7 Seriously Gorgeous Paint Colors Nobody Thinks of Using

Don’t ignore those weird shades on the fan deck.

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Paul Costello

Don’t ignore those weird shades on the fan deck; when used in the right way, they can do incredible things! See how four different designers used out-of-the-box colors, and read on for a trio of best-selling paints that aren't your typical neutrals.

1 S 3560-G60Y, Fine Paints of Europe
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Paul Costello

London's Winfield house inspired this room from designer Gwen Driscoll. "I said to my client, 'instead of fancy-pants, let's make it modern!'" she says. "People think I’m crazy when I say this, but to me, any green—even this one—can be a neutral in that everything looks good with it. We wanted a true chartreuse; too yellow and it's pea green, too blue and it's Kelly."

2 Electric Orange 2015-10, Benjamin Moore
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Jennifer Hughes

“This color actually came from an Hermès box I found in my wife's closet," says Patrick Sutton. "It was a fun, surprising way to make the interior of my kitchen cabinets just as beautiful as the fumed oak exterior—and so much better than opening them to see a jarring bright white or refinished maple."

3 Avalon Teal CSP-645, Benjamin Moore
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Richard Powers

Fawn Galli matched the Benjamin Moore shade for a client's kitchen floor. “I often do painted floors in country houses; this is the city version!" she says. "We used a pigmented concrete, which gives an amazing depth of color. The blue feels luxe and hard-edged at the same time."

4 Chocolate Velvet CSP-235, Benjamin Moore
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Nelson Hancock

"Dark brown walls don't have to be serious!" says Bruce Shostak. "For a young family's apartment, we chose a shade with golden under­tones that plays well with cheery reds and yellows. It looks like glossy brownie batter!"

5 Night Watch 1145-7, PPG
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Pittsburgh Paints

Pair with blond-wood furniture, please!

6 Sulking Room Pink No. 295, Farrow & Ball
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Farrow & Ball

Perfect for a cozy study.

7 Flirt Alert P150-7, Behr
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Behr

Art in gold frames would pop on this.

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