What Color Should I Paint My Room?

Color expert and interior designer Elaine Ryan unveils Pantone’s recent color trends to help you choose the perfect shade for your home.

View as Slideshow

Green

GreenTravis Rathbone for Reader's Digest
“Pale green imbues you with a sense of well-being,” says Ryan. Try it out in a master bedroom to create a peaceful sanctuary … and remember to also paint the ceiling! “Peripheral vision is so important, and you don’t want your eyes to stop at the ceiling. It will make the room look much smaller,” Ryan says.

Violet

VioletTravis Rathbone for Reader's Digest
Be strategic with this delicate shade. “I love it for a guest room,” says Ryan. “The muted tone is relaxing and will make visitors feel more comfortable.” For a trendy color combination, try accessorizing with chocolate brown pillows and throws.

Blue

BlueTravis Rathbone for Reader's Digest
Don’t be afraid to go dark in the paint department, especially with blue. Paint a big swatch—roughly 30 inches by 30 inches—at waist level on a wall. Stop by the room at various times throughout the day for a week to see if you like how the shade shifts. “You try on a shirt. You try on shoes. You have to try on color,” says Ryan.

Content continues below ad

Orange

OrangeTravis Rathbone for Reader's Digest
Perk up your foyer with this color. “It creates such an inviting and warm environment,” explains Ryan, who suggests a soft shade with a pink or yellow undertone.

Yellow

YellowTravis Rathbone for Reader's Digest
To try this happy hue, look for a deeper shade with orange-based undertones. “If you go with a pale shade for a brightly lit room, the sun will wash away the golden undertones, making the color appear white instead of golden,” Ryan says.

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you the newsletter each week, and we may also send you occasional special offers from Reader's Digest. For more information please read our privacy policy.

Funny Jokes

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

Funny Jokes

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

Funny Jokes

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram

@kristencarney

Funny Jokes

A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.

@sixthformpoet

Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.

From clientsfromhell.net

Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”

@NicCageMatch

Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 
—Alcohol

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.