A whole house paint color palette featuring neutrals, blues, and greens for a dramatic, classic, calming home.
Picking paint colors is tricky business. If I had a dollar for every time I lost sleep over choosing a paint color… okay, I’d have zero dollars and I’m being a tad dramatic, but it’s still nerve-wracking!
It’s definitely one of the top questions I’m always asked whenever I share a room in our house though. “What’s the paint color?”
So I thought it’d be helpful to round-up alllllll of the paint colors we’ve used in our house to have them in one convenient spot.
If you ever need help choosing colors for your own home, this (old) post I shared a couple of years ago is still my go-to method.
In a nutshell…
- Scour Google and Pinterest for paint color names (but DON’T completely trust how they look on your screen).
- Look at the paint colors in person at the paint store on sample paper strips.
- Buy sample pots of your favorite colors from the bunch. (This step seems like a pain to do but it’s absolutely worth it because even the paint strips aren’t totally accurate.)
- Paint your sample colors on a couple of white foam boards and tape them on different walls in the room. Look at the colors throughout the day (and even night) in different lighting to help you pick a favorite.
- Pick your winner! I almost always choose the lightest or second to lightest color on the paint strip or the darkest or second to darkest, but that’s just because I like lots of contrast. Medium shades don’t really do it for me, but that’s just my personal style.
If you want some ideas of my favorite colors, here’s all of the ones we’ve used so far.
Our Whole House Paint Color Scheme
1. Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee
This shade is a gorgeous slightly creamy white. It has just enough warmth to help a room not feel “hospital like”. And it’s great for trim too, but we use Sherwin Williams Simply White for a more true white.
2. Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron
We’ve painted all of our doors this almost black charcoal shade and love it! It makes every room feel high-end for just the cost of paint (and hides smudgey little kid handprints).
(I have a nifty trick for painting French doors, by the way. And it’s actually strangely satisfying.)
3. Benjamin Moore Classic Gray
The name of this paint is very deceiving. It’s a very light warm (almost beige) gray, but it’s an excellent neutral without any green/purple undertones that will work just about anywhere. It’s wonderful for spaces that don’t get any natural light, like windowless hallways.
4. Sherwin Williams Slate Tile
We used this color on the bathroom cabinets in last year’s Lowe’s Spring Makeover, and I fell so in love with this hue that I had to find a place for it in our house. It’s a very deep blue with just enough gray in it to make it a calming, dusty shade.
5. Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal
I love the richness of this color that is a true neutral while still being bold. It pops well against crisp white.
6. Sherwin Williams Billiard Green
I probably tested 12 different shades of green before choosing the winning paint color for our kitchen cabinet lowers. The name is very accurate, like the green felt you’d see on a billiard table, a very rich, handsome shade.
7. Sherwin Williams Tree Swallow
I tested out probably 8 samples of blue/turquoise colors before finding our built-in/mantel color for our playroom. It’s just that- playful. But it’s grayed down a bit so it’s not quite too shocking of a color. It would be gorgeous for an exterior accent on a front door too.
8. Benjamin Moore Hollingsworth Green
This minty green we used on our powder room bead board has a very vintage vibe. It’s a whisper of color that’s just barely bold enough to make a statement. It could be stunning on cabinets too.
9. Behr My Sweetheart
Pink is tough, and I lost track of how many samples I tried that reminded me of Pepto Bismol. But this one we used in Olivia’s room is the perfect ballet pink that leans slightly peach.
10. Magnolia Home Weekend
This color is so much bolder than any color I normally use but gahhhh it’s gorgeous! If you want to break out of the neutral box and attempt your first time with a punch of color, this is a wow-factor one. I love using blues and greens as color accents because they’re still the colors most commonly found in nature.
11. Benjamin Moore Moonshine
This is my favorite shade for bedrooms because even though it’s gray, it has a slightly blue/green undertone to give a space a peaceful feeling.
12. Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue
I dubbed this one Southern “haint blue” just because it reminds me so much of the porch ceilings you see on the coast of the Carolinas. But it would be beautiful on walls too, if you’re not afraid of aqua.
If you want to save our whole house color scheme for future reference, you can pin it here:
Got any favorite paint colors of your own? We still have 4 rooms left to makeover (plus larger renovations planned for a few others), so we need all the suggestions we can get!