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Goodbye, gray walls

Hello, white with pops of color

Farmhouse design has been very popular for the last decade, and in that time, it seemed like everyone painted their walls some shade of gray. If you were not a huge fan or this trend, you are in luck. Gray is out, and clean, crisp white walls with accents of color are in. If you need some ideas and inspiration for your next project, I’m here to help with my top three favorite paint colors.

Sherwin Williams Snowbound is a nice, warm white that works well with the white oak floors we are seeing everywhere. It’s the perfect backdrop for bold pieces of art and colorful accessories.

White is complicated because of all the different undertones it can have. To pick the right shade, I recommend first identifying the “boss” in the room. This is usually the flooring or countertops. Once you determine the boss’s undertone, you can figure out which undertone you need for your white walls. I also recommend either painting a very large square on your wall or ordering a peel-and-stick sample from You want to make sure you like it not just when the sun is shining, but at night and when it’s raining as well. Light plays a very large role in how we see color, so do not skip this step.

When designing contemporary coastal interiors, I draw inspiration from nature. Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy is a favorite of mine because it is a true navy. It really goes with everything, and navy blue is one of those colors that always will be in style. Hale navy also works well in any design scheme, from traditional to modern. It’s such a good blue that Benjamin Moore made it part of their Historical Collection. The trick to using dark colors is ensuring there is enough light in the room to support the color.

Finally, Benjamin Moore’s Adirondack Green is high on my favorites list. I like it so much that I used it in my own kitchen. Adirondack Green is earthy and calming, giving off a serene forest vibe that can be used in any room in your house.


Written by Mandie Rodriguez

Mandie Rodriguez is lead designer with MLR Interior Design.
Reach her at (228) 697-2836 or

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