We do pure white throughout. Flat ceiling, eggshell walls, semigloss doors and trim. White makes small rooms feel bigger and we use cabinets and tile to provide accent. These are modern style homes so not sure if this would work in your market / style. I have found that using the color palettes from the paint companies is 10 times better than trying to choose paint colors individually. Also, you can check out some comps in your market that sold quickly to see what others are doing. Good luck.
Only writing here to stress the importance of @Michael Hacker 's advice to check out recently sold retail-market comps before you come to a decision. You can usually do it easily through the MLS or Zillow. Follow the local trends slavishly, however offensively ugly, cheap, or trashy you might find them personally.
I have always done one main color with an accent wall color (usually in living room, master bed and sometimes dining space). I have in the past done the bathrooms in different colors, but find sticking to a single color is easier.
@Brian Pulaski - Great tip on an accent wall in the master. I'm going to do that in the current reno I'm working on. Thanks!
From a contractors view, if your not going to do the work yourself the less colors you choose should save you money. Contractors tend to charge more if you pick a lot of colors.
Just a thought.
One color for the entire home. If it's light enough, you don't even need to paint the ceilings white although the ceilings look really good white if the doors/trim are white also. Kilim Beige is a real safe Sherwin Williams color. We're using Chocolate Froth from Home Depot right now and that seems to be real neutral.
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