What’s the top question I get asked? It almost always has to do with the color of my walls! And if you’ve been around here for a little while, you know that painting is my favorite way to change a space. It’s both affordable and a skill that most people can do themselves!
So here it is: our house paint color scheme! I’ve also included some colors I love that aren’t in our house.
But first, a few tips:
- Buy paint on sale, tint it later. 90% of our home has been painted using cans purchased from Sherwin-Williams. We wait for a 30-40% off sale and buy the gallons as-is, untinted. When we’re ready to paint a room and have decided on a color, we bring it back into the store to get it tinted! They can color-match pretty much any color from any other brand.
- Paint a sample swatch on the wall before painting an entire room. I buy my gallons at SW, but I purchase paint samples from Lowe’s. At $3.99, they are smaller containers and $4 less than SW. When you paint a sample, be mindful of your brushstrokes; make them as minimal as possible to lessen the amount of sanding you need to do afterward. Home Depot actually sells 8.5″x11″ movable sample sheets that you can paint your color on and move it around the room. Brilliant!
- If you love the tone of a color, but wish it were lighter: Ask for it lightened by a percentage – like 25% or 50%.
1. Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
I was hunting for a warm gray to complement our large leather couch and we found the perfect combination in Revere Pewter, a light gray with warm undertones (a mixture of gray and beige aka greige). RP runs throughout our family room all the way up our stairwell and into our upstairs hallway.
2. Sherwin-Williams Crushed Ice
Talk about the power of paint! We originally painted our dining room Comfort Gray (which leans more blue-green), but recently painted it Crushed Ice, a soft neutral gray. Our room looks so much brighter!
3. Sherwin-Williams Accessible Beige
If Revere Pewter leans to gray in the greige combination, Accessible Beige leans more to the beige side, with a warm taupe undertone. It’s a wonderful accent to our wood kitchen cabinets!
4. Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray
Repose Gray is just a really nice gray, you guys! It doesn’t seem to have any strong undertones, but leans toward the warmer side. Our two biggest bedrooms – one of those being our master – as well as our guest full bathroom are painted Repose Gray and we love it!
5. Sherwin-Williams Eider White
Eider White is a really nice off-white that looks slightly gray. As I mentioned here, all white paint colors have some sort of undertone; Eider White’s is magenta, but it’s very subtle. We first picked this for the smallest room in our house – our half-bathroom – to go with Dorian Gray, which we painted our tiles (see photo under Dorian Gray). And just last week, we picked it for the largest space in our house – our basement!
6. Sherwin-Williams Dorian Gray
Dorian Gray is the darkest gray I’ve listed so far and on the same color bar as Eider White and Repose Gray. As I mentioned below, so far we’ve only used Dorian Gray in our home to paint the tile in our half-bathroom and love the combination! We love it so much that we’re strongly considering painting our basement cabinets the same color!
7. Sherwin-Williams Alabaster
This is a very popular white with a yellow undertone! We picked it for our garage entryway project and it’s brightened up our space in both our garage and hallway so much!
8. Magnolia Rainy Days
We love this beautiful cool blue with a gray tint and it reminds us so much of our wedding color! We originally picked Rainy Days for our garage entryway space and then loved it so much that we painted our front door too!
Other Paint Colors We Love (that aren’t in our house):
- Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray
- Sherwin-Williams Peppercorn
- Sherwin-Williams Anew Gray
- Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray
- Benjamin Moore White Dove
- Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace
- Benjamin Moore Iron Ore
- Benjamin Moore Simply White
- Benjamin Moore Classic Gray
- Benjamin Moore Gray Owl
- Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
*The paint colors in my photos are slightly off from the actual color due to the lighting and editing.
What have been your favorite colors that you’ve painted your walls? Let us know in the comments below!
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