Some of the most often asked questions about design projects, online, are often about paint colors. Today, I’m sharing some of my fave colors and how I chose them.
You might be surprised at which one has been the all time most asked for color of the bunch!
I’m linking up with 5 other design bloggers who are sharing their favorites too, so there are lots of tried and true favorites mentioned here to help you pick the perfect paint color for your home. :-)
Perfect White - SW Alabaster
This kitchen, below, is all painted in Sherwin Williams Alabaster. That’s walls, ceiling and cabinetry.
Here’s why SW Alabaster was the perfect choice.
The whole house had warm toned beige color and the cabinetry and trim were on the yellow side. The homeowner wanted a crisp white look however, we had one big problem.
The shutters throughout the house were a warm toned white that blended with the existing trim color.
While the job included painting all the trim, etc., painting all the shutters would have been an even bigger investment.
So, while we had considered going with Sherwin Williams Extra White, that combination really pronounced the slight warm tone color of the shutters.
SW Alabaster was still a whiter look, but blended much better with the shutters, eliminating the need to paint them.
See more of the before and afters of this kitchen remodel here.
My Perfect White - SW Aesthetic White
I often use this white when I want to paint walls, ceilings, and trim one color, as it is a little muted and doesn’t scream bright white.
It doesn’t go too yellow and has more of a slight taupe gray tint that feels very neutral.
I’ve written about some other beautiful whites I’ve used on projects in this post on my favorite white paint colors.
Perfect Gray - SW Mindful Gray
I’ve often used SW Mindful Gray as a good medium gray. It doesn’t get too light or dark and definitely reads as a gray.
It was used in this kitchen on the cabinets and trim.
I’ve written about more of my favorite grays right here.
Best Blue Paint Colors
The blues are so popular these days, and there are so many good ones to choose from. I love the bolder ones that we’ve used in some of my clients’ spaces recently.
This blue mudroom bench, in Benjamin Moore, Newburyport Blue, looks great alongside its two-toned, blue and white kitchen.
Here’s another beautiful blue, used on this bathroom’s cabinetry, Sherwin Williams, Loyal Blue.
It was chosen to work with the color in this homeowner’s favorite fabric for her bedroom, Chiang Mai from Schumacher.
We used it in the bedroom and as a valance in the bathroom.
I have another project reveal coming out soon of a master bath where we painted the closet barn door in a vivid blue, BM New York State Of Mind.
There are other blues in the house, but we chose this one that was a little brighter for this space. It’s the only blue in this room with some beautiful stained oak cabinetry, so we went in with some punch on the glass paneled barn door.
Here’s my iPhone pic at the recent photoshoot.
So, want to know which color I’ve probably been asked about the most over the years?
It’s this home’s exterior. People are most curious about the yellow color on this over-100-year-old home that I worked on over 10 years ago. :-)
It’s a Benjamin Moore paint, Yosemite Yellow.
I remember when we chose it, standing out in the Texas heat in the street, looking at other houses in the neighborhood, comparing how it looked in the shade and direct sun, etc.
We didn’t want school bus yellow, banana yellow, or lemon yellow.
We were after the look of a happy house, reflecting the young, vibrant growing family living within.
I think it fits the bill, don’t you?
Now check out the faves of these other design bloggers who have some of their perfect paint picks, just for you!