A fresh coat of paint is the easiest, low-cost way to freshen up your home. Long before you bust out your paint brushes and painter’s tape, you must browse the paint aisles to choose a color that best suits your space. While it’s important to keep your current furniture and decor in mind, take inspiration from these trending paint colors from top brands like Sherwin-Williams, Behr, Valspar, and more.
But really, choosing a color is just half the battle. There are tons of brands and interior paint finishes to choose from, making it difficult to know what’s really worth your money and effort. Luckily, the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute traded their lab coats for old t-shirts and spent two weeks testing the most popular interior paints on the market to find the top overall picks as well as the best options for different rooms — kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and so on — in your house. So, once you scope out this year’s hottest color trends, check out our expert-tested recommendations to find the right paint to get the job done.
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Taking a cue from nature’s everlasting beauty, Valspar rounded up 12 gorgeous hues that bring the serenity of the outdoors to any room. Described by paint experts as “a mature pink that is confidently cheerful like a spring sunset,” Bombay Pink is best dressed with gold accents.
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Much bolder than the other paint colors on this list, Sherwin-Williams’ 2020 Color of the Year is a rich, statement-worthy navy. While classic and cool, this deep hue combines the power of nature with a timeless confidence straight from Art Deco designs.
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Even when the weather outside convinces you otherwise, this “calm, gracious, and balanced” green inspires you to get out in nature and embrace all that it has to offer. Considered “nature’s neutral,” Behr’s paint, aptly called Back to Nature, achieves the meadow-inspired color by the combination of light and dark greens.
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Lighten up your space with Benjamin Moore’s 2020 Color of the Year. A unique alternative to classic white or beige, First Light is the “backdrop for a bright new decade.” But if you prefer something with more personality, opt for another one of their 10 inspiring picks, including a pure grey and a rich blue-green.
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To help make 2020 your most restful year yet, PPG named Chinese Porcelain this year’s Color of the Year. Inspired by the sky and the sea, this perfect blend of “cobalt and moody ink blue” aims to take people away from their screens and stresses of everyday life.
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Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select is a great all around. The nice, thick paint goes on easily, which provides impressive coverage that will last. It’s also extremely durable and cleans easily, so it earns high marks across all areas. You won’t be able to find it at retailers like Home Depot, so your best bet is to shop for it at paint or specialty stores.
Valspar Signature paint was the runner-up in our tests, so it’s a solid alternative to our Top Lab Pick. Not only did it score well in our stain removal tests, but it has good coverage and finish quality, too. Our consumer testers thought this low-VOC paint plus primer looked good overall, but there was some room for improvement when it came to the evenness of its coverage.
Benjamin Moore’s ben is a good value for the quality of the paint that you get. Not only is the paint and primer duo affordable, but it also contains zero volatile organic compounds, (or VOCs, a.k.a. gasses). It also comes in three different finishes: eggshell, flat, and semi-gloss, so you still have plenty of options for painting without breaking the bank.
Best for Kitchens and Bathrooms
Glidden Interior Premium paint is mold- and mildew-resistant, making it a smart pick for high-moisture areas like kitchens and bathrooms. When we tested it, the paint dried fast and seemed unlikely to fade. It also cleans easily and was good at resisting stains, so splattered food and makeup messes are no big deal.
Testers didn’t find much wrong with Benjamin Moore Natura paint. Along withzero VOCs, it has fade- and stain-resistance, making it an attractive option for bedrooms or living rooms. It also had great coverage — making it a great pick all around. Just note that we found it a bit messy to apply.
Best for Laundry Rooms
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Behr Premium Plus paint has everything you’d expect from a premium paint, like stain and UV resistance. It is low-VOC and resists the growth of mildew, so it’s suitable for laundry rooms, bathrooms, and other spaces that may be damp.
Best for Beginners
With great coverage, easy stain removal, and a fast dry time, Pratt and Lambert Accolade paint is easy to apply. Its resistance to mold and mildew makes it a great choice for kitchens and baths. In our testing, its performance was slightly sub par in holding up to wear and tear, so avoid applying it to high-traffic areas, like a narrow hallway, stairwell wall, or garage.
Best for Large Rooms
When we tried it, Sherwin-Williams’ low-VOC Duration Home went on smooth with little-to-no splatter. It held up to stains well, and the paint didn’t fade during our accelerated UV tests (which means it will probably keep its color in a sunny room). Our painted samples stood up to abrasion, too. We found this formula offered great coverage area and quality, so a gallon should cover as much, if not more, than many other paints.
Best for Accent Walls
Benjamin Moore Aura paint is definitely on the more expensive side, but you do get what you pay for. Testers loved its appearance (it’s particularly great for bright colors in small areas!) and how easy it was to apply. It scored excellent for stain resistance, but avoid scrubbing too hard because it wasn’t great resisting abrasion. It’s also another low-VOC paint, and it’s suitable for high-moisture places like your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room.
Best for Covering Old Paint
Behr Marquee interior paint is a great pick if you’re looking to save during home renovations. It’s very good at hiding old paint because it has great coverage. There’s even a guarantee that it’ll hide imperfections in just one coat. The acrylic-based paint is also low-VOC and easily accessible at Home Depot (where it can be tinted to over 200 colors!).
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