HGTV's Chelsea DeBoer says this one 'perfect' shade will elevate any space

The Down Home Fab designer revealed the single hue that's versatile enough to elevate every style of home – exclusively with H&G

Chelsea DeBoer
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Choosing a color that's versatile enough to work in every style of room in every kind of home is no easy feat, but Chelsea DeBoer has made it possible.

The Down Home Fab designer and Aubree Says co-founder has spent years refining our design habits, so we're not scared to trust her color choices – and though she admits they are safe, they're almost entirely failsafe. 

'Saying white works in every single room is a basic answer, but it's the truth. Having a white base can work anywhere because you can still make it feel warm, cozy, and inviting even if you paint it white,' Chelsea says in an interview with H&G.

'Specifically, when decorating with white, I recommend Sherwin Williams' Alabaster. It's the perfect white, and it looks great in all spaces.'

office with white walls and sofas

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Though it's no secret that white paint is one of the most versatile choices for our homes, this hue is an eternally safe investment – making her second color choice all the more surprising. 

'I initially wanted to say black works in all rooms because that's my personal favorite color, but I don't know if that's something you can use in every single area,' she comments.

'I personally love black rooms – my bedroom isn't huge, but we painted it black, and it doesn't feel smaller. Black is underrated, whether we use it on our walls or throughout a whole room. However, in this case, white is so classic and so good every single time.'

Chelsea DeBoer
Chelsea DeBoer

Chelsea DeBoer is a female entrepreneur, social media maven, and co-founder of Aubree Says. Aubree Says, founded in early 2021, offers a range of high-quality, affordable everyday home products, including blankets, candles, and baby, household, and kitchenware accessories. Chelsea also stars alongside her husband, Cole, in HGTVs ‘Down Home Fab,’ which is currently filming season 2.

with wooden floors

(Image credit: Madeline Harper Photography)

White paint will always be a timeless color trend, but as Chelsea explains, this isn't the only feature that will look just as fashionable in 'decades to come'.' 

'Medium to light wood tones will always be in – they'll always be classic and gorgeous. I'm less sure about hues with orange tones and darker wood tones, but medium to light woods will look stylish,' she adds. And paint and wood shades aside, some furnishings will always be worth the investment.

'Choosing functional design and decor, such as built-in storage options, is never a bad idea. Durable design features will always be useful – and they'll always be timeless.'

Chelsea's brand, Aubree Says, is a natural starting point when accessorizing our rooms, whatever color our walls and wooden accents may be. We love these three picks, perfect for fall decor too.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.