7 Earthy Paint Colors To Guarantee A Grounded Space


From warm neutrals to moody and vibrant verdant hues, designers share their favorite earthy tones for a cozy retreat.


pink paint corner chaise Photo: Summer Ennis

Cheryl Luckett

Dwell by Cheryl Interiors, Charlotte

Likeable by Sherwin Williams

“When it come to earth tones, I like a little more unexpected color. This warm neutral with a hint of pink is the epitome of sophistication.”


traditional neutral dining room gray side chairs green host chairs gray rug Photo: Julie Soefer

Marie Flanigan

Marie Flanigan Interiors, Houston

Hushed Hue by Benjamin Moore

“While it’s still light in color, this paint has beautiful earthy, warm undertones. I used it in my own home, as seen here, because it pairs beautifully with natural tones and textures.”


dark gray living room Photo: Matthew Millman

Jay Jeffers

Jay Jeffers, San Francisco

Deep Secret by Benjamin Moore

“I used this shade in my own home in San Francisco, and I love the dark and sexy mood that it evokes.”


bright green bathroom with gold detail and nature motif Photo: Dustin Peck

Courtney McLeod

Right Meets Left Interior Design, New York City

Bamboo Shoot by Sherwin Williams

“For this bathroom, I combined modern fixtures with a historical color palette and classic motifs. I had the hand-painted wall border customized to coordinate with the earthy light Bamboo Shoot by Sherwin Williams that I splashed on the walls, molding, and baseboard.”


green wallpaper den with pillows Photo: Marco Ricca

Katie Leede

Katie Leede & Co., New York City

Hemp by The Paint Lab

“I find incorporating the unusual undertones of soil and earth, like this moody shade that we used in a recent Sag Harbor project, to be a soothing backdrop to our more spirited selections for the wallpaper and fabrics.”


terracotta blush family room with retro art Photo: Yoshihiro Makino

Josh Greene

Josh Greene Design, New York City

Iris 2 by The Paint Lab

“Terracotta feels right. It’s like blush but more butch. Perhaps because I spend time in the California desert but that level of color feels like it strikes the right note. Especially in this family room in Rancho Mirage, which was inspired by the 1970s and 1980s.”


earthy green neutral living room with fireplace Photo: Grey Crawford

Jeff Andrews

Jeff Andrews Design, Los Angeles

Mouse’s Back by Farrow & Ball

“I’ve used this color in living rooms and bedrooms predominantly, and I love it because it’s almost muddy. It’s not khaki, or olive or brown, but it creates a cozy feeling.”


jewel blue living room Photo: Julie Soefer

Nina Magon

Nina Magon Studio, Houston

Seaworthy by Sherwin Williams

“It’s such a versatile color that is associated with openness and depth like the ocean.”