Though we may not be the biggest fans of its author (and not just because we were sorted into Slytherin by her website), Harry Potter season is upon us. In the spirit of Halloween and the holiday season, we’re dusting off our Sorting Hats and picking out our HYD-approved paint colors based on your Harry Potter Houses! Enjoy.
Gryffindor is classic red and gold, ostentatious, and unquestionably the star of the show. We tend to shy away from bright or primary red paints as they can feel a bit aggressive on a wall, but in a slightly muted burgundy like Benjamin Moore’s deep and moody Arroyo, we can always indulge. We paired it with the more exuberant India Yellow by Farrow & Ball, a festive color that leans traditional but is just cheeky enough to keep our interest, much like our Gryffindor heroes.
Slytherin is cool silver and green, quiet and tasteful with a penchant for mystery. We opted for a silvery dark green, Devonshire Gray by Benjamin Moore, to evoke the icy house of Slytherin and the never-fail Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore, an elegant pairing that nonetheless begs the question: who are they and what are they up to?
Ravenclaw’s navy and bronze is a deep and surprising combination. Anchor Gray by Benjamin Moore, a classic navy with a subtle, powdery edge, serves as an intriguing counterpart to Praline by Pure & Original, a warm yellowish bronze with a hint of green. One could write a dissertation on the possibilities of this color pairing and its clashing undertones that would leave a Ravenclaw scratching its head for days.
Hufflepuff’s sporty yellow and black is grounded yet upbeat. We chose Weston Flax by Benjamin Moore, a pale, supporting-character yellow that adds just enough interest to a space without stealing the show, and paired it with the uncomplicated Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams, a reliable, true black that plays well with others.
Are your house colors speaking to you?