When you decide to paint the interior of your home, you'll suddenly become aware of just how many different paint colors there are. It's more than overwhelming, to say the least. So, to make it a little easier you, we're going to go over some of the more current popular interior paint colors. Many of these colors can also help make a space that's small look a lot more spacious. We hope that this will help you come up with some beautiful color schemes for your home. Find our most popular paint interior colors.

The Best All-Round Colors to Make a Room Feel Bigger

 Colors that are light and neutral work extremely well and are classics for painting smaller spaces. But, this doesn't mean that you have to give up on bold colors you might like if you're trying to make a room look a little bigger. This is because you can always use softer tones when it comes to furnisher and room accessories. The key here is to balance out any bolder color with neutral colors. This will keep the room from becoming overwhelming. Here are some of the most popular colors to consider when painting your home.

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“Swirling Smoke”

This is a great subtle color that goes well with a lot of darker colors because it is an excellent all-round color that has a gentle hint of grey which gives a very calm feel about any room it's used in.

“Cloud White”

This is a brighter white and is ideal for high ceilings and for helping make smaller spaces look larger. It's a good color to combine with greys, light blues, and other relatively neutral colors. It is also a good color to have in eggshell or a satin sheen.

“Hale Navy”

Currently Hale Navy is at the top of the list of blues in popularity right now and there's a good reason for this. It's because it has a very crisp and fresh look to it. It has the ability to make any space feel and look bright and cheery.


This is an amazing light grey-blue color that is clean, fresh, very cheery. It's a “cool” color that gives you the feel of a fresh breezy day. It can be accented with a variety of warmer or deeper colors to really accent its freshness.

Designer Trick – If you have tight spaces in a smaller room it's a good idea to consider painting both the walls and trim the same color. Especially for those rooms that have very little natural light. Doing this also helps with rooms that have low ceilings. Painting your walls and trim the same color will help your ceilings to look taller.

“Coastal Fog”

 Coastal Fog is a greenish-grey color that reminds you of being at the beach which in turn gives you a feeling of calmness. This paint color is great if you have a room that has a lot of windows and doors and then make sure that you paint both the walls and trim the same color.

“Navy Masterpiece”

This is a deep dark tone that ranges from a deep grey-blue to a deep blue. This is a great color if you are looking to make a room feel extremely cozy. If it's a large room you might want to trim it in a lighter color and paint it all the same if it's a smaller room with a low ceiling.

“Geyser” and “Colonial Aqua”

These two are both quite natural hues that are grey-green to green-blue and work well together if you're wanting a room to have a light, bright, and cheery feel to it. It's great for a room that might have an ocean theme or feel to it.

“Stonehenge Griege”

Stonehenge Griege gives off a nice warm and earthy hue that isn't too light nor too dark. It has a tannish tone with a slight hint of grey that will transform any room that may have been cold into a very inviting, warm, and cozy room. It will also help make a smaller room look a little bigger.

“Chelsea Gray”

This is a warm and moderately dark gray color that works well with white trim in any sized room. It gives a room a comfortable and inviting feeling. It works well for dens, libraries, and studies.

“Orange Blossom”

Any time you choose a shade of orange it's a bold move because most shades of orange can be bold and vibrant colors. At the same time, they are uplifting colors and give you a feeling of warmth. Some hues can be romantic as well and can be a good paint for a bedroom. Orange Blossom is a more sophisticated and elegant shade of orange and it gives a room more of relaxed energy and rooms feel brighter and lighter with this paint.

Everyone wants to be proud of their homes and nothing gives it a better face-lift than a well done interior paint job. There a lot of different things that you need to do just to get ready for a new paint job, however, too often people, through really no fault of their own, will pick the wrong paint sheen. Different types of interior paint sheen.

The biggest mistake most people make is simply the fact they don't quite understand the different interior paint sheens and what type of rooms they work best in. We hope that what we offer you here will help make picking out your paint sheen a lot easier. The last thing you want to happen is to finish your painting project and you don't like it because it doesn't have the right sheen. That can not only be disappointing but you may end up needing to re-paint and that can be costly.

Basic Rule of Thumb

An important rule of thumb that we always suggest to our clients is this: the higher the sheen means the more shine the interior paint is going to have. This also means that the higher the shine the more durable the interior paint is going to be.

Flat interior paint has no shine at all for example, and high-gloss interior paint is basically all shine. In between these two types of paint you'll find semi-gloss, eggshell, and satin. Each of these different paints has its own decorative and practical uses or jobs to do.

Best Types of Paint for Your Home

 The chart below lists different rooms in your home and the interior paint sheen recommended for each room:

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Durable, easy to clean paint.


High-gloss or semi-gloss.



Easily cleaned, holds up to high traffic.


Satin finish.



Clean, smooth looking walls for low-traffic areas.


Eggshell finish.



High pigment wall paint, low-traffic areas.


Flat or matt finish.



Durable, easy to clean paint, and holds up to humidity.



High Gloss Interior Paint

 High gloss paint is the easiest to clean and the most durable interior paint that there is. It is extremely shiny and light-reflecting. You might compare it to appliance-like when it comes to painting toughness.

High gloss is a great interior paint choice for those rooms that have extremely high-traffic as well as those rooms that see a lot of areas that get touched by dirty and sticky fingers such as rooms with a lot of trim, cabinets, and doorways. Just remember high gloss paint is very shiny so it's really important that you really do good prep work before you paint because this kind of paint can really shine and it shows all of the rolls and bumps.


