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Which Paint Colours are the Most Timeless?

By 12/08/2009January 16th, 202019 Comments

What wall colors could you live with for a very long time without feeling they are outdated or boring?

It’s a question that many of us ask ourselves as we go through the process of choosing colours, especially in large homes with a lot of square footage to cover.

Jeffrey Bilhuber

This was a question posted by a very special reader (one of my first subscribers actually—thanks Victoria) that I thought I would try and answer in my monthly newsletter article.

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  • StylishHeather says:

    Looking forward to reading it!

    One colour I love is BM's tyler taupe (HC-43)…it's been in my living room for about 5 years now and it still makes me happy 🙂

  • Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury says:

    Looking forward to receiving my newsletter, Maria. Can't believe I hadn't already signed up! After years of living with various colors on my walls, I've decided to try all white for a while. Behr's Cottage White to be specific. Love it. And Martha Stewart's Scone in the bedrooms. I'm hoping "real" colors in the bathrooms will satisfy my need for something more than white… and that I'll get some good ideas about what those colors should be from your newsletter!

  • Tara Dillard says:

    Taupe. Long time.

    Hired a decorator & it's being replaced with, Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray HC-105. It looks like a taupe-gray-green.

    Most important fact?

    I hired a professional!!!!!!!

    Love everything I'm learning from you.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  • High-Heeled Foot in the door says:

    Love this tease! I don't think I'm signed up to receive newsletters. I'm going to sign up right now!

  • Red Door Home says:

    What a great question. I have always found I get tired of colors that are too bold. Although I love them at first and they tend to look wonderful in pictures, I think living day to day with them tends to get tiresome. I like light walls (something in the white – brown – gray family but not pastels) that allow me to change my furnishings and accessories easily. That way I can still have the latest colors but I am not married to them for a great length of time.

    Quick question – is there a reason why sometimes you spell color with a "u" (colour)? Just curious.

  • Frances says:

    Just wanted to drop a line and say how much I really dig your blog. I visit daily. You are so speaking my language. Love the delivery. You know your stuff. There is not one post I've read that felt like I could have skipped it.

  • Eliana Tomás says:

    i think colours say a lot about us and about the moment of our lives we are living at this certain point. what i usualy tell my clients is: go for it, give colour to your space, paint the walls. whenever you feel it doesn't do anything to you, change it – it's one of the cheapest things to change in a space, to paint a wall back again.
    when i'm picking the colour(s) i always ask where they like to be, what gives them peace of mind and of course what makes them to dance. and then it's my job to balance the space.

    ps – i havent't got the newsletter yet.

  • Marlo says:

    Looking forward to the newsletter!
    One of my favourite's is BM's Monroe Bisque.

    By the way, I like the picture of Jeffrey Billhuber's design. I can see how he used colour flow (something you taught me) between the settee and the living room.

  • Annie, bossy color says:

    I'm not a big fan of newsletters, but I'm a BIG fan of Colour Me Happy, so I've subscribed!

    What do you make of Pantone's 2010 Color of the year?

  • Karena says:

    Maria you know I love your blog. I am always open to hearing about the latest trends, by the way are blue and brown still a good combination. I a love to find inspiration for my paintings!

  • Karena says:

    Maria, where did you see the bath rug that looks like a work of art. I really want it!! Do tell! I hope it is not terribly expensive!

  • Between you, me and the Fencepost says:

    I love you newsletter and I can't wait for the latest edition.

  • Marlo says:

    I love Colour Me Happy!

    The information is so valuable and you've been so helpful and patient with my questions that I don't know how to give back for all that you've given me.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

  • Jen says:

    Maria, enjoy reading and thinking about all the questions you pose –

    Long distance color I think that depends on the light – right now loving BM Beigewood -just did that at a client's and it is fab. and still love my walls BM Soleil – makes me happy!

    Happy Holidays.

  • The Blasphemous Fiendess says:

    Hello Red door Home-Maria is Canadian (just like myself) and in Canada we spell colour with a "u".

    Maria-love that blue colour in the above picture.

  • funcolors says:

    Well color me out of the loop.

    I didn't even know you had a newsletter, MK. How'd I miss that? Not like I'm a stranger around here. lol! I shoulda known.

    I am so glad you brought it to our attention. I'm signing up pronto.


  • Misty says:

    Are you only giving the tips in the newsletter?
    I am hesitant to give out an email address, plus I just wasted half an hour wading through my inbox so chances are I wouldn't find it anyway.
    I'll stick to reading the blog 😉

  • chanteusevca says:


    Thank you for featuring the question I asked. It's quite interesting to read everyone's response as to what paint colors they can live with long-term. The poster who mentioned that it depends on the light reminded me that Maria taught me that in a prevous post. Not being a professional, that piece of information was an eye opener for me and I really appreciated learning that and so much more from Maria through her blog and her newsletter and directly.

    Maria, I love your blog and your newsletter and I am thrilled to have been the first to subscribe to your blog. I've never encountered a more generous, giving blogger — one who takes the time to thoughtfully reply to every email and go to great lengths to accommodate those of us who cannot hire a professional at this time. Thank you for sharing your great wealth of knowledge with us. I, for one, am very appreciative and grateful. And I look forward to really hiring you one day in the near future!


  • beyondbeige says:

    Hi Maria- I signed up for your newsletter but there seems too be a problem. I couldn't get to your newsletter page.

    I do look forward to reading your posts and am sure your newsletter will be fantastic!

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