behr - Flirt Alert
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Behr Firecracker

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Photo courtesy of House to Home

It might be time to take a break from light and airy whites. According to Magno, people are experimenting with deeper hues, such as "navy, black, and deeper blue-greens, and gestures of bolder colors from the red family."

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Behr Pale Honey

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Studio Ashby

When in doubt, tan is a failsafe option to help warm up a room. Here, a neutral tan paint color contrasts with a lighter gray wall to give dimension to this living room.

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Behr Yellow Groove

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Mustard yellow is "a romantic, fearless pop of color when it's used on a white, neutral canvas," Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design says. In a bright space like the one above, mustard yellow adds the final touch to make the space feel more playful.

Aside from breaking up a neutral color scheme and making it more visually unique, mustard yellow also warms things up.

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Behr Honey Locust

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How to Choose Interior Paint Colors | Benjamin Moore Damask Yellow. ©Benjamin Moore

Contrast a naturally cool room with this warm yellow shade. It'll bring a pop of sunlight to your room, even if you don't get much natural light.

Behr - Honey Locust
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Behr Swirling Water

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Fiona Lynch

For a calm and tranquil vibe in a contemporary space, try a super-pale, "light gray with subtle blue undertones," advises Jamie Davis, co-founder of Portola Paints & Glazes.

This shade of gray blends well with whites, pinks, and reds.

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Behr Dutch White

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Courtesy of Nate Berkus

It seems like gray is just gray, but there's so many different shades to choose from. We love this one because it functions almost like a white in a room with lots of natural light, but with a bit of a richer feel.

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Behr Divine Wine

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For a dramatic, elegant vibe, opt for a wine hue. The timeless color pairs well with blacks, tans, and blues, and it looks particularly stunning in a dining room.

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Behr Porcelain Peach

Behr - Porcelain Peach

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Pink might not be for you, but that doesn't mean you should write off peach. The shade provides the same light, warmth, and whimsy, but in a more subtle way.

This hue works best in a room with a lot of natural light.

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Behr Sienna Dust

Behr - Sienna Dust/Creamy Mushroom

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This earthy color is the neutral paint your home has been missing. A bit creamier than tan but more pigmented than beige, Sienna Dust is ideal for walls, trim, and contrasts beautifully with brown.

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Behr Tart Orange

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Chris Patey for MyDomaine

Go bold or go home. Granted, orange may not be your first pick for your living room walls, but it would certainly give your front door a wow-factor.

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