15 Paint Shades We Love and How You Can Use Them

Wow! What color is that? HGTV Magazine is here with some tips on how to use even the most vibrant colors around your house.

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The Paint

How We Used It

“Once I flanked this living room’s fireplace with bookshelves, the red brick suddenly seemed dated. A deep blue totally modernizes it—and makes it the center of attention. Dark gray paint on the hearth keeps the focus on the surround.” Samantha Klickna, Case Design/Remodeling, Bethesda, MD

The Paint

How We Used It

“Green on the lower cabinets livens up an otherwise all-white kitchen. The color is just right: Its hint of yellow is warm and bright, and it’s a great complement to the yellow-leaning oak floors.” — Murray Legge, Murray Legge Architecture, Austin, TX (Photography: Whit Preston)

The Paint

India Yellow, Farrow & Ball

How We Used It

“A goldenrod shade that exudes 1970s nostalgia, applied just partway up a wall, made this bedroom in a New Orleans apartment unexpectedly cool and contemporary.” — Christina Higham, designer for Sonder, San Francisco, CA

The Paint

Dragon Fruit, Clark + Kensington

How We Used It

“I wanted to give my little girl a pink room in a shade feisty enough to match her personality. Magenta on one wall is all the color this space needs. I hung medallions before I painted, so it looks like a wall of flowers!” — Carmel Greer, District Design, Washington, D.C.

The Paint

Emerald Pool, Dunn-Edwards

How You Can Use It

“The built-ins in this basement hangout were original to the townhome, but the dark wood made the whole space feel drab and dated. High-gloss emerald green paint instantly gave them life! The color is youthful, yet sophisticated enough to keep parents happy, too.” Lauren Svenstrup, Studio Sven, Chicago, IL

The Paint

Lazy Sunday, Benjamin Moore

How You Can Use It

“Most people use a bold color on the wall and a subtle one on the ceiling, but I flipped things around. The cheery blue resembles a bright, clear sky—perfect for such a light-filled living room. I used the same shade on the doors to tie it all together.” — Alisha Gwen, Alisha Gwen Interior Design, Pittsburgh, PA

The Paint

How You Can Use It

“This baby pink reminds me of the clouds you see at sunset. I paired it with light teals and white for a soft, pretty look in this little girl’s room, but it would be really striking next to navy or dark gray.” Kirsten Krason, House of Jade Interiors, South Jordan, UT

The Paint

Stepping Stone, PPG Paints

How You Can Use It

"Getting creative with molding in this master bedroom turned the wall behind the bed into a standout feature. Medium gray makes it seem even more luxe.” — Leslie Cotter Dorazil, Leslie Cotter Interiors, Louisville, KY (Designer: Leslie Cotter Interiors, Builder: Ramage Company)

The Paint

Moss Point Green, PPG Paints

How You Can Use It

“After putting up green-and-white wallpaper on three of this bedroom’s walls, I decided to do something different with the wall behind the bed so the gridded paneling wouldn’t get lost. This clover color makes it pop. And it’s so fresh, like spring on a wall!” Julie Howard, Timber Trails Development Company, Western Springs, IL

The Paint

Calypso Blue, Benjamin Moore

How You Can Use It

“Since this homeowner is creative and fun-loving, I picked something equally vivacious for the walls of his home office. This shade of blue is super energized and a little offbeat—a perfect match.” Orlando Soria, Homepolish, Los Angeles, CA

The Paint

Forsythia, Sherwin-Williams

How You Can Use It

"When this buffet was plain wood, it looked completely traditional—not at all what my client wanted for her modern home. Redoing it in a citrusy yellow made it playful and contemporary." Heidi Stukenberg, Lily Field Furniture, Rockford, IL

The Paint

Dark Burgundy, Benjamin Moore

How You Can Use It

"People tend to think open lofts have to be all white. This rich purple proves that’s not true! Using it for an accent wall in the dining area gives the space definition. I also like that it looks like the perfect glass of wine." Kevin Clark, Homepolish, New York, NY

The Paint

Classic Red, Valspar

How You Can Use It

"While I wanted a classic red front door, I was cautious—some reds have too much brown and wind up seeming dark and dull, more barn door than red wagon. This one is bright, happy, and just the right amount of preppy for my navy-and-white house." Holly Mathis, Holly Mathis Interiors, Brenham, TX

The Paint

Poppy Seed, Behr

How You Can Use It

“To avoid a typical nursery look, I chose this striking bluish black. Although my daughter’s furniture is handed down from her big sis, it all looks fresh against the dark backdrop.” — Jennifer Hannotte, Hannotte Interiors, Toronto, Ontario

The Paint

One to Remember, Behr

How You Can Use It

“Pink can be a tough sell, but one with a hint of orange keeps it from straying into bubblegum territory. This warm blush is a nice mix of modern and traditional.” — Kevin Francis O’Gara, Kevin Francis Design, Atlanta, GA