Published on March 31, 2020

While most of us are stuck at home, it’s only natural to daydream about the next trip we’ll take once the travel bans lift and we get to step foot in a hotel room once again. Just imagine the perfectly crisp sheets, fluffy duvets, and perfectly coordinated interiors, the kind that makes you feel as though you’ve entered an ultra-organized alternative universe—no piles of dirty laundry, week-old bedding, or crammed closets in sight. 

Or you can spend the extra time you have at home to make your own space feel a little more like a resort. There’s truly no better time to tackle a paint project (as long as you’re willing to have a sleepover in the living room for a night while the walls dry). But which color should you go with? Take note from hotel designers and try one of their favorite hues.

If You Enjoy Staring at the Ocean

Bath Salts by Benjamin Moore is the color of the sky where it meets the ocean on a happy day. I grew up in Palm Beach, and staring out at the horizon line is the most restful state of mind I know. The sentiments around this shade all connote home and rest, so it feels just right. —Celerie Kemble, principal at Kemble Interiors

Currently working on: The Mayflower Inn & Spa, an Auberge Resorts Collection property in Washington, Connecticut, is reopening in June after a ground-up renovation. 

If You’re the Moody Type

This is the perfect color to add instant moodiness. We love using it as a ceiling color to add a touch of saturation in a white room. —Carrie Dessertine, director of interior architecture, Reunion Goods + Services 

Currently working on: The Wayfinder in Newport, Rhode Island, a boutique hotel created by a group of local chefs, bartenders, artists, designers, and entrepreneurs that’s opening this May.

If You’re a Nostalgic at Heart

We’ve been using Farrow & Ball’s School House White across a number of projects, including our own studio. We are always fond of spaces that have been coated in layers and layers of paint (like an old light switch in a New York City apartment), as it creates a softness to trim and detail. For some reason, this color captures that feeling and gives the walls a few years of age. —Leigh Salem, partner at Studio Tack 

Currently working on: The Harbor Front Inn, which overlooks the Peconic Bay on the North Fork of Long Island, is set to open this spring.

If You Crave a Sense of History

Yellow is actually rooted a lot in historic interiors. It adds a bit of playful brightness, particularly to a small space. I love this type of butter hue used with black and white accents. —Jacu Strauss, creative director of Lore Group 

Currently working on: Most recently, Strauss designed the vibrant Riggs Washington DC, which opened in February.

If You Value Intimacy

I love this shade for creating a moody, intimate bedroom. It has a richness that is perfect for laying with patterns and textures, but isn’t too deep. —Tenaya Hills, design director at Bunkhouse

Currently working on: Hotel Magdalena, located right on Music Lane in the popular South Congress neighborhood of Austin, is opening in early summer.

If You Want an Inviting Ambience

I find teal a very captivating color. It instantly provides an inviting ambience. I will often choose this over that of a true blue, because there is more warmth to it. Anderson Blue is a shade deep enough to make a statement yet soft enough to still not overpower a room. —Martyn Lawrence Bullard, principal at Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design

Currently working on: Bullard recently completed The Prospect Hollywood, a storied Regency-style property that opened its doors in February.

If You’re Not Afraid of the Dark

This is a lovely dark, moody shade which has a lot of warmth for a blue and is great for bedrooms. —Tom Parker, cofounder of Fettle Design

Currently working on: Parker is wrapping up the Hoxton, which is getting a new address, this time in Rome. It’s set to open in fall 2020, hopefully when travelers will be returning to beautiful Italy. 

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