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10 Paint Colors with Cult Followings: Architects’ All-Time Favorite Paint Picks

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Why reinvent the wheel every time you need to paint a room? Even architects and designers turn to their favorite colors–versatile and universally flattering–again and again. The the representatives of the Remodelista Architect and Designer Directory were generous enough to let us in on their secrets.

1. Simply White from Benjamin Moore Benjamin Moore’s Simply White is the white chosen more often than any other. Says SF designer Kriste Michelini, “It is my go-to white—fresh, versatile, and warm—and it works in any home, whether traditional or modern, with a warm or cool palette.” It’s also the pick of NYC designer Lauren Rubin, who called it “the perfect wall color.” (N.B.: Benjamin Moore chose Simply White as its 2016 Color of the Year.) Above: Benjamin Moore’s Simply White is the white opts more often than any other. Says SF designer Kriste Michelini, “It is my go-to white–fresh, versatile, and warm–and it works in any home, whether traditional or modern, with a warm or cool palette.” It’s also the pick of NYC designer Lauren Rubin, who called it “the perfect wall color.”( N.B .: Benjamin Moore opted Simply White as its 2016 Color of the Year .)

Shown here, architects Gregory Merkel and Ana Catalina Rojas used Simply White throughout their remodel featured in Two Young Architect Tackle Their Own Brooklyn Townhouse. Photograph by Carl Bellavia, politenes of Gregory Merkel.

( For much more on what to know about white, assure 10 Things Nobody Tells You About Painting a Room White .)

2. Hague Blue from Farrow& Ball Eva Dornstreich of The Brooklyn Home Co. nominated Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue to the cult list. “It’s a beautiful, deep, rich color that can be at once bold and understated,” she says. Above: Eva Dornstreich of The Brooklyn Home Co . nominated Farrow& Ball’s Hague Blue to the cult listing. “It’s a beautiful, deep, rich coloring that can be at once bold and understated, ” she says.

Star London chef Skye Gyngell used Hague Blue on her British Standard kitchen cabinets, shown here and featured in In the Kitchen with Skye Gyngell, London’s Chef du Jour. Photograph by Alexis Hamilton, politenes of British Standard.

3. White Dove from Benjamin Moore Alison Davin of Jute in San Francisco says, “Benjamin Moore’s White Dove has a cult following in the white world. Its warm undertone has a universal appeal and works well in most spaces.” The designer used the color in the San Anselmo living room shown here. Photograph by Matthew Millman, courtesy of Jute. Above: Alison Davin of Jute in San Francisco says, “Benjamin Moore’s White Dove has a cult following in the white world. Its warm undercurrent has a universal appeal and works well in the majority spaces.” The designer use the color in the San Anselmo living room shown here. Photograph by Matthew Millman, politenes of Jute.

It’s also the coloring chosen by architect John Alee and designer Hannah Childs in Before& After: A Summer Cottage Reborn on the Connecticut Coast.

4. Iron Mountain from Benjamin Moore Benjamin Moore’s Iron Mountain is the dark color chosen more often than any other. Says Los Angeles architect Oonagh Ryan, “I use this paint color on almost every project. It’s a warm gray with brown undertones and matches natural steel and sheet metal perfectly.” Above: Benjamin Moore’s Iron Mountain is the dark colour prefer more often than any other. Says Los Angeles architect Oonagh Ryan, “I use this paint color on almost every project. It’s a warm gray with brown undercurrents and matches natural steel and sheet metal perfectly.”

Tatum Kendrick of Studio Hus in Los Angeles employed the color in the Venice Beach bedroom shown here. “It can go classic, modern, or earthy depending on your environment and furniture, ” she says. Photograph courtesy of Studio Hus.

5. Chantilly Lace from Benjamin Moore Lewis Butler of Butler Armsden Architects nominated Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace to the cult list: “It’s a terrible name, but the best white out there,” he says. The firm used it on the walls of its new San Francisco offices. Above: Lewis Butler of Butler Armsden Architects nominated Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace to the cult listing: “It’s a terrible name, but the best white out there, ” he says. The firm utilized it on the walls of its new San Francisco offices.

Architect Elizabeth Roberts used Chantilly Lace in this Williamsburg townhouse featured in A Whole-House Overhaul in Brooklyn with a High/ Low Mix. Photograph courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts.

