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Color Outside the Lines: Paint Color Ideas for Every Room
Browse this gallery of colorful rooms to give you ideas of what paint color to choose next.
Written by Jickie Torres


  • It’s true we dream in color. But it’s also true that picking a color to commit to on your walls can feel like the stuff of nightmares. Whether you’re in the market for a new bold hue or need the confidence boost of seeing paint color ideas in real homes, we’ve assembled some our favorite brightly colored spaces for your perusal. Hopefully this give you the push you need live life with color!

    A Handsome Look

    Artist Trish Grantham knows a thing or two about using color to evoke a feeling. In her craftsman bungalow in Portland, Oregon, she chose a a rich chocolaty brown for the bathroom walls which contrast handsomely against the crisp white beadboard and vintage clawfoot tub.

    Our paint pick: Wenge, by Benjamin Moore.

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  • It’s true we dream in color. But it’s also true that picking a color to commit to on your walls can feel like the stuff of nightmares. Whether you’re in the market for a new bold hue or need the confidence boost of seeing paint color ideas in real homes, we’ve assembled some our favorite brightly colored spaces for your perusal. Hopefully this give you the push you need live life with color!

    Shine Bright

    Nothing gets you in a sunny mood better than a sunny paint color. Amii Schenk, the proprietress of Little Bohemian Kids in Laguna Beach, California chose this lemony shade for her beach cottage living room. Choose a yellow with lots of white to avoid an overly warm-feeling tone and to keep the area light and airy.

    Our paint pick: Banana Cream by Dunn Edwards.

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  • It’s true we dream in color. But it’s also true that picking a color to commit to on your walls can feel like the stuff of nightmares. Whether you’re in the market for a new bold hue or need the confidence boost of seeing paint color ideas in real homes, we’ve assembled some our favorite brightly colored spaces for your perusal. Hopefully this give you the push you need live life with color!

    Earthy Elegance

    Where does an olive go better than in a martini? Your walls! We love these bedroom walls in a soothing olive tone to bring out the richness of gold accents and wood. It’s a lovely elegant way to do an earthy tone that still feels fresh and modern.

    Our paint pick: Citrus Peel by Behr.

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  • It’s true we dream in color. But it’s also true that picking a color to commit to on your walls can feel like the stuff of nightmares. Whether you’re in the market for a new bold hue or need the confidence boost of seeing paint color ideas in real homes, we’ve assembled some our favorite brightly colored spaces for your perusal. Hopefully this give you the push you need live life with color!

    Happy Color

    Pretty in pink! It’s hard not to feel cheerful around a color like this. And paired with this cozy cottage wicker settee and a vintage portrait, designer Alison Kandler proves that pink isn’t just for little girl’s rooms.

    Our paint pick: Middleton Pink by Farrow & Ball.

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  • It’s true we dream in color. But it’s also true that picking a color to commit to on your walls can feel like the stuff of nightmares. Whether you’re in the market for a new bold hue or need the confidence boost of seeing paint color ideas in real homes, we’ve assembled some our favorite brightly colored spaces for your perusal. Hopefully this give you the push you need live life with color!

    Bright Side

    Looking for a color to match your energy and sense of adventure? A bright orange wall paired with a steely silver stripe gives this boys room a sporty vibe.

    Our paint pick: Electric Orange by Benjamin Moore

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  • It’s true we dream in color. But it’s also true that picking a color to commit to on your walls can feel like the stuff of nightmares. Whether you’re in the market for a new bold hue or need the confidence boost of seeing paint color ideas in real homes, we’ve assembled some our favorite brightly colored spaces for your perusal. Hopefully this give you the push you need live life with color!

    Cool & Collected

    The right tone can calm even the most compact and crafty spaces. Artist Amy Duncan’s craft room is chock full of her signature vintage treasures and found ephemera, but her icy blue shade cools the eye and provides a wonderful visual respite from a collection of many things.

    Our paint pick: Snow Ballet by Kelly Moore Paints

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  • It’s true we dream in color. But it’s also true that picking a color to commit to on your walls can feel like the stuff of nightmares. Whether you’re in the market for a new bold hue or need the confidence boost of seeing paint color ideas in real homes, we’ve assembled some our favorite brightly colored spaces for your perusal. Hopefully this give you the push you need live life with color!

    Modern Love

    No surprise that Trish Grantham takes another top spot in our tour of colorful rooms. The color maven chose this modern slate grey for her colorful living room. It helps anchor her colorful collection of furniture and decor with a sophisticated modern edge.

    Our paint pick: Knight’s Armor by Glidden.

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  • It’s true we dream in color. But it’s also true that picking a color to commit to on your walls can feel like the stuff of nightmares. Whether you’re in the market for a new bold hue or need the confidence boost of seeing paint color ideas in real homes, we’ve assembled some our favorite brightly colored spaces for your perusal. Hopefully this give you the push you need live life with color!

    Princely Hue

    Long thought the color of royalty, purple is making a comeback. And we see the appeal! In this soothing and serene bedroom, the lavender tone gives even this casual beachy vibe an elegant and luxurious feel.

    Our paint pick: Breath Taking by Sherwin Williams.

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  • It’s true we dream in color. But it’s also true that picking a color to commit to on your walls can feel like the stuff of nightmares. Whether you’re in the market for a new bold hue or need the confidence boost of seeing paint color ideas in real homes, we’ve assembled some our favorite brightly colored spaces for your perusal. Hopefully this give you the push you need live life with color!

    Bold & Beautiful

    Looking for an utterly modern move? How about painting your ceiling black? That’s exactly what Courtney and John Achilli of Content + Co did with their 1884 cottage in New Jersey. The result is chic, elegant and cool and gives a fresh twist to a vintage-vibe space.

    Our paint pick: Dark Engine by Dunn Edwards.

    Looking for more paint color inspiration? Check out this post on how to choose your room’s color palette. 

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