Paint Colors Inspired by New Orleans

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No matter if it was Mardi Gras that took you there or a quick weekend jaunt from Atlanta, New Orleans holds a special place in the heart of the south. Bursting at the seams with character, music, incredible cocktails and color, you know you’re in a for a good time when your tickets say NOLA. With the 10th anniversary of Katrina still at our heels,the city and its resurgence in full color have inspired people, painters and designers across the country. Below here, our favorite paint colors inspired by New Orleans.

Colors Inspired by New Orleans

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When you think New Orleans, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Mardi Gras of course! Because of its popularity, Benjamin Moore named a paint color in the season’s bright yellow-gold’s honor. We love this color for a kitchen, guest powder room or even mixed in with a neutral navy or crisp white for a sunny living room. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Colors Inspired by New Orleans

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Dreamy and romantic, just like the classic homes in the garden district, just looking at this color palette feels like a vacation. The deep blues of the aquas contrasted against the black and sweet, soft pinks and creams make for a beautiful pastel scene. We think these calm color combos would be spectacular in a bedroom.

Colors Inspired by New Orleans

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Preservation Hall is a New Orleans institution. Opened in 1961 to celebrate the music of New Orleans, jazz, the concert hall has hosted everyone from Mos Def to the Blind Boys of Alabama. With so much music, it’s also a place that has a style all its own. This warm color palette, inspired by the front entrance and made with Sherwin Williams’ Chip It app is inviting and comforting, ideal for an entertaining space like a dining room or living room.

Colors Inspired by New Orleans

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And what’s New Orleans without a little pink? We love Creole Pink, inspired by the Creole and Caribbean cultures who settled in New Orleans. It’s not a loud hot pink but instead a quieter color that’s striking when mixed with other pastels or neutrals like beige and khaki. Southern Living suggests using this color on your home’s exterior and pairing with a gray trim.

Have you been to New Orleans before? What did you love about it? Have you ever painted your home–inside or out–because something or somewhere inspired you? Tell us, we want to know!

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