6. Nimbus from Benjamin Moore NYC interior designer Bella Mancini named Benjamin Moore’s Nimbus to the greatest-hits list. “We use it again and again and again,” she says, “We pick it without even meaning to. It is a versatile gray that goes bluer or browner, depending on the light.” Above: NYC interior designer Bella Mancini named Benjamin Moore’s Nimbus to the greatest-hits listing. “We use it again and again and again, ” she says, “We pick it without even meaning to. It is a versatile gray that goes bluer or browner, depending on the light.”

Remodelista contributing editor Justine Hand used Nimbus on the bed frame in her daughter Solvi’s room, shown here and featured in The Soulful Side of Old Cape Cod: Justine’s Family Cottage. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

7. Thunder from Benjamin Moore NYC designer Elizabeth Bolognino named Benjamin Moore’s Thunder to the cult list. “I love how it changes from gray to beige to white. It is the perfect background for accent colors while keeping things subdued and sophisticated,” she says. (Bolognino herself mixes a custom version of 25 percent Thunder and 75 percent white.) Above: NYC designer Elizabeth Bolognino named Benjamin Moore’s Thunder to the cult list. “I love how it changes from gray to beige to white. It is the perfect background for accent colours while keeping things subdued and sophisticated, ” she says.( Bolognino herself mixes a custom version of 25 percent Thunder and 75 percentage white .)

Justine Hand used Thunder to create a forest pattern in her son Oliver’s room. See more at DIY: The Stenciled Kid’s Room, Boreal Forest Edition. Photograph by Justine Hand.

8. Clunch from Farrow& Ball Jessica Speeckaert of Chambers & Chambers Architects in Mill Valley, California, says Clunch by Farrow & Ball is the cult favorite in their office. “It has a sophisticated warmth and adds a timeless elegance to any room,” she says. Firm principal Barbara Chambers used the color in her own living room, shown here. Photograph courtesy of Chambers + Chambers. Above: Jessica Speeckaert of Chambers& Chambers Designer in Mill Valley, California, says Clunch by Farrow& Ball is the cult favorite in their office. “It has a sophisticated warmth and adds a timeless elegance to any room, ” she says. Firm principal Barbara Chambers utilized the color in her own living room, shown here. Photograph courtesy of Chambers+ Chambers.

Paint expert Eve Ashcraft and writer Heather Smith MacIsaac also picked Clunch as a favorite soft white in our tale Expert Advice: Living in Black and White.

9. Pitch Black from Farrow& Ball  San Francisco designer Nicole Hollis picked Farrow & Ball’s Pitch Black as her favorite, shown here in the library of a prewar residence in Pacific Heights, San Francisco. Photograph by Laure Joliet, courtesy of Nicole Hollis. Above: San Francisco designer Nicole Hollis picked Farrow& Ball’s Pitch Black as her favorite, shown here in the library of a prewar residence in Pacific Heights, San Francisco. Photograph by Laure Joliet, courtesy of Nicole Hollis.

It’s also a favourite of NYC architect Steven Harris, who chose the colour for our story Black Magic: Architects’ 8 Top Paint Picks.

10. Calamine from Farrow& Ball Los Angeles design firm Alexandra Loew (formerly From the Desk of Lola) added Farrow & Ball’s Calamine to the cult list: “It’s the perfect nonwhite neutral, conservative as navy blue, while sweet, tender, and unassuming as pink.” LA designer Alexandra Angle used Calamine as an accent wall, putting it on our list of The 10 Best Pink Paints. Above: Los Angeles design firm Alexandra Loew( formerly From the Desk of Lola) added Farrow& Ball’s Calamine to the cult list: “It’s the perfect nonwhite neutral, conservative as navy blue, while sweet, tender, and unassuming as pink.” LA designer Alexandra Angle utilized Calamine as an accent wall, putting it on our listing of The 10 Best Pink Paints.

Candace Partain used Calamine in her daughters’ bedroom in their Bozeman, Montana, home, demonstrated. Photograph by Vanessa Pleasants, featured in An Inspirational Montana Home, courtesy of Vintage Whites.

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N.B .: This post provides an update; the original story operate on June 13, 2016.

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