Color Picks From the Pros

Ever wonder what paint colors the top interior designers use time and again? We asked, and they delivered—divulging some of their favorite go-to hues.

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• —"It is a calming and versatile color and mixes with black lacquer wonderfully," says Branca, who describes the hue (shown) as "a Venetian blue gray."

Signal Red RAL 3001 from —"My favorite stock red lacquer," says Branca. "It is warm, relaxed, and mixes beautifully with so many other colors."

Granary Glow 7062T from (shown)—This color "is such pure sunshine and warmth," she says. "It makes you grin with delight."

• —"An ethereal color with a magical sheen" that "adds luster, drama, and a sense of movement to a space," says Drake.

• —"A sizzling, chic tone," he says. "It can send any room into a samba dance."

• —This hue is "a breezy blue with just a touch of red in it for warmth," he says. "The perfect color to evoke a cloud-free summer sky."

• —"There are many dark browns that have heaps of red in them, and they're too hot and sticky," says Hampton. This shade, however, "is a cool dark brown with lots of gray."

• —"It's the perfect creamy off-white," she says.

DKC 16—"Over the past two years, my palette has been getting cooler," says Hampton. This color fits the bill because it's a "grayed-out taupe."

• —"It is the perfect red," says Jeffers, offering "just enough warmth without being so over-the-top."

• —This hue "is my go-to trim color," he says. "It's a bold statement in a room and works great with both warm and cool colors."

• —"It instantly creates a feeling of enveloping comfort," says McDonald. "You can pair it with a pastel or neutral for a softer bedroom, or something bold like red for a library."

• —"My go-to drama color," she says. "Even with simple white upholstery it elevates the style quotient tenfold."

• —"A mix between Swedish royalty and a yacht vibe" that appeals to men and women alike, she says.

• —"I love colors that are mercurial — they are white in bright sunlight and as the light changes the color starts to come to the surface," says Wolf. "Patriotic White is that perfect color for me."

• —"It makes everybody look sun-kissed," he says. "It's a warm color, which instantly makes one smile.

Benjamin Moore I-02 Super White—This hue is "my favorite no-color," says Wolf. "It plays up the architecture and becomes a great foil to the furnishings."

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