In the ever-evolving world of home decor, paint color trends come and go like the tide. While bold and vibrant hues may steal the spotlight one season, there’s something to be said for the timeless appeal of evergreen colors – those classic shades that never go out of style. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the most popular evergreen home interior paint colors in the US, drawing from my own experiences, industry insights, and a recent study by All Star Home.

The Undeniable Appeal of Neutrals

Evergreen interior paint colors are dominated by neutrals. These versatile hues exude a sense of calm and sophistication, providing a blank canvas for your creativity to flourish. According to the All Star Home study, shades like soft grays, warm beiges, and creamy whites topped the list of most popular colors in the US.

Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray (SW 7029)

Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray
  • Agreeable Gray is a “ greige,” not a typical cool gray, with a warm undertone.
  • Undertones are subtle, leaning towards green, not overtly noticeable.
  • Suitable for homes wanting to move away from cooler grays, especially those with gray finishes from 2010-2020.
  • 50/50 success rate depending on the surrounding finishes, particularly those with violet undertones.
  • Light Reflectance Value (LRV) of 60, falling in the “happy range” suitable for average rooms.
  • North-facing rooms can have a blue tinge, making Agreeable Gray lean grayer but still warm.
  • Natural light affects how Agreeable Gray appears; insufficient light can make it look dingy.
  • Suggestions for brightening include using 3,000 Kelvin light for south-facing light.

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray (OC-20)

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray
  • Classic Gray is as an off-white warm gray with purple undertones.
  • This color tends to lean towards purple-pink at times, especially when paired with a creamy trim color.
  • Light Reflectance Value (LRV) for Classic Gray is 74, making it an off-white shade that can wash out in very bright rooms.

The Calming Muted Blues and Greens

While neutrals have their place, muted shades of blue and green have also emerged as evergreen favorites in recent years. These calming hues evoke a sense of serenity and bring a touch of nature into your home, creating a tranquil oasis that never goes out of style.

Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue (HC-144)

Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue
  • Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue is described as a soothing, calming, and relaxing paint color.
  • Undertones of Palladian Blue are highlighted by comparing it with contrasting paint colors: Western Flax (yellow) shows blue undertones, while Benjamin Moore Hale Navy (blue) reveals green undertones.
  • In North-facing rooms, it might look bluer or greener, while in South-facing rooms, it has a beautiful blue-green shade.
  • Palladian Blue pairs well with crisp off-whites like Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace and creams like Sherwin-Williams Dover White for trims and contrasts.

Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog (SW 9130)

Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog
  • Noted for its balance of warmth and coolness, making it a versatile choice for interiors.
  • Awarded the title of Sherwin Williams’ Color of the Year 2022.
  • Positioned as a perfect balance between very dark and very light shades.
  • Highlighted as ideal for entryways, kitchens, and bedrooms for a calming atmosphere.
  • Compared to other Sherwin Williams green-gray shades like Sea Salt and Pewter Green.
  • Identified as having deep gray undertones with a slight touch of warmth (a hint of warm gray).
  • Leans more towards gray in north-facing rooms.
  • Brightens and reflects warmth in south and west-facing rooms.
  • Can appear slightly dull in east-facing rooms, may need more artificial light.
  • Recommended usage: Ideal for medium to larger spaces, as an accent in smaller rooms.

Personal Perspective: The Transformative Power of Evergreen Colors

From my years of experience as a professional painter, I’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative power of evergreen colors. These timeless hues have a way of elevating a space, creating a sense of harmony and balance that never feels dated or out of place.

One project that truly stands out in my memory is a home where the owners had initially chosen a bold, trendy color for their living room. However, after a few years, they felt that the vibrant hue had become overwhelming and no longer aligned with their personal style.

That’s when they reached out to me for advice. I suggested embracing the timeless appeal of a warm neutral like Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. The transformation was remarkable – the room instantly felt more inviting and serene, and the owners couldn’t believe how a simple color change could have such a profound impact.

This experience reinforced my belief that evergreen colors are a wise investment for any home. Not only do they stand the test of time, but they also offer a sense of comfort and familiarity that can be hard to find in ever-changing trends. 

It’s a philosophy I’ve carried with me from my early days as a painter in the US to my current role leading the team of painters at Parramatta Painters Sydney, a company based in the vibrant city of Sydney, Australia.

FAQs

How do I choose the right paint color for my home?

When selecting an evergreen paint color, consider the overall style and atmosphere you want to create in your space. Neutrals like Agreeable Gray or Accessible Beige are versatile choices that work well in various settings, while muted blues and greens can add a touch of tranquility and nature-inspired charm. It’s also important to take into account the amount of natural light in the room and the existing color scheme of your decor.

Can I mix and match evergreen colors in one room?

Absolutely! Evergreen colors are designed to work harmoniously together. You can create depth and interest by using different shades of the same color family or by pairing complementary hues like a warm beige and a cool gray. Just be mindful of the overall balance and flow of the space.

How do I incorporate evergreen colors into my existing decor?

Evergreen colors are incredibly versatile and can easily be integrated into your existing decor. Start by painting an accent wall or refreshing your trim and moldings with a new evergreen hue. You can then gradually introduce complementary accents, such as throw pillows, rugs, or artwork, to tie the look together.

Are evergreen colors suitable for small spaces?

Yes! Evergreen colors, especially lighter shades like Agreeable Gray or Evergreen Fog, can actually help make a small space feel more open and airy. These colors reflect light well and create a sense of calm and spaciousness. However, it’s always a good idea to test out a few swatches in the actual room before committing to a color, as lighting can affect how a shade appears.

How do I maintain the fresh look of evergreen paint colors over time?

To keep your evergreen paint colors looking their best, it’s important to follow proper maintenance and cleaning techniques. Use a mild soap and water solution to gently wipe down walls and trim, and avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasives that can dull the paint’s finish. Additionally, it’s a good idea to touch up any nicks or scratches as soon as possible to prevent further damage. With proper care, your evergreen hues will retain their timeless appeal for years to come.

About the Author:

I’m Ibby, the lead painter and owner of Painters Parramatta, a company dedicated to transforming spaces and enhancing homes and businesses in Sydney, Australia. With nearly two decades of experience in the painting industry, I bring meticulous craftsmanship and a deep passion for painting to every project. After honing my skills in the US, I moved to Sydney, where I continue to embrace timeless design principles and the enduring appeal of evergreen colors, a philosophy reinforced by my experiences as a painter in this vibrant city.