7 Can’t-Miss Paint Colors

The go-to, goof-proof, by-the-gallon way to freshen up every room in the house, from home-decorating expert and Today show contributor Elizabeth Mayhew. (All colors are Benjamin Moore.)

  from Reader's Digest | May 2009
7 Can't-Miss Paint ColorsFrom Clipart.comThese seven options will make your next paint decision easier.

(All colors are Benjamin Moore.)


  • 1.

    Million Dollar Red

    (#2003-10): Good for dining rooms and family rooms.

  • 2.

    Potpourri Green

    (#2029-50): “Earthy and pale,” a neutral for kitchens and bathrooms.

  • 3.

    Wood Grain Brown

    (#2109-30): Less red and more gray than Hershey’s Kiss brown, this is the color Mayhew used in her own dining room.

  • 4.

    Hawthorne Yellow

    (#HC-4): Good for rooms and hallways without much light.

  • 5.

    Gray Owl

    (#2137-60): Works in bedrooms or throughout the house.

  • 6.

    Birds Egg

    (#2051-60): A blue with a “clean gray tint,” another all-purpose color for Mayhew.

  • 7.

    Early Morning Mist

    (#1528): “Somewhere between gray and beige” is this versatile neutral “greige.”

–Source: Flip! For Decorating: A Page-by-Page, Piece-by-Piece, Room-by-Room Guide to Transforming Your Home by Elizabeth Mayhew (Ballantine, $24)