Ask The Experts: Favorite Paint Colors For Furniture

I am trying something new today, and I really hope you love it.  I joined a fun group with sixteen other bloggers, and we virtually “interviewed” each other.   Each of us posted one decor or DIY related question, and then each of us answered all sixteen questions.  I asked this group of experts to give me their favorite paint colors for furniture.  You’re not surprised, are you?   Girl could repaint a dresser every. damn. day.

Are you ready for this?

 

Sixteen Bloggers share their favorite paint colors for furniture. Learn from the experts and rock your furniture makeovers every time!

Bloggers’ Favorite Paint Colors For Furniture

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Nichole from Green Isle Landscapes

Our favorite paint colors for furniture is either a sanded back natural wood stain with wax finish or we will combine white or white wash with a duck egg blue or sage green or lilac. These classic colours work well in a classic home setting.

 

 

Hey, that’s Me!

My favorite colors for painting furniture live on both ends of the color spectrum. I LOVE dark gray, and creamy white. My favorite grays are Rustoleum Chalked paint in Charcoal, and Behr’s Cracked Pepper. My fave creamy whites include Lace from DecoArt’s Americana Decor Line of Chalky Finish Paints, and Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint in Oyster. For fun, I love Maison Blanche Riviera, a bright aqua, and Amy Howard’s One Step Paint in Vintage Affliction, a softer blue. My favorite spray paint hue is hands down Heirloom White from Rustoleum. A couple of shades I’m dying to try are Benjamin Moore’s Chelsey Gray and Hale Navy.

Sam from A Happy Home In Holland

At the risk of sounding boring here, I often choose white or cream furniture pieces simply because we live in such a small house. By keeping the walls and the furniture neutral and bright I think it creates a real illusion of space and keeps the room looking light and airy. Although in saying that, I must say, that I do actually love coloured furniture. I particularly like furniture pieces that are painted in various muted shades of chalk paint. This is rather popular here in the Netherlands at the moment and you tend to see a lot of lovely shades of grey, blue and olive in all the shops and magazines. I have also recently had a go at upcycling an old bookcase with chalk paint myself. I chose a gorgeous shade of grecian blue which I teamed up with a porcelain cream colour. I absolutely love how this turned out and it has pride of place in one of my bedrooms at the moment.

 

Yami from The Latina Next Door

That’s a hard one… I don’t really have any particular colors that are my favorite. And right now I am really appreciating wood grain. I regretted painting a piece of furniture once and now I think twice, even three times before doing it again. I do like painting chairs white, like I did with my formal dining chairs. You can never go wrong with white in my opinion! I like to keep my furniture pieces fairly neutral and instead bring in pops of color with textiles. Plus, having neutral furniture pieces makes it easier to switch them in and out of rooms whenever you need a change.

 

Jennifer from Jenron Designs

I love the Amy Howard furniture paint line and Selznick Grey is by far my favorite color. However I did just learn that ACE Hardware can color match any paint color to her base products to create your own colors. So on my recent ORC project I just refinished an old fireplace in Dot Dot Dot which a beautiful shade of navy blue. Navy is so uber hot this year.

 

 

 

Tina from Eclectic Twist

It depends on what the piece is for. If it’s a base piece I want to style around I love white and grays. And you can’t go wrong with a vintage wooden piece with all of the charm age and abuse gives it. I love going bold with accent colors; I have bunk beds in a lovely sporty blue for my boys sports room, a fuschia pink small console table, a powder blue sofa, light blue dresser and a green side table to name a few. Don’t be afraid to throw a shot of color in there if the rest of your room is neutrals, Otherwise if I want it to compliment the rest of my home versus be a bold accent I go with the white, gray or a natural wood tone and save the color for the accessories!

 

Sam from Momma Can

I love antique whites, black, and on my radar for a room soon is the Sky Blue you see in the cities of Morocco especially Chefchaouen (The Blue City). I am just dazzled by this color and would enjoy creating a small nook inside or out with this beautiful color. I can just picture a cosy chair with a sky blue pedestal table with a lovely cup of tea and colorful, comfy rug to wiggle my toes in and enjoy a little mom respite from a chaotic world.