Semi-gloss paint is a wonderful paint for those rooms that are exposed to moisture and/or humid such as your bathroom or even laundry room. It is a pretty durable paint and will hold up well against grease so it can also work in the kitchen since it's easy to clean, not at easy as a high gloss but pretty close. It also works well for trims.


Interior satin paint has a really nice luster, some describe it as “velvety”. It's pretty easy to clean so it too can work well in high-traffic rooms. The biggest knock against satin paint is that it easily reveals any application flaws there might be such as brush and roller strokes and doing touch-up can be a little bit tricky to do.

Satin paint is pretty durable and it works well for family or living-rooms, hallways, kid's bedrooms, and foyers.


Eggshell falls somewhere between flat and satin when it comes to the sheen and durability. Basically it's a flat finish that has a tiny bit of luster, much like that of a chicken's egg, thus the name eggshell.

Eggshell easily covers up wall imperfections and is a good paint for a den or living-room that doesn't get a lot of bumps and scrapes.

Flat or Matt

Flatt or matt paint can often be the best friend for any wall that has something to hide. Flat paint soaks up the light instead of reflecting it. It contains the most color and provides you with the most coverage which means it saves you both time and money.

It's best used in adult bedrooms and other interior rooms that have low-traffic because it's one of the more difficult paints to clean.

Whatever paint you choose to use, always make sure that you do all of the proper prep work that needs to be done. Otherwise, no matter what kind of paint you might use isn't going to look good and the last thing that you want after all the time and money spent on your painting project could be in vain. After all, you want your home to look great when you're done.



At Routon House Painting, we understand that it's very important to you that your home look it's best, and we're here to help you learn just how to do that and be a success. So, here are our favorite tips to help you prepare for any interior paint job that might be done in your home.

The Proper Interior Prep for Painting 

It's really important that before you try tackling any kind of interior paint prep that you take some time out and do a walkthrough in your head and identify any potential problem areas you may come across. Even better yet, take about ten minutes of your time and actually go through your home physically an look for any possibles issues that might come up. By taking ten minutes of your time will save you from hours of unnecessary frustration.

Protect Your Furniture 

I have seen it many times when people tend to forget about their furniture that might be in a room and this can end up being a mistake. It's important to note that unless you are having a room painted that's totally empty, you really need to cover your furniture with some sort of painter's plastic. Otherwise, you could end up damaging your furniture and might even have to end up replacing it.

It's important also to make sure that if there are items on dressers or on your bathroom counters it's a really good idea to either remove them altogether or at least move them away from the walls to the center.

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Removal of Wall Plates

After you have taken care of your furniture by covering it up and then pulling it away from the walls, you will then be able to see where all the light switches and outlets are located. This will make it a lot easier for you to get to all of them by pulling out your furniture. After you do this the next step will be to remove all of the wall plates. You will also want to remove any vent and return covers as well.

So, why does all of this interior paint prep matter? Well, while you can paint over these things or even paint around them, you will be losing the separation between your walls and the cover plates. This can give your overall look a very ragged and extremely unprofessional look, especially some of these can be very visible.

Cover Floors

It's really important that you get some sort of item to cover your floors before you start painting. If you are painting a wall, it's highly recommended that you provide cover for at least three feet away from the wall. Now, if you happen to be painting a ceiling make sure to cover your entire floor. One of the best things to use for covering is canvas drop cloths. These are especially great for carpeting. They are really easy for anyone to spread out and unlike plastic coverings, they stay without having to use any kind of tape.

Just normal drips and splatter won't go through these, however, a large spill will still soak through even a canvas cover, so be very careful.

Scaffolds and Ladders

If you're going to be painting any wall above one foot and overhead like a ceiling, it's really a good idea for you to use at least a stepladder. But if you're trying to tackle really tall walls and vaulted ceilings you will want a taller ladder and in some cases, you may even want to include some scaffolds.

Patching Walls

One important thing to know here is this, make sure that you cover all of your floors prior to doing any kind of patching. It can be very easy for you to drip a huge glob of this compound on to your floor and you really don't want to have to waste time trying to clean this mess up off your carpet. By doing patching on your walls, you'll end up with a much crisper and smoother final job.

Clean Surfaces

Before you start painting, it's important that you clean off any foreign substances that might be on what you are going to be painting. If you decide to skip this step, your paint is going to have a difficult time adhering properly. Later on down the road, the paint may also start peeling off if you skip this important prep step.

This really isn't all that difficult. If you're cleaning off-dry things such as dust, sawdust, or pet hair, just use a microfiber cloth. For tackier materials like grease, it will need to be complete with a solution of water and dish soap.

Prep Your Trim

The trim which is the transition line that's between the trim and the wall can be rather tricky to get just perfect in fact many pros themselves will often rely on painter's tape. The tape will protect your trim and it will also create a nice perfect smooth and crisp line when you pull the tape away.

It's a good idea to consider practicing taping your trim, especially around the ceiling until you feel comfortable doing it. Once you feel like you have it down then you're just about ready to paint.

Make a Final Test Sample

The last thing you should do prior to painting brings out the rollers, brushes, and paint pans and make sure that you have all you need. On top of that, it's important that you check your paint. Open up a can and then make sure that it's completely mixed. The next thing to do is to apply a very small coat of the paint on an area of a wall that is inconspicuous. This is to make sure that the tint is exactly what you want before the painting begins.