Picking paint colors is one of my favorite parts of design. It’s also my favorite DIY task. Although, let’s be honest, it’s pretty much the only DIY skill I have.

I tend to choose Benjamin Moore paints because they roll on very nicely. The first time I painted a wall with my favorite charcoal gray (Cheating Heart #1617, which I’ve already mentioned about 100 times on this blog), I was absolutely thrilled that it covered perfectly in two coats with no primer. That’s awesome for a dark paint.

Here’s a look at the various paint colors I’m considering for the new house… I’ve included a paint swatch along with an example of a finished room (from another source) that uses that color.

Oxford White #869

Benjamin Moore Oxford White #869
Benjamin Moore Oxford White #869

 

Oxford White on Upper Cabinets in Kelly Deck Design
Oxford White on Upper Cabinets | Kelly Deck Designs; Featured on HomeBunch.com

White is by far the hardest paint color to choose. I’m leaning toward Oxford White for all painted trim. I would also use the same color for the shiplap walls in the entryway, living room, master bathroom, and master bedroom sleeping area. This is one shade I will definitely try out before fully committing. It’s just too hard to tell how the undertones in whites will look in your space without giving them a whirl.

 

Shoreline #1471

Benjamin Moore Shoreline #1471
Benjamin Moore Shoreline #1471

 

Benjamin Moore Shoreline on Walls | Rosa Beltran Design
Benjamin Moore Shoreline on Walls | Rosa Beltran Design

 

This neutral gray is the color I plan to use for the craft room.  I already have a big statement going on with the wallpaper, so the rest of the walls need to be understated and neutral.  This is isn’t just to avoid competing with the wallpaper; it’s also to create a “blank slate” for creativity. More color in this room could make it difficult to focus on projects that have a totally different or clashing color palette.

Here’s a look at the paint chip and wallpaper side-by-side:

Shoreline Paint with Leizu Chinese Garden Wallpaper | Brewster Home Fashions
Benjamin Moore Shoreline Paint with Leizu Chinese Garden Wallpaper | Brewster Home Fashions

 

Mulberry Wine #1251

Benjamin Moore Mulberry Wine #1251
Benjamin Moore Mulberry Wine #1251

 

Unfortunately, I can’t find a good picture of this paint color used in a finished project. In my house, I plan to use this color in a very small space: the dressing area and office nook at the entrance to the master bedroom. On my screen, this color is looking more purple than it does in my fan deck. It’s sort of a medium brown with strong purple undertones. One of the things I love about this type of color is that it makes you look fabulous. The light that bounces off shades with purpley-brown or pink undertones makes your skin look amazing. It takes a good five years off your age. So what better color for the dressing area?? It will be nice to have a confidence boost before I leave the house every day.

 

Organdy #1248

Benjamin Moore Organdy #1248
Benjamin Moore Organdy #1248

 

Benjamin Moore Organdy Paint | Mandarina Studio
Benjamin Moore Organdy Paint | Mandarina Studio

 

I like to call this shade “grown-up pink.” It’s sophisticated and pretty, but not a little-girl pink. This is the shade I’ll use in the master closet. Again, that pink undertone is very flattering, and it will be fun have girly closet (but grown-up girly!).

 

Cheating Heart #1617

Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart #1617
Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart #1617

 

Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart #1617 in Angie's Office | AngieBuildsAHouse.com
Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart #1617 in Angie’s Office | AngieBuildsAHouse.com

 

One of my all-time favorite paint colors, Cheating Heart will be used in the kitchen and laundry room.  This is the perfect cozy, sophisticated charcoal gray.

 

Comet #1628

Benjamin Moore Comet #1628
Benjamin Moore Comet #1628

 

I can’t find a good photo of a finished project with this color either. Comet is the shade I plan to use for the guest bedroom. It’s a lovely blue-gray.  I like colors like this that are almost neutral, but not quite.

 

Ceiling Color…

An obvious choice for the ceilings would be white. But I can’t stop thinking about blue ceilings… Check out some of these inspiration photos:

Sunroom with blue ceiling

 

Tour of Homes, Cynthia Larson
Tour of Homes | Cynthia Larson

 

Blue Ceiling | Cindy Barganier Designs
Cindy Barganier Designs

 

The blue ceilings look so perfectly RIGHT in these rooms that it’s hard to imagine them with plain old white ceilings. If I go in this direction, one shade I’m considering is Fantasy Blue #716:

Benjamin Moore Fantasy Blue #716
Benjamin Moore Fantasy Blue #716

 

I have a feeling that picking the exact right shade of blue for the ceilings will be as challenging as picking the perfect shade of white.

Here’s a look at the full interior paint color palette:

Interior Paint Color Palette (All Benjamin Moore Colors): Shoreline, Comet, Cheating Heart, Mulberry Wine, Organdy, Oxford White, Fantasy Blue | AngieBuildsAHouse.com

 

These colors feel calming and cozy to me. What do you think about the idea of blue ceilings? Yea or nay?

(Btw, when I first wrote that, I totally typed “yea or neigh.” So if the idea of painting ceilings blue makes you feel like horsing around, feel free to vote “Neigh!”)