Interior Designers Reveal Their Favorite Paint Colors

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If you’re looking for paint colors for your home, you can read designer recommendations all day long. But we thought the best way to make designers play favorites would be to find out the colors they chose for their own homes — colors they live with every day and really, truly love. Case in point: Philip’s Perfect Colors’ Mink, which Bay Area designer Chloe Warner chose for her living room. “I have a thing for ‘paper-bag browns,’” she laughs. Click through to discover the best whites, pinks, greens, and shades of gray.

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Chloe Warner’s Den
Interior designer Chloe Warner shares a 1920s French-cottage-style house with her husband Andrew, five-year-old son Ferris, and three-year-old daughter Lily in the Crocker Highlands neighborhood of Oakland, CA. In Chloe’s den, a sectional topped with custom pillows is backed by walls painted Philip’s Perfect Colors’ Dusk. Pink is one of the sweetly traditional shades that makes an appearance in many a Chloe project.
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Chloe Warner’s Bedroom
After struggling with the design of her bedroom, Chloe got the jolt of inspiration she needed after painting it — moldings and all — Farrow & Ball’s Calke Green. “Suddenly, it was the most exciting room in the house,” she says. In this corner, which gets some of the home’s best light, Chloe opted for multiple patterns, from the Greek key print on the chaise to the Bob Collins and Peacock Alley fabrics on the window seat and pillows.
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Jason Chauncey & Allison Ross’ Bedroom
Jason Chauncey, the fourth-generation furniture designer behind Brownstone Upholstery, shares his Los Angeles home, a 1946 shingled cottage, with decorator wife Allison Ross of Grain Projects and their two energetic sons, Judah and Tate. Most of the house — ceilings and trim included — is painted Behr’s Ultra Pure White, a clean, bright shade.

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Jason Chauncey & Allison Ross' Son's Room
Ross painted son Tate’s room with Martha Stewart Living Driftwood Gray. Although it’s no longer being produced, you can get a similar shade by going to Home Depot and asking them to mix a couple of grays using Glidden paint. “Driftwood is one of my all-time favorite grays, and it pretty much makes it into every home I decorate,” Ross says.
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Lee Kleinhelter’s Dining Area
Interior designer Lee Kleinhelter, who owns the chic, celebrated Buckhead design shop Pieces, lives in an Atlanta high-rise with her family. In the open-plan living-and-dining area, she created cohesion with a rich, gray hue (Pratt & Lambert’s Woodwitch 2299) matched to the kitchen’s grout. A vintage, mirrored folding screen, its trim re-painted in white, reflects some of Kleinhelter’s favorite furnishings: vintage chrome round-back dining chairs that she had re-upholstered in a silver-speckled hide.
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Jenni Kayne’s Living Room
Comfortable yet chic, simple yet refined, sophisticated yet livable — the same words used to describe fashion designer Jenni Kayne’s clothing line apply just as much to the rustic-chic Los Angeles home she shares with her husband, two young kids, and Labradoodle named Chachi. In her living room, walls painted Benjamin Moore’s Super White provide a clean backdrop for an aerial photograph by Richard Misrach.
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Jeffrey Bilhuber's Kitchen
In the Long Island town of Locust Valley, design legend Jeffrey Bilhuber resides with his son in a magical, old country house comprised of three stories and more than 30 rooms that date back to 1668.

Jeffrey’s quaint kitchen shows off the home’s age, but it's nonetheless wildly functional when he’s whipping up a meal. Hints of black add a sophisticated twist to cabinets painted Pratt & Lambert’s Pacific.

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Jeffrey Bilhuber’s Living Room
Throughout Jeffrey’s house, you can’t miss the gorgeously over-saturated colors. Believe it or not, the bold hues are actually historically accurate; they were indicators of wealth during Colonial times. “Pigment was expensive,” says Jeffrey. “Dried powders were hard to find and harder to get, so if you were at all successful, you’d share your success with your colleagues or your friends in color palettes,” he continues. In Jeffrey’s living room, the wall decor pops from a neon wash of Benjamin Moore’s Chic Lime.
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Michelle Smith’s Living Room
Despite living in a New York City apartment, designer Michelle Smith firmly believes that “if you buy something you love, there’s always a place for it.” The blues in her rug and the two Baker slipper chairs re-upholstered in plush, periwinkle velvet add pops of color in the otherwise neutral living room — which is itself painted one of Smith's favorite neutral colors, Benjamin Moore Gray Mist.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lesley Unruh/One Kings Lane.
Michelle Smith’s Kitchen
With the help of a contractor, Smith put up inset-frame, Shaker-style cabinets in her kitchen and painted them Farrow & Ball Charleston Gray (the same color she chose for her office). “If you want a color that goes with everything, that’s it,” she says. And though she doesn’t often cook, the light-flooded kitchen’s original casement windows and witty, repurposed industrial-whisk “lampshades” make it a nice hangout spot.

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