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Tried-and-True Hues

If you just want someone to tell you which color to choose, here are industry insiders’ go-to shades.

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SWEET SLUMBER BY VALSPAR

“It’s my no-fail blue that works everywhere. The color pairs exceptiona­lly well with any neutral crown molding, but also with analogous colors, such as green and purple.” KEVIN ISBELL,

KEVIN ISBELL INTERIORS,

LOS ANGELES

TIME OUT BY BEHR

“This is great for a guest bedroom or formal dining room. It gives a space a traditiona­l, inviting feel.” LINDA HAYSLETT,

L.H. DESIGNS,

LOS ANGELES

PEPPERCORN BY SHERWIN-WILLIAMS

“Peppercorn is a good color when you want a moodier room. It’s perfect in a sophistica­ted study, on cabinets in a bar area, or if you want the opposite of the all-white kitchen. Combine it with lightcolor­ed furniture and finishes, like a white marble counter in your kitchen.” JULIE DODSON, DODSON INTERIORS, HOUSTON

CRABAPPLE WINE BY VALSPAR

“A rich blend of purple and red, this versatile color goes well with cool blues and warm beiges. I’d use it to give drama to a powder bath or make over a well-worn piece of furniture.” STEPHANIE SISCO, HOME DIRECTOR AT REAL SIMPLE

COLLINGWOO­D BY BENJAMIN MOORE

“This taupe-beige gives a room a lot of warmth, and it works well as a neutral foundation without being too stark. I’ve paired this color with blush or blue-and-green accents.” KATIE DAVIS,

KATIE DAVIS DESIGN, HOUSTON

HAGUE BLUE BY FARROW & BALL

“This exudes drama and makes a small room feel like a jewel box. Painting everything, even the woodwork, creates instant glamour.”

BETH WEBB, BETH WEBB INTERIORS, AT L A N TA

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