BEST INTERIOR PAINT COLORS: DARK BLUES

From left to right: Benjamin Moore Deep Space | Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue No. 281 | Benjamin Moore Pacific Ocean Blue | Benjamin Moore Hudson Blue | Sherwin Williams Frank Blue | Farrow & Ball Hague Blue

Dark blue is not for the faint of heart, this is a bold color and can dramatically transform a room.  It can be energetic or calming.  Dark colors cause the walls to recede and can make a room feel larger.  As you can see from the rooms pictured below, sometime the blue is bold and very very blue and other times it is a supporting character and becomes a nice neutral backdrop.  Whatever you're feeling there is a blue for you.

Here are some examples of the colors in real rooms:

Atlanta Dining Room by Capella Kincheloe Interior Design with Pacific Ocean Blue walls

Benjamin Moore Pacific Ocean Blue in dining room designed by Capella Kincheloe Interior Design

PAINT GUIDE: BEST PASTELS

Best Pastel Paint Colors by Capella Kincheloe Interior Design PHoenix Words that I wouldn't use to describe myself or my designs are: sweet, soft, dainty, but these words are regularly used to describe pastels.  So one would think that I wouldn't typically use pastel paint colors in my designs.

You're right, pastels are not usually my go-to.  However I do like a pastel with a little kick.  A little sour with my sweet (like Sour Patch Kids) and a little quirk in that dainty.  A little tang in that green, a bit of fire in that pink, a touch of anarchy in yellow.  You get my point.

Here are my selections for pastels that are the right combination of sweet and kick-ass.

PEACH PARFAIT 2175-70

 CREAM SILK 2146-60

SPRING MINT 2040-70

Emily Henderson

PORCELAIN 2113-60

LEMON SORBET 2019-60

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT PASTELS?

BEST PAINT COLORS FOR CEILINGS

Best Paint Colors for Ceilings by Capella Kincheloe Interior Design About half the time I paint the ceiling the same color as the walls.  There are times when a room needs to be enveloped in the same color and the ceiling lines need to go away and not be displayed.  More and more I prefer this seamless look.  I repainted my studio a few weeks ago Decorators White and covered all surfaces in it.  What is more perfect than an Interior Design office than Decorator's White?  I knew it needed to be white - when selecting for other people I can't have my walls casting any color on my choices.  The following choices will work well on the ceiling alone or on the ceiling and the walls.

BENJAMIN MOORE CLOUD WHITE 967

I used this in my list of favorite interior paint colors, but it is equally as great on a ceiling.  How could a color called Cloud White not be great on the ceiling?

BENJAMIN MOORE CALM OC-22

A bluish-white with a hint of lavender to make it feel not so cold.

Cape Cod by Foley & Cox Interiors Photographs by Bruce Buck

BENJAMIN MOORE WINTER WHITE OC-21

For when you want a pure white on the blue side.

Myra Hoefer in House Beautiful photo by Francesco Lagnese

FARROW & BALL WIMBORNE WHITE No. 239

A very "white" white.  This has just a touch of cream it in to not feel too stark.

a+b kasha designs

BENJAMIN MOORE ALABSTER OC-129

The slightest hint of pink makes this a universally flattering tone.

Charlotte Moss Kips Bay Showhouse in House Beautiful