 

Sam from Raggedy Bits

My favourite colours are all shades of white, greys and just recently I have been drawn to pale yellow, especially when painting furniture. Black also is fun to transform furniture with book or music sheets to add a bit of texture.

 

 

Liz from Franc and Eli

I’m not big into painting furniture – I prefer stains to allow the wood texture t oshow through. However, warm whites are probably my favorite if I had to paint it.

 

 

 

Sarah from The Project Pile

I love breathing a new life into furniture with a good coat of paint! I also love the look of natural wood, so when I refinish my furniture, I really try to do a combination of both paint and stain. The majority of my painted furniture has been painted with the color Old Ochre, from the Annie Sloan chalk paint line. It’s kind of like an off-white, cream color. It goes really well with stained wood, and looks great on antique furniture that needs a little rescuing. I usually pair this color with a walnut stain, for my painted/natural wood pieces of furniture, and in my opinion, it always turns out pretty great!

 

Christy from The Harper House

My favorite paint colors for furniture are: 1.) Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams – it is a nice charcoal/black with brown undertones and looks fabulous with gold or brass hardware. 2.) Fieldstone by Benjamin Moore – it’s the perfect grayish taupe and best to use when you want something light but not white. A very nice neutral that goes well with all home furnishings.

 

Emy from Semi Gloss Design

A few years ago, I wanted to paint ALL the furniture, but I think that wood tones add so much warmth to a space. I’m a big fan of NOT painting furniture. When I do paint it, I normally go with black. My current favorite is SW Tricorn Black.

 

 

 

Susie from Tiny House Giant Life

I love Colorhouse Paint because it covers so well, and it’s a zero VOC paint. I’m currently crushing on Beeswax .05 and amazing greenish yellow that will grab some serious attention. Thrive .04 a minty green and dream .04 a dreamy blue for the perfect nursery furniture, and Metal .06 moody blueish-black which we used on our entry feature wall last month and can’t get enough of.

 

Jessica from Jessica Devlin Designs

My favorite paint colors for furniture are Benjamin Moores Decorator’s white, for it’s crisp bright white and Behr’s Manhattan mist because it’s such an expensive looking gray.

 

 

 

Denise from My Thrifty House

My rule of thumb for painting wood furniture is that I only paint it if is scratched or damaged otherwise I tend to lean towards wood furniture with a dark walnut stain. However, as a chronic DIYer I tend to move furniture around in my house often so when I do opt to paint it I like to use white paint so that it will work in any room. I have also painted a few pieces in a dark grey to contrast with my light grey walls.

 

Wow!  So many colors, so little time.  I can’t wait to find out more about my new friends’ favorite shades.

And for the record, I LOVE the look of warm wood too.  :)

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42 thoughts on “Ask The Experts: Favorite Paint Colors For Furniture

    1. Thanks Janice! There are some really great suggestions, they are making me want to paint/change all the things! This is causing my husband much anxiety. :)

  1. Wood tones look to be the ruler here! I really love how different the ideas are depending on your own personal style, there really is something for everyone.

    1. I totally agree, Tina, and I love a mixture of natural wood and painted myself. The choice is such a great way to personalize a home! Have a great day!

  2. Hey Kimm great Q&A topic I know I have been asked about furniture refinishing a lot lately. I also love all the advise that our group had, such a wealth of knowledge among us. I can’t wait to feature your question on my bog in the upcoming week. :)

    1. It is Rustoleum’s Chalked paint in Charcoal. Available at Home Depot and much less expensive than other chalky type paints! Thanks for visiting!

    1. You are welcome! I am always interested in what loyal readers want to read…what are your topic suggestions? Let me know what you want to hear, I’d so appreciate it. :)

  3. Great question Kimm! I loved reading everyone’s answers! It almost, almost makes me want to try painting something a color other than white or black! ;)

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