Forget Sunset Hues, These Cool Paint Color Ideas Are the Next Big Thing

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If you want your home to feel fresh, cool colors — like shades of green, blue, and purple — are what you need. Plus, they can be perfectly inviting when styled with complementary hues and fun decor.

You can make cool colors work in any room of your house, too. So don't hesitate to take a paintbrush to your kitchen cabinets or your bedroom walls. Whether you want to go floor-to-ceiling with a single hue or have a color block moment, there are options.

Check out these cool paint color ideas, and get ready to tackle your next room makeover.

1. Teal

There is a lot of texture in this room, but nearly everything is neutral until you get to the teal walls and the polka dot chair. The splashy paint shade makes the midcentury modern space feel a lot more fun and youthful.

2. Azure Blue

Go all out with your favorite azure blue, and coat the walls and ceiling in the same shade. This elegant living room is splashed with a glossy paint that makes the gray flooring really stand out. A richer shade like this won't feel too overpowering in a room with so much natural light and a bay window.

3. Minty Green

Kitchen cabinets don't have to be boring. Paint the wood a cool color that will make food prep seem even more fun. The muted mint green cabinets in this cooking space aren't quite pastel, so they still feel classic. And the shade pairs perfectly with dark countertops.

4. Purple

The purple stripes on the accent wall in this bedroom just work with the somewhat traditional headboard. In fact, purple hues are peppered everywhere, but none of them are exactly the same.

5. Dark Green

The walls in this den from Amber Interiors are so dark green that they're nearly black. In fact, the shade makes the space appear endless. And who wouldn't like to incorporate a visual trick like that? The neutral pillows and burlwood coffee table make things feel a little warmer.

6. Cornflower Blue

The traditional fireplace in this room blends right into the walls. Add in the matching chairs, and you've got a monochromatic look that's far from stuffy. We especially like the cowhide rug that feels unexpected but right.

7. Kelly Green

The huge windows in this kitchen almost make the cool kelly green walls appear neon, and the color definitely commands attention. However, the wood counters and floors create balance.

8. Eggplant

This rich shade of eggplant acts like a neutral in an open kitchen from Christie Leu Interiors. The rest of the modern space is purposefully devoid of color and is versatile enough for any house or family.


Hedy is a freelance lifestyle and entertainment writer for places including POPSUGAR, Eat This Not That, InStyle, and more. She devotes 99% of her time to snuggling with her cats, and 100% of her money to following Harry Styles around on tour. She's always on the lookout for another slice of New York pizza, and she's never met a Starbucks drink she doesn't like.

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