Today we are talking paint! The number one question I have been asked about each house we have remodeled, or built, is what paint color I used in a particular space. When people see the barn they ask quite often what color I used on our cabinets, and what whites I used throughout. I can remember our second remodel, a duplex, we sanded our cabinets and painted them white, and when my husband asked me what white I wanted to use I made the HUGE mistake of saying, “it’s white, I don’t care, any will do.” NOPE. WRONG. ALL WHITES ARE NOT THE SAME! I learned that quickly when we painted our kitchen and the cabinets were so bright I felt like they were screaming at me! After this mistake I researched ALL THE WHITES when we painted our third remodel and found some favorites. I actually think this process has grown a love for paint in me – I love how paint can transform a space, it is also the one area I can contribute to our construction projects after design. With that said, I thought I would share my favorite paint colors with you.
Let’s begin with whites! Note, all of these paint colors are from Sherwin Williams, and ALWAYS, always put a sample up on the wall in the room you are painting, paint changes with its surroundings (those tiny paint chips you get in the store are not large enough).
- Snowbound is such a beautiful white; it is white without being too loud, it feels like a “beachy” white, but it does have some red undertones. I used this on a dresser and I love it so much.
- Alabaster is one of the most popular and go to whites. This is a true white, but it has just a touch of yellow, which keep it from feeling too stark.
- Pure White is what we used on the walls throughout our barn. We also used it as our exterior paint color. This is a bit brighter than Alabaster, and it does have a gray undertone, but I love how it feels crisp without feeling too bright. I think Pure White could also make a great trim color if you are using Alabaster on your walls.
- Extra White is the perfect trim color in my opinion. It’s definitely the brightest of the ones mentioned, but it provides a great, crisp contrast to your wall color.
If you want a hint of color on your wall, without making too much of a statement this next set of colors is for you.
- Pediment is a creamy gray that I used in my son’s nursery and it was so beautiful. It can go both cool and warm depending on the room and decor. If you are wanting gray without being too boldly gray, this would be the perfect color for you.
- Egret White is probably my FAVORITE color at the moment. I found this color while building the barn and I used it in my master bedroom. It is the next step darker than white and it is creamy. If you love the look of light and bright but don’t feel like you can commit to white walls this would be the perfect color for you.
- Eider White is Egret White’s gray counterpart. I love this color as well. I used this in my master bath, and it complimented the marble perfectly. It is once again, one step darker than white, but leans gray, so if you are looking for a cool color this is the one for you.
- Mindful Gray is a true gray. This gray is a medium color that is perfect if you are looking to go gray with cabinetry or walls and has minimal undertones.
The next set of colors are more bold and moody.
- Homburg Gray is the color I am currently using in our garage bathroom and I LOVE it! It is a moody green with both blue and gray undertones. It photographs more of a hunter green, but it is much more rich than that in person. If you are looking for moody green, check this one out, it does not disappoint.
- Granite Peak is the steel-blue we used on our kitchen cabinets, and I am so, so happy with my decision. It is a deep gray blue (I’m amazed at how many people only see gray, and how many people only see blue) and it compliments white and marble beautifully. I love this color, it is up there with my favorite decision I made in my home.
- Morning Fog is the only color that I have used in multiple homes/remodels. I used this in my oldest son’s nursery and have continued to use it in each of his rooms since. It is a gray but does have blue in it. It is a medium tone that I would love to see in a man’s office with darker accents. I use it with whites, creams and grays, and get compliments on it all of the time. It is a very calming color.
- Requisite Gray is not as bold as the others and probably deserves to be up with Mindful Gray. I would say that this is Mindful Grays warm counterpart. I love this gray because it has brown undertones, and it compliments dark hardwood flooring beautifully. This is another crowd pleaser and makes for a great color to use throughout.
Here are a few examples of these colors throughout my home.
Like I said, I love paint, and I hope this inspires you on your painting journey. Have you used any of these paint colors? What are some of your favorites? I’d love to hear! Happy Monday!