One of the most frequently asked questions that I get on social media and here on the blog is, “What paint color is that?” So, I thought it was time to do a roundup of all the colors we’ve used so far in our new (ish) home. When we first moved into the house in 2022, I had anticipated being able to use a lot of the same colors that we used in our old house. However, I quickly realized that the bright, bright white I loved so much and the gray/beige paint I had also come to love just didn’t work with our newly inherited cream-painted trim (which is very similar to Décor White from Sherwin-Williams, if you’re wondering).
Anyway, I had to rethink all of my paint plans after we moved, but I’ve since narrowed our whole house color palette down to a really great collection of paints. Keep scrolling as I take you room by room to name and describe the colors I’m loving right now, and make sure you scroll to the end of the post for a breakdown of a few of the colors that I can’t wait to try next.
Sunroom: Pure White, Sherwin-Williams
When perusing the photos in today’s post, you’ll see quite a few white walls. I used a paint called Elegant White from Better Homes & Gardens when we first moved in that has since been discontinued, but it’s a close match to Sherwin-Williams’ Pure White. I love the way it looks against our cream trim, and it really does wonders for brightening spaces in our house. Pretty much any white wall you see in our home is painted this particular shade of white.
Dining Room: Homburg Gray, Sherwin-Williams
Our dining room also got a coat of Pure White from top to bottom shortly after we moved in, but I felt like the space ultimately looked a little plain with nothing but white/cream paint in it. So, I decided to punch things up with a rich gray/green/blue on the lower half of the room. I painted Homburg Gray from Sherwin-Williams all along the area below the chair rail, and suddenly the room looked so much moodier and interesting. You’ll see later on that I carried this dark color into the living room as well, which has helped these semi-neighboring spaces look and feel more cohesive together.
Guest Room: Similar To Moderate White, Sherwin-Williams
I’m asked pretty regularly on Instagram to name the paint color in our guest room, but it’s actually a very subtle paisley-like wallpaper. If you look closely, you’ll see a two-tone cream and white print of leaves and petals, but when seen from far away, it definitely does look like a really nice soft neutral paint color. I recently had it matched to Moderate White by Sherwin-Williams in case you want to try to get the look without having to track down a roll or two of similar vintage wallpaper.
Kitchen Nook And Hall Bathroom: Hazel, Sherwin-Williams
Another now-discontinued Better Homes & Gardens paint color that I used right when we moved in was called Silken Jade. Again, I had it matched, and the closest paint color name I can come up with is Hazel by Sherwin-Williams. It’s a fun poppy blue/green tone that really speaks to me. We used it in our hall bathroom, and also below the chair rail in our kitchen nook seating area. Oh, and by the way, in case you picked up on it…Yes, I’m a big fan of Sherwin-Williams paint! There’s an SW store just around the corner from our house, and it has naturally become my habit to head that direction when I need to source paint.
Living Room/Entry: Origami White, Likeable Sand, And Homburg Gray, Sherwin-Williams
Our living room is probably the most colorful room in our house sporting three different paint colors. We used a different, more gray tone Sherwin-Williams white paint on the two longest walls called Origami White, and then I chose to use Homburg Gray (the same paint color I used in the dining room) to accent the fireplace wall. Finally, I added pops of Likeable Sand to the entryway and walls directly behind our floating bookshelves. If you’re curious about the wallpaper I used on the walls flanking our entry, it’s from Fancy Walls and is called Neutral Retro Geometric.
Kitchen Cabinets: No Filter, Clare Paint
The best thing we have done thus far to our new home is paint the old wood kitchen cabinets. You can read that whole story here if you missed it, but we decided to use No Filter from Clare Paint as our new cabinet color. That neutral cream-colored paint added so much brightness and freshness to the room, I could hardly believe it when I first stepped back after putting the paint brush down (and it still makes me so excited to gaze at, even now months later). I’ll never get over the immense paint of paint to transform a room—without spending a ton of money, too!
Home Office And Entryway: Likeable Sand, Sherwin-Williams
After using Likeable Sand in our front living room and entryway, I decided to carry the color down into the bedroom wing of our house to help add some cohesion to that part of our floor plan. I used it in a 3/4-wall treatment in my home office, and love how much warmth it gives the space. I should mention for all you astute copyeditors out there that I know “likable” isn’t usually spelled “likeable,” but that’s how Sherwin-Williams spelled the paint color name in their database, so I’m sticking to it!
Primary Bathroom: Sea Salt, Sherwin-Williams
The wall color in our primary bathroom may be a little hard to see in those photos above, but I used Sea Salt from Sherwin-Williams in the space when I made it over last summer. I wanted something neutral with just a hint of color, and this light blue/green works perfectly. I love the way it subtly pops against the existing vintage white wall tile and the gold accents that we chose for the lighting, mirror, and plumbing. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect spa-inspired blue/green paint, I can’t help but think that Sea Salt is your answer.
Primary Bedroom: Celadon Limewash, James Alexander
The upper section of our primary bedroom walls is actually in the midst of a major transformation right now (say goodbye to the vintage wallpaper!), but the lower half is all done in Celadon Limewash from James Alexander. I worked on this project last year, and adore how it came out. Limewash is definitely more high maintenance than regular painted walls, but there’s something so unique about this textured wall treatment. The light blue/green tone of the limewash also works really wall with the Sea Salt in our attached primary bath.
There you have it—every paint color name in our new house! If you have any questions about the colors we used or the paint brands we opt for, please leave a comment. I make sure to answer each and every note left here on the blog, so you can be confident that I’ll get back to you with all the details I might have accidentally left out.
As for paint colors I’d love to try here in our retro ranch, I’ve got my eye on Evergreen Fog from Sherwin-Williams, Desert Twilight from Benjamin Moore, Coastal Plain by Sherwin-Williams, and Rosemary, which is (you guessed it!) also from Sherwin-Williams. As you can see if you clicked those links, moody dark greens are really inspiring me right now. What paint colors are you loving?
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