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Contemporary Paint Colors

Simple, clean lines and minimal architecture open the door for a range of striking contemporary color schemes in today’s modern home.

“Contemporary style is all about light and airiness,” says Hannah Lee, a Seoul-based Benjamin Moore retailer in Korea, a country that has emerged as a leader in contemporary interior design. “Bold strokes of color are used to add a sense of dynamism against neutrals for modern spaces, whether it be in a retail space, or in a fresh, modern home.”

The Benjamin Moore Contemporary Color Palette

A breezy contemporary color scheme for interiors, this palette provides effortless color combinations that work wonders. Whether used in a loft, a kids’ room, a studio workspace or elsewhere, make this contemporary color palette yours!


White walls with a long wall table, two rattan chairs and a black side table.

Art & Soul: Contemporary Color Goes Neutral

Neutral, greige and taupe paint colors keep the contemporary home warm and welcoming. Maritime White OC-5, a popular pale greige noted in our contemporary palette, is a favorite paint color pick for modern interiors.

Here, Glacier White OC-37—a favorite off-white for contemporary homes—lends a clean, calming canvas. Trendy rattan chairs add a casual, outdoors-in energy to the space. And the abstract artwork reflects the overall color scheme and minimalist aesthetic of modern design.
Bedroom with white walls and a large light pink circle behind white bed with pink throw blanket and a basket chandelier.

Tickled Pink (Paint): A Graphic Application

Ever-optimistic, pink paint is a signature color of the millennial home.

In this cheerful yet elegant bedroom, a playful, soft pink-painted halo in First Light 2102-70—the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2020—reimagines the accent wall. Cool, crisp White Heron OC-57-painted walls and ceiling provide perfect contrast.

Balancing the youthful vibe of the bedroom, gilded home accessories add a luxurious tone to the space.
Light blue-magenta walls with a white fireplace featuring a modern dining room table and white chairs.

The Case for Vibrant Color

With it's wide range of expressive paint colors, the Color Preview® Color Collection offers an essential palette for homeowners who want vibrant color in their home. Here Color Preview's violet Enchanted 2070-50 adds the right amount of whimsy to cool, Ice Mist OC-67-painted walls. Looking for a softer lavender? Try dreamy Violet Mist 1437.

Midcentury-inspired furniture mixed with sleek industrial elements in this dining area creates a stylish space. Of course, smart home accessories are in the mix—an essential of today’s contemporary home.
Monochromatic kitchen walls with shades of dark and light green including three inset shelves holding 9 bowls.

Contrasting, Yet Cohesive Paint Colors

Unexpected color combinations are always refreshing.

Here, a muted kitchen wall in soft pastel Lime Sherbet CSP-845 frames deep Yorktowne Green HC-133 inset shelving. The back wall, in Covington Blue HC-138, offers a modern, yet practical take on color blocking.

Other modern takes on earth tones that we love include Heather Gray 2139-40 and Smoked Oyster 2109-40.

All of the photos in the Design P.O.V. series are courtesy of the interior designers featured. You can find paint colors like the ones pictured at
your local Benjamin Moore retailer.


Floating wood staircase in open foyer with white walls and a pink accent wall.

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