The Best Paint Colors For Every Decor Style

From mid-century modern to classic traditional.

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You can tell a lot about a person by the colors they use in their home. A room painted in creamy white or soothing blue likely belongs to a homebody type who favors Friday night binge-watching to an elbow-room-only party scene. Or maybe you’re a business in the front, party in the back type, with a Sriracha-red powder room hidden behind that sleek living room decor. No judgement. To each his own, when it comes to color.

But if you could use some help figuring out which color camp you’re in, consider the decor style you’re most drawn to. Here’s a quick guide to 8 of the most popular decor styles out there and the best paint colors colors for each.


The Best Modern Paint Colors

Modern style is all about streamlined furniture and a clean, minimal vibe. Give your modern space an upgrade with these sophisticated shades.


Airy and refined, this ultra pale greige is the perfect mix of warm and cool. An understated shade that’ll bring a sophisticated vibe to any space.



A pale, sophisticated, barely there pink, inspired by our favorite all-ladies social club that made pink our new favorite neutral.

wing it


Because everyone needs to relax. A soft, cool, barely there gray with a slightly green undertone. Light, airy, and calming - an excellent antidote to a long day.


The Best Coastal Paint Colors

Waterfront locales are a natural fit for this breezy, seaside-inspired style. Try one of these fresh, airy shades to bring the beach home.


Sea meets sky. Like a sight from the shore, this tranquil blue with a hint of green is picture-perfect. #views



Think of your favorite white pair, straight out the box. That’s the feeling of this one. Fresh and modern, this is our cleanest, brightest white, with no undertones. *Fresh Kicks is a pure, untinted white and may require 2+ coats for optimal coverage.

fresh kicks


A serene greenish blue. Like ocean waves rippling under the sun, this one ebbs and flows with natural light, bringing different undertones to the surface.

make waves

The Best Eclectic Paint Colors

A quirky combination of colors and patterns is what eclectic style is made of. Mix things up with one of these vibrant hues and bring instant energy to your home.


A mysterious, medium dusty purple. Straight out of the Milky Way..

cosmic vibes


This is a risk worth taking. A stunning, vibrant teal with a transcendent payoff.



Bask in the warm, sunny glow of this rich, deep yellow. Like that unforgettable sunset you can’t stop snapping, it’ll drench your space in lovely golden tones.

golden hour

The Best Traditional Paint Colors

Warm, inviting and elegant, traditional decor always stands the test of time. These no-fail neutrals are as classic as they come and will never go out of style.


So on point it does double duty. This color looks brighter with the help of clean, natural light, and appears more medium hued in darker spaces.

on point


The off-white you’ve been searching for that no one’s ever managed to nail. (Until now.) With creamy undertones, this inviting shade envelops your space in warmth and reflects light beautifully.


The Best Rustic Paint Colors

Natural woods and earthly elements anchor this look. Want to channel that perfectly rustic, modern farmhouse vibe in your home? Any of these rustic hues will fit the bill.


The perfect mix of gray and beige combined to create this extremely versatile neutral with a warm, cozy medium hue that looks great in any room.



Dreamy and whisked-to-perfection, this is the warmest of our whites with a soft, delicate feel. Our best white for north-facing rooms but versatile enough to work in any space.



A fresh, modern beige with subtle reddish undertones and a sophisticated, welcoming vibe.


The Best Shabby Chic Paint Colors

Whitewashed antiques and a hint of old-school charm define shabby chic decor. Try one of these these chalky hues to channel that perfectly lived-in look.


A soft, greenish gray. Works wonders with open, airy spaces.



Like a serene winter wonderland the morning after a first snowfall. This is our coolest white, with just a touch of warmth to liven it up.

snow day

The Best Mid-Century Modern Paint Colors

Two words: Minimalist mod. Channel vintage vibes with these classic shades that pair perfectly with your mid-century decor.


Plunge 100 feet down into the deep blue sea. This bold, sophisticated blue hue features a hint of green undertones.

deep dive


Enjoy this color in its pure, unadulterated glory. A beautiful light beige with warm undertones that requires (hashtag) no filter.

no filter


Bask in the warm, sunny glow of this rich, deep yellow. Like that unforgettable sunset you can’t stop snapping, it’ll drench your space in lovely golden tones.

golden hour

The Best Transitional Paint Colors

Transitional style brings a little modern, a little traditional and a whole lot of versatility. No matter which way you lean, you can't go wrong with these timeless colors.


A universal favorite, this soft and airy blue-green hue brings a sense of calm to any space.



Some things never go out of style and this versatile neutral is one of them. The light shade of greige brings a clean, modern feel to any space.



This strong midnight blue hue is dark and alluring — like an infinite, moonlit sky.

goodnight moon 

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