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the paint colors we can't Design without

The question we get asked the most on social media is always about the paint colors we use in our projects. Painting in and of itself can be intimidating, but the process that goes into picking and choosing what colors to use does NOT have to be daunting! 

Here at THELIFESTYLEDCO we tend to stick to our tried and true few including a lot of neutrals - white for those crisp and modern moments, and black for design moments that command a little more attention. And while we tend to stick to our earthy colored favorites, there are a few standout spaces where we went rogue and LOVED IT! 

We've rounded up all of our favorite go-to colors, and added a couple extras (just because we like you guys!) - Read on! 

but first, the basics: Finishes

EGGSHELL

Walls
Trim
Doors

FLAT

CEILING

our favorite crisp whites

To anyone who says white paint is "boring," we're here to convince you otherwise! White paint is our go-to because it creates a clean slate, instantly neutralizes, and is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to transform any space. 

white (dew380) | dunn edwards 

Dunn Edwards White is crisp, airy and a great versatile option because it stays true regardless of where it's being used, whether it be walls, ceilings, cabinets or trim.

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Design: THELIFESTYLEDCO | Build: E&S Builders + Modern Splendor Homes | Photography: Nick Sorensen

CHANTILLY LACE (2121-70) | BENJAMIN MOORE

Chantilly Lace has no warm or cool undertones, making it a universal great option when it comes to choosing white paint, especially in spaces with an abundance of natural light.

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DESIGN: THELIFESTYLEDCO | PHOTOGRAPHY: NICK SORENSEN

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DESIGN: THELIFESTYLEDCO | PHOTOGRAPHY: NICK SORENSEN

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Design: THELIFESTYLEDCO | Build: E&S Builders + Modern Splendor Homes | Photography: Nick Sorensen

SUPER WHITE (OC-152) | BENJAMIN MOORE

Considered to be a "cool" white, Super White by Benjamin Moore brings a sense of clarity with its ultra clean shade.

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DESIGN: THELIFESTYLEDCO | BUILD: E&S BUILDERS + MODERN SPLENDOR HOMES | PHOTOGRAPHY: NICK SORENSEN

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DESIGN: THELIFESTYLEDCO | BUILD: Green Street Custom Homes | PHOTOGRAPHY: Taylor cole

dark and moody

The only paint color we love more than white is BLACK! And while we use it sparingly, we can always depend on it packing a moody punch. Black paint can be intimidating, but aside from adding a bit of drama, it also creates a cool, modern look when contrasted with stark whites. 

BLACK BEAUTY (2128-10) | BENJAMIN MOORE

Benjamin Moore's Black Beauty is our one and only for a reason! It's the perfect matte black shade, while still being rich in hue, and we've used it in small and large spaces alike.

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DESIGN: THELIFESTYLEDCO | BUILD: E&S BUILDERS + MODERN SPLENDOR HOMES | PHOTOGRAPHY: NICK SORENSEN

#sapphirepvproj
DESIGN: THELIFESTYLEDCO | BUILD: E&S BUILDERS + MODERN SPLENDOR HOMES | PHOTOGRAPHY: NICK SORENSEN

#sapphirepvproj
DESIGN: THELIFESTYLEDCO | BUILD: E&S BUILDERS + MODERN SPLENDOR HOMES PHOTOGRAPHY: NICK SORENSEN

WROUGHT IRON (2124-10) | BENJAMIN MOORE

Our clients in this project are BIG entertainers, so the vision for their formal dining room was upscale, luxe private dining - think Steak44, Organic Desert Living style! We achieved that look with Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore, which not only added a cozy vibe, but also that touch of drama our clients' were craving.

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DESIGN: THELIFESTYLEDCO | PHOTOGRAPHY: NICK SORENSEN

BLACK SABLE (1423) | ICI

Our client was beyond excited to have an office of his own and only had ONE request - make him feel like he was working in a high rise in New York City! We wanted this room to feel elevated and luxe, so we used ICI's Black Sable on the walls, ceiling and trim to create a high class city vibe.

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DESIGN: THELIFESTYLEDCO | PHOTOGRAPHY: NICK SORENSEN

our go-to white cabinet alternative

We believe that you really can't go wrong with white paint! But when it comes to cabinets, we like to take the opportunity to add a little (and when we say a little, we mean it ha!) contrast. Enter your new cabinet color best friend: Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams!

ACCESSIBLE BEIGE (SW 7036) | SHERWIN WILLIAMS

When it comes to cabinets, it seems we have a type! We fell in love with Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams because it creates a perfect shade of mushroom/putty that evokes a sense of warmth, while still keeping things looking crisp. 

#coolshitproj
DESIGN: THELIFESTYLEDCO | PHOTOGRAPHY: NICK SORENSEN

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DESIGN: THELIFESTYLEDCO | PHOTOGRAPHY: NICK SORENSEN

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DESIGN: THELIFESTYLEDCO | PHOTOGRAPHY: STEPHANIE STUDER, LIFECREATED

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DESIGN: THELIFESTYLEDCO | PHOTOGRAPHY: STEPHANIE STUDER, LIFECREATED

REPOSE GRAY (SW 7015) | SHERWIN WILLIAMS

Like Accessible Beige, Repose Gray, which is also by Sherwin Williams, is a modern alternative to the basic white cabinet. Repose Gray is slightly cooler of a shade compared to Accessible Beige, which is warmer with its taupe undertones.

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DESIGN: THELIFESTYLEDCO | PHOTOGRAPHY: NICK SORENSEN

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DESIGN: THELIFESTYLEDCO | BUILD: E&S BUILDERS + MODERN SPLENDOR HOMES | PHOTOGRAPHY: NICK SORENSEN

Make a bold statement

Remember when we mentioned we went rogue a few times? Well, these are them and we can't imagine these spaces any differently. The bold color choices just.had.to.HAPPEN! Whenever we stray away from our signature neutral color palette it's always a risk, but what's life without a little thrill right?!

INDIA YELLOW (NO.66) | FARROW AND BALL

Sometimes in design, you need to push the boundaries. In the words of Kristen Forgione, our very own Principal Designer, "We took a HUGE risk with this cabinet color. One everyone else was too scared to take. One the cabinet people told us we were crazy for and checked the color not once, but twice. One I was ready to have to pay for should the vision not match the outcome. One we sampled and sampled and sampled again and prayed the color would turn out in the 'it' color we all know mustard is at the moment, and not like baby poop. ⁣⁣We’ve been on pins and needles for months waiting and now they are in and they are everything we thought they’d be and more!⁣⁣"

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DESIGN: THELIFESTYLEDCO | BUILD: E&S BUILDERS + MODERN SPLENDOR HOMES | PHOTOGRAPHY: NICK SORENSEN

xo, thelifestyledco

4 comments

  • StacieMay 18, 2021

    LOVE this post and the pictures from past projects is SO helpful! I’d love to see a post on mixing finishes or tips on coordinating lighting throughout a home. I’m so excited that the blog is back!

  • Samantha HernandezMay 18, 2021

    Every image is B E A U T I F U L!

  • Samantha HernandezMay 18, 2021

    Every image is B E A U T I F U L!

  • Bonny Crowley May 18, 2021

    Thank you so much for bringing this BLG back! I live in Oregon so I am not able to visit the stores in person. I’m so happy you are sharing your wonderful talents! There are elements of your ideas throughout my home in Oregon. Thank you again!

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