Ten of our favorite paint colors, and where we’ve used them.

These aren’t all our faves, and they are in no particular order. Also, I can’t stress the importance of PUTTING UP SAMPLES! The light is different in every room–the  money you will spend on samples will save you in the end!

*****All photos by Sarah Baker Photos and all cabinets by Woodstock Cabinet Co.

  1. Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart–a gorgeous charcoal/navy/black. Looks great pretty much anywhere.
Bar area in our Mountain Modern Kitchen
The guest bath at the Delaware project.
BM Cheating Heart on cabinet and trim

We used Cheating Heart on the trim and cabinet–you can definitely see the pull of the navy in the Delaware guest bath. Stunning in all three rooms, but it should definitely encourage you to put up samples–it looks so different in each one!

2. Sherwin Williams Silver Strand

A fresh gray/green with a hint of mint. We dig it on cabinets or on a wall with a dark trim.

Powder bath at the Neely House. Cabinet in Silver Strand
Cabinet at our Mountain Modern house in Silver Strand

3.  Benjamin Moore Simply White

We have used this amazing white on everything from exteriors to cabinets to walls.

Exterior in Simply White, trim in Cheating Heart
Cabinets in Simply White, hood in Benjamin Moore Graphite
Wall in Simply White, trim in Cheating Heart

4. This one is split on two pretty phenomenal blue-greens:

Benjamin Moore Regent Green

Cabinets in Regent Green

Benjamin Moore Newburg Green

Cabinet in BM Newburg Green

I’m split on these–both are so good, but you really gotta put up the sample and see them in the light.

5. Pratt and Lambert Essex Deep Green

Pratt and Lambert Essex Deep Green on feature wall.

This is a deeper, darker, greener version of the two paints at number 4.

6. Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal

Both photos feature BM Kendall Charcoal on the cabinets.

Mud lockers from the Delaware project in BM Kendall Charcoal

This is a wonderful deep gray that looks fantastic on cabinets, trim, walls–anything!

7. Benjamin Moore Graphite

Exterior of the Colorado Bungalow: Soffit and garage doors in BM Graphite
Cabinet and mirror trim in Graphite–see, it skews a bit blue here, which it really isn’t! The light does really cool things to it!
Exterior in Simply White, Trim in Graphite
Cabinets in Graphite

Graphite looks great pretty much everywhere–it is a darker, inkier, blacker Cheating Heart.

8. Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy on Cabinets
Progress photo of our Harvard Yard Tulsa project–Exterior in Hale Navy, trim in White Dove

Just a great, true navy. Love it on cabinets, but it is pretty great anywhere.

9. Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray

Wall in Stonington Gray, cabinet in Simply White
Wall in Stonington Gray, trim in Simply White, banister in Graphite
Trim in Stonington Gray, walls in Simply White

10. Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray

We use Chelsea Gray when we need a perfect medium gray–when Stonington isn’t quite the thing, or Kendall Charcoal is too dark. This one depends a lot on the light too, but is SOOOOO good, when it is right.

Cabinets and mirror trim in Chelsea Gray, walls in White Dove
Island in Chelsea Gray, perimeter cabinets in White Dove


These are colors we LOVE, but have only used once or twice–mostly due to their more specific palette.

Benjamin Moore Hunter Green

Benjamin Moore Hunter Green

Benjamin Moore Winter Gray

Benjamin Moore Winter Gray–see how lavender this gray runs?? LOVE!

Benjamin Moore Sundance–it is the door!

Cabinets in BM Regent Green, Door in Benjamin Moore Sundance

That’s it for now, folks! Happy painting!!!

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