Choosing interior paint colors for your home can be overwhelming. No one wants to spend the time, energy and money painting a room only to end up hating the color. Not to mention the many different color choices and paint type to choose from! You can’t just choose the color gray because there are thousands of shades of gray to choose from!
So how do you know which colors are right for your home? I spent a month deciding on paint colors for our new home so take your time deciding what’s right. It’s been 3 years since we bought and painted our home and I still love our colors.
I recommend our home’s paint colors to friends and family and those that ask for my help staging their home. Paint is the easiest way to transform a space so if you hate that red wall in your living room, then just paint it! Our last home had more tan/brown paint colors but it still sold in less than 2 days for the asking price so there’s proof that paint can make a huge difference in how your home looks and feels and is especially important when it comes time to sell your house.
How to Choose Interior Paint Colors for Your Home:
- Look through past HGTV Dream Homes – they have all of the paint colors used listed!
- Find out what your favorite home decor blogger loves (I know, I’m your favorite, haha, no really, keep reading for my home paint colors below!). Are you are a fan of Fixer Upper? I sure am and I love some of the colors that Joanna uses. It’s okay to copy your favorite designer 🙂
- Choose paint colors that are current neutral trends – especially if you plan to sell your home in the near furniture. Home buyers like a bit of color but also prefer neutrals so they don’t have to paint as soon as they move in.
- Choose paint colors that match your furniture – of course, you can always paint your furniture (see how I transformed our furniture below using paint). Also, just because you have a red sofa doesn’t mean you should paint your living room red. Think about the undertones in your furniture (blue, yellow, etc) and match the undertones so everything flows nicely.
- Choose colors that create the atmosphere you want in a home – our master bedroom is a soothing blue which creates a relaxed coastal vibe.
- Keep things simple by keeping your options small. Don’t go to the store and pick 300 color swatches – that will just make things harder! Instead, look at some of the houses that you love and research the paint colors. Visit a model home for inspiration – and take pictures of everything that inspires you!
- Make an inspiration board – this will help you see your colors and furniture together before starting a major project (keep reading for how-to).
- If you are painting your entire house (like we did when we bought our house) you will probably need to designate a color for every room in the house. To keep things simple, try designating 1 color for the main living spaces and 1-2 bedrooms. All of the colors that I picked were used in at least 2 rooms in our home so we didn’t have color overwhelm.
How To Create an Inspiration Board
Creating an inspiration board is different than a Pinterest board. I made my inspiration board by collecting my color swatches, inspirational home decor pictures and attached everything to a physical board as the reference for our home.
I was so excited to make my inspiration board that I had it on display at our house warming party. My friends laughed that I went though the trouble of making an inspiration board, but guess what? That’s what designers do!
If you’ve seen any HGTV house flipping shows, the designer always presents a visual for the home owner with the project colors, furniture ideas, etc. An inspiration board puts your ideas in one place so you can easily see how things will flow and work out.
To make an inspiration board, gather the supplies needed:
- Large cardboard box (or poster board)
- Inspirational interior home pictures
- Color samples
- Cut the largest side of the cardboard box so you have 1 large flat piece to work with (this will be your board)
- Write your home address at the top of the board and then just have fun attaching pictures and color swatches! Be sure to label which colors go in which room and any other notes.
Supplies to Paint Your Home:
I’m including the supplies that I’ve used over the years when painting the interior of our home. As long as I have these supplies on hand, I can paint a 10 x 10 space in an hour. Please note, I’m notorious for being efficient but not accurate (meaning, I can get a lot done in an hour, but I may have missed minor details, hehe). Having these items available on painting day will make the process go by faster and easier!
Our Home Colors:
Now that you have a few tips to help you choose colors for your home, I’m going to share the paint colors in our home (including painted furniture and cabinets)! I was recently asked what our home paint colors were and I realized that I never shared a post with our colors… so here it is 🙂
The kitchen did not always look like this. The cabinets were brown, the walls were dingy white among many other changes that we made. You can read more about our kitchen remodel with before and after pictures HERE.
We still plan to add molding to the soffit, add a back splash and change out the counter tops. The wall color we used in the kitchen and breakfast room is Valspar Cream in my Coffee. The cabinet color is Behr Silky White.
The Dining Room
Living Room and Family Room
The living room and family room are both Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. I would love to add bead-board to this room since it has the crown molding but that may never happen since the hubby likes it the way it is 😛
As you can see, we have brown, white and gray furniture and these paint colors work with many neutrals.
Entryway, Stairs, and Hallways
Can you tell I like plain and simple home decor? I believe less is more and support minimalism and cleanliness in our home and I really hate useless nick-knacks. The entryway is one of my favorite colors in our house – Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige. It’s not gray and it’s not brown. It’s really hard to find a nice gray that is not too silvery or resembles a dark cloud, lol!
We painted Perfect Greige in the entryway, the stairwell and the hallway leading to the kitchen. The hallway also has a double-door coat closet, the door to the basement and the half-bath.
There is not a lot of natural light in our entryway but this color still looks good because the flow from the living room into the entryway and then into the dining room works. It’s also a great neutral if you have brown, tan, white or gray furniture (we have all of those!).
One wall in our master bedroom is painted Sherwin Williams Rain. The other 3 walls are painted Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige (same color as the main living spaces). Our last house had a blue master bedroom and we wanted to keep that rustic coastal vibe. Blue is also a soothing color but I didn’t want the entire room to be blue.
This gallery wall in the master bedroom features artwork with corresponding colors to combine the Rain and Accessible Beige.
The master bathroom is painted Sherwin Williams Rain so the flow from the bedroom wall with SW Rain makes sense. Rain is a very blue color and looks great with white cabinets, furniture and burlap.
The kid’s bathroom is painted Sherwin Williams Sea Salt with board and batten that is painted Glidden Bright White. The bathroom cabinets are also painted Bright White. Be sure to check out this post for how to remodel a bathroom on a budget!
The half bath on the main floor is also painted SW Sea Salt and has a dark wood vanity so you can see SW Sea Salt is very versatile with cabinet/furniture colors. SW Sea Salt would look great in any room of the house if you are going for a coastal vibe.
Our Home Paint Colors
Here they are all together if you would like to PIN this image and start painting! Woohoo!
Our Furniture Paint Colors
I paint a lot of our furniture, including the fabric of furniture! The reason why I paint furniture is because color trends change and sometimes I get bored with the color. Instead of spending the money and buying different furniture, I try to improve what I have.
My favorite paint to use on furniture is Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. Many competitors have come out with their own version of chalk paint but I have yet to try them since I have a good supply of AS Chalk Paint.
Here are a few furniture pieces that I painted and their colors:
High-back chairs – painted with ASCP Old White
Dresser turned buffet (previously brown) – painted with ASCP Old Ochre
Futon frame – painted with ASCP Old White
Wine dresser (previously black) – painted with SW Perfect Greige
Side tables (previously brown) – painted with ASCP French Linen
Lamps (previously brown) – painted with ASCP Old Ochre
Bench (previously brown) – painted with ASCP Old White
Rocking chair – painted with Behr Fuzzy Duckling
Picking the right interior home paint colors can be frustrating but with these tips and suggestions, you can easily come up with the perfect colors for your home. For more home inspiration, be sure to Tour Our Home 🙂
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