A young couple that recently moved to Richmond from Charleston, SC contacted me to help them in their home. They wanted to start by selecting new paint colors for each room to give the house a fresh start and to make it feel more like them. They knew they wanted blues and grays throughout the house, but they did not have a lot of furnishings and rugs that were dictating specific colors, so we had a lot of choices to select from. Here is what we decided:
Gray and Blue Whole House Paint Colors
(SW = Sherwin Williams BM = Benjamin Moore)
SW Sleepy Blue 6225 ~ We started in the living room. One of two rugs they did bring with them is going in the living room. We used that as our starting point, and pulled this blue to coordinate with the rug.
SW Mindful Gray 7016 & SW Mountain Air 6224 ~ The living room opens to the dining room, so we chose two colors that complement the Sleepy Blue. Mindful Gray is for the walls and Mountain Air for the ceiling.
BM Quiet Moments 1563 ~ Off of the dining room is a sunroom that leads out to the back yard. Quiet Moments is a nice soft blue, green, gray that changes colors with different amounts of sunlight, but looks great at any time of day. The kitchen also connects to the dining room, so we decided to repeat Quiet Moments in there.
SW Snowbound 7004 & SW Online 7072 ~ They have a sunken den with a fireplace that does not get a lot of natural light. The room is a blank slate right now, and they wanted to keep it as light as possible. We chose Snowbound for the walls, and Online as an accent on the backs of bookcases and on the brick fireplace that was already painted.
BM Brittany Blue 1633 ~ We selected Brittany Blue for the first floor powder room.
SW Passive 7064 ~ For the downstairs hallway, stairway, and upstairs hallway, Passive was the perfect gray to tie the two floors together.
BM Beach Glass 1564 ~ They wanted the master bedroom to feel calm and cozy. Beach Glass is the darker version of Quiet Moments, and is one of my favorite paint colors. It, too, can look blue, green, or gray depending on the time of day, and is perfect for a bedroom.
SW Mountain Air 6224 ~ We repeated Mountain Air (from the dining room ceiling) upstairs in the master bathroom and hall bathroom.
SW Nebulous White 7063 ~ For a guest bedroom that right now is a blank slate, we stuck with a white to give the room a fresh feel. Accessories, window treatments, and bedding will eventually be added to give the room color and personality.
BM Misty Memories 2118-60 ~ Misty Memories is a gray with a purple undertone to it. When they told me they wanted gray for their daughter's nursery, and they already had purple and yellow bedding, I knew this was the color.
SW Snowbound 7004 ~ We repeated Snowbound (den) on all of the ceilings (except the dining room) and on all of the trim.
BM Dream I Can Fly 769 ~ Where did we use Dream I Can Fly? On the front door, for a fun pop of color, and welcoming entrance to the house!
So, there you have it - a whole house paint color scheme. Why did I specify so many different shades of blue and gray? Every room has different lighting and different fixed elements (rugs, existing furniture, countertops, cabinets) to take into consideration. Finding the perfect wall color is a balancing act of all of the pieces in the room.
A huge thank you to the wonderful team at Barden's Decorating for completing all of the prep and painting on this project! Selecting the colors was only the first step, executing the plan with talented painters is just as important.
ο Have you used any of these paint colors in your home?