If you’re newly married and moving into your first home together, you’re doubtless wondering about merging your design tastes and styles. I’m a big fan of neutral colors for this reason. Painting your home neutral colors allows you to incorporate both your tastes and blend your decor.
When we bought our house last fall, it was time for a paint refresh. I researched hours and hours to find the perfect neutrals that are farmhouse-inspired but work well in a traditional and transitional home.
This palette inspires calm and cozy.
Our last room was painted today and I can’t wait to take photos and share them!
Here are the colors I selected:
Accessible Beige – SW 7036
- Living room / hallway / stairwell
This is the color I debated the most. The living room is the biggest area in our home, the first impression, and open to the second story. It’s a lot of wall. We had Colonnade Gray on it before (at 50%), and I liked it, but I wanted a warmer greige. I read Revere Pewter was the perfect shade but some reviews felt like it was too dark for large areas. I also wanted to go a little more brown, but I was afraid of yellow undertones. I researched a lot of photos for a handful of colors and I felt the best about Accessible Beige. I realize it sounds like the most basic color in the entire planet, but it came out BEAUTIFULLY and I’m so happy I chose it. It’s perfect.
Sea Salt – SW 6204
- Kitchen / Laundry Room / Half Bath
Sea Salt is a super popular color, and it’s for good reason. I didn’t want to be cliché in my color choices, but Sea Salt offers so much versatility that I knew I could use it beyond a bedroom or bathroom. We tested the color in the half bathroom first and fell in love with it, so we’re extending it to the kitchen and laundry room as well.
Naval – SW 6244
- Lower Kitchen Cabinets
Our top cabinets are painted white, so we’re refreshing the bottom with Naval — this shade is a good navy because it’s not too dark or too blue. I think this will hold up well over time. We’re adding brass cabinet pulls as well.
Mink – SW 6004
- Downstairs Guest Bathroom (next to master bedroom)
I saw this color used in a bathroom and loved it. It’s a darker shade — like muted purple mixed with a chalky brownish-gray. It adds mood and a pop of depth and color in our guest bathroom. I thought it would be more brown, but it turned out more purpley, which is great because my daughter’s bedroom and upstairs bathroom are Moonlit Mauve (Behr), which has a lot of purple tones as well.
Tricorn Black – SW 6258 (back wall)
Revere Pewter HC-172 (Benjamin Moore)
- Master bedroom
Our back wall in our bedroom was painted black, so I had our painter extend the black about a foot onto the surrounding walls. The effect is 3D and gives that black wall more strength and prominence. It almost frames our room. The rest of the walls are Revere Pewter — mainly because I was so curious to try the paint color that so many dubbed the perfect neutral! It’s similar to the Colonnade Gray we had in there before, slightly warmer. I like it! It’s a great companion to the black back wall.
Greek Villa – SW 7551
- “Playroom” & hallway
This color was a last-minute decision. This playroom/office/den has so much beautiful natural light and I didn’t want to distract from that with a color. I wanted a warm white without yellow undertones. I had considered Greek Villa for trim, and when I realized the direction I wanted to go for the walls, I realized this might be a good choice for that as well. We left the trim as is, so this color pops as it’s a tiny darker and warmer than the white trim, which is just how I hoped it would turn out.