In this post: One of the things I’m most often asked about is wall color ideas. Here are the soft and pretty paint colors I’ve chosen for our home.
This is a post I was really not planning to write until our home was complete and all the rooms revealed, but I’ve been receiving many questions on the topic of wall color ideas and so I decided to take some time to share with you the soft and pretty paint colors we’ve used in our home thus far.
Wall Color Ideas
I took a lot of time selecting my paint colors, gathering swatches of much of what’s available out there, but ultimately, I’m quite decisive when it comes to color and I’d say I’m very happy with everything I opted for. I think of my house as very white, but in truth it’s not white at all and nearly all the walls bear some color, albeit pale and wispy. I lean toward warm tones and I use them as neutrals, but for me a pale banana yellow is infinitely more interesting than beige or tan so you’ll see a lot of that among my wall color ideas.
The underpinning of paint is an essential mood maker, setting the tone for what’s layered on top. As an eternal optimist I always surround myself with happy colors as I like to be enveloped in warmth. One particularly notable side point is that nearly every wall in our home was painted in a deep dark color before we moved in, so the transition to light and airy made the house look very different. Utilizing paint for this purpose is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to transform a home.
The Main Floor
Study – Mannequin Cream 2152-60
Much of our first floor is divided between two different pale yellows. The one you see below in our family room is also used in our study above. The color is Benjamin Moore Mannequin Cream 2152-60, a barely-there yellow that at times reads like cream but offers a little bit more in warmth and color than a straight cream would. It’s also used in our back entry foyer which you can see below, as well.
Family Room – Mannequin Cream 2152-60
Back Entry Foyer – Mannequin Cream 2152-60
The other yellow that’s used somewhat liberally is Benjamin Moore Mushroom Cap 177. While soft and lovely, it’s more of a true yellow than the lighter one, clean and clear, but lacking any harshness. It has notes of red in it, as I lean to the warmer side of the color wheel, and you can see it used below in our living room, as well as below in the entry foyer, the back hall and the stairway to the second floor. It shows up again in our upstairs hallway adding a cohesive look to the entire home.
Living Room – Mushroom Cap 177
Entry Foyer – Mushroom Cap 177
Back Hall – Mushroom Cap 177
Stairway – Mushroom Cap 177
The two rooms on the first floor utilizing very different wall color ideas are not yellow at all and can be seen below. In both cases the selection of alternate colors was very intentional. The first is the breakfast room (as well as the kitchen), which can be seen from the family room. This is the one place I decided to go with an essentially colorless shade. In thinking ahead, I knew I would be renovating my kitchen to a predominately white room, and I painted the walls a warm greige with that in mind. The color is Benjamin Moore Tapestry Beige OC-32, which is also used in our master bath, another room that is destined for an upcoming ‘whitening’ renovation. The renovated kitchen is pictured below, as well.
Breakfast Room – Tapestry Beige OC-32
Kitchen – Tapestry Beige OC-32
In the dining room, I knew I wanted a rosy glow, so my choice was a blush color called Bridal Pink 2013-70, also from Benjamin Moore. The paint has just the right hint of barely-there pink while offering the warm glow I was hoping for (unlike in my old house where the color I used was a little too pink).
Dining Room – Bridal Pink 2013-70
The last space we’ll look at on the first floor is the recently completed butler’s pantry, in which I chose China White PM-20 to complement the cream colored cabinetry in White Dove.
Butler’s Pantry – China White PM-20
There are several rooms upstairs where I’ve used a wider arrays of colors in the individual bedrooms. The master bedroom below is where you can see one of my favorite paint colors, Benjamin Moore Wales Green 2028-50. This lovely green is springy and beautiful, a delightful color to wake up to.
Master Bedroom – Wales Green 2028-50
For the rest of my wall color ideas, you can peek at the other bedrooms, below. One of our guest rooms is the room that serves as my son’s room when he visits. Here we’ve used Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream OC-96, a color that reads to me as a warm khaki more than cream, but ever-so-subtly without a touch of heaviness. The french blue bedroom is our true guest room where I’ve chosen Benjamin Moore Sweet Bluette 813 to give the space a real cottage feel. And finally the one room that wears a more modern darker shade is the grey bedroom, the room we use for my daughter when she visits. Here I’ve used Benjamin Moore Winter Gates AC-30. All are pictured below.
Khaki Bedroom – Gentle Cream OC-96
Blue Bedroom – Sweet Bluette 813
Grey Bedroom – Winter Gates AC-30
For a more in depth look at each of the rooms, you can click on the included links which will take you to the posts where they were revealed more fully. As we complete more of our home, including the bathrooms and the lower level, I will update this post to include those, as well.
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