Local Designers Share Their Favorite Colors


LOOKING TO BRIGHTEN UP the walls in your home? We asked local designers to share the paint colors they’re loving right now and how to use them.

Farrow and Ball
Setting Plaster

“It rocks our world. I’ve used it in dining rooms and a living room. It’s a warm neutral with a fleshy pink/coral cast. It looks great with orange, purple, gray, and fuchsia.” —Mary Miller, Mary Tobias Miller Interior Design


Benjamin Moore 
Cement Grey

“It gives dimension and depth—for instance, when used on kitchen cabinets and paired with the lighter grays on the walls that we’ve all been in love with lately.” —Tom Holley, Crazy Jane’s


“It’s the perfect shade of off-white. It reads as a true white, but it has a slightly gray undertone that keeps it from being overly harsh. Many off-whites tend toward yellow, which I avoid.”—Traci Zeller, Traci Zeller Designs

Benjamin Moore
Dragon’s Breath

“We have been using this color a lot lately for all sorts of purposes: bookcases, shutters, cabinetry, high gloss on walls, doors, etc. It is the perfect earthy, deep brownish/black/gray tone. It is warm, cozy, and current.”—Caroline Brackett, Caroline Brackett Studio of Design

Relentless Olive

“Relentless Olive is a daring color. Color is back! Clients are always nervous about using color. This warm, comforting green is beautiful with neutrals or coupled with other rich colors like brown, plums, and gold.”—Cathy Diel, Diel Design & Interiors

Benjamin Moore
Chelsea Gray

“It’s a warm-based gray and a bit of a chameleon color (meaning it changes with its surroundings), so it works wonderfully with many different species of gray and white marbles.”—Amy Vermillion, Amy Vermillion Interiors

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