Whole House Paint Colors

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

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?

Cathy Green Interiors monogram

Window Treatments & Wall Colors ~ Client Reveal

Back in August, I received an email from Hanna: “Hi Cathy…My family and I recently moved to Glen Allen from Connecticut and I could use some design/decorating help with making our new house feel like home.”

Over the next few months, Hanna and I met several times to help her vision come to life.  Hanna has a good design eye, but wanted help pulling everything together in their new home.  She had already visited a few fabric stores and was willing to have fun with color choices.  Her main goals were to choose paint colors for the majority of the house and to add window treatments to the downstairs rooms.

We started in the Living Room and Dining Room.

dining room window treatments detailHanna found the brown floral silk and the tan silk at Williams & Sherrill.  With the expertise of Christine from Iron Gate Interiors, we designed complimentary window treatments for the adjoining rooms.

Dining Room

dining room window treatments

Living Room

living room window treatments

living room window treatments

As I mentioned before, Hanna was willing to have fun with color.  To complement the fabric, we chose three shades of blue to use on the walls.

All Benjamin Moore:

living and dining paint colors

Painting the tray ceiling in the Dining Room the lightest shade of blue gives the room added interest without being overbearing.  Here is an angle where you can see all three colors (dining room on the right, living room on the left):

dining room ceiling

The kitchen contains an eat-in area and also opens up into the family room.  For paint colors and window treatments, we were working with the existing granite in the kitchen and their current sofa.

In order to coordinate with all of the pieces in both rooms, we choose Benjamin Moore Gray Mirage 2142-50 – a nice blend of gray and beige with a hint of green.

BM Gray Mirage

Again, we enlisted Christine’s help and decided on neutral linen pleated window panels with a contrasting trim.  We repeated the same fabric and trim on all three windows in the space in order to keep the two rooms feeling connected.

Family room

family room window treatments

Kitchen & eat-in area (Notice the cute idea for hanging Christmas balls!)

kitchen bay window

bay window panelsFor the window over the kitchen sink, we decided to go with a Relaxed Roman Shade.

kitchen sink window

The red and green in the trim helped tie in the couch to the rest of the space.

kitchen sink window detailTrim detail:

green & red trim

I also helped Hanna and Peter choose a few other paint colors.  For their foyer, stairway, and upstairs hallway: Benjamin Moore Brandon Beige 977.  Brandon Beige is one of my favorite neutrals right now – sometimes it reads gray, sometimes it reads as a rich beige, and sometimes it picks up a hint of green.  It all depends on the light and the time of day!

BM Brandon Beige 977

In the downstairs bathroom we repeated the Rendezvous Bay 726.

BM Rendezvous Bay

For their Master Bedroom, we chose (Benjamin Moore):

master bedroom colors

And in the Master Bathroom (Benjamin Moore):

BM Prescott Green

I really enjoyed working with Hanna and Peter.  They were delightful and friendly, and helping them feel welcome in Richmond was truly a pleasure.

A big thank you to Hanna and Peter for giving me the opportunity to work with them, and for allowing me to share their pictures with you!

º Would any of these paint colors work in your house?

Cathy Green Interiors monogram

Color Trend ~ Gray

Gray has been a popular color for interior spaces for a little while now. What I have noticed recently though, is a new batch of colors that are being paired with gray.

colors to pair with gray

Soft, ‘sherbet-like’ colors and gray are a popular combination right now both for interiors and in fashion.

gray mint green & yellow dress


Gray & Mint Green

For years, the popular greens have had a lot of yellow in them.  This year though, mint green has hit the scene in a big way.  It is crisp and cool, and paired with gray it feels fresh and modern.

gray and mint green dining room


gray and mint green living room


gray and mint green bedroom


A few ways to use mint green in a room:

-          Paint a piece of furniture -          Use it as the accent color for a stencil -          Upholster one or two pieces of furniture in a solid fabric or a fun pattern

Mint greens to try:

gray and mint green paint colors

Gray & Coral

Coral is a fun color and can have pink undertones or orange undertones.  It is a softer alternative to Pantone’s 2012 color of the year ‘Tangerine Tango’.  Paired with gray, coral really pops and adds a sense of vibrancy to the room.

gray and coral living room




gray and coral nursery


A few ways to use coral in a room:

-Accent pillows, artwork, and an area rug -As an alternative to pink for a baby girl’s nursery -Fun window treatments

Corals to try:

gray and coral paint colors

Gray & Yellow

The combination of gray and yellow has been popular for a while, but it is still current and I do not see it fading away any time soon.  Adding yellow to any room instantly makes it feel brighter and happier.  It can be overpowering, however, so pairing it with gray is a good way to balance yellow’s intensity.

gray and yellow eat in kitchen


gray and yellow dining room


gray and yellow bookcase


A few ways to use yellow in a room:

-Paint the back of a bookshelf -Paint your kitchen walls yellow -Upholster dining room chairs or seat cushions in a fun gray and yellow fabric

Yellows to try:

gray and yellow paint colors

Gray & Purple

In my opinion, purple looks great with anything ;)!  Try pairing different shades of purple with gray – light lavenders will blend with gray, while deep, rich purples will really stand out and make a statement.

gray and purple dining room


gray and purple hallway


gray and purple living room


This is probably one of my favorite rooms that I’ve seen recently!  I think it was made for me ;): a lavender chaise and lamp, a grey chevron rug, and turquoise chair!  So soft and feminine, yet comfortable and livable ~ I love it!

A few ways to use purple in your home:

-Paint your front door purple – a grey house with black shutters, white trim, and a purple door = wow! -Paint a ceiling purple -Upholster a headboard in a soft, purple velvet

Purples to try:

gray and purple paint colors

Gray is a modern neutral that pairs well with so many colors.  Beiges and tans can still feel fresh, but if you are ready for a change, go with gray.

A few grays to try:

gray paint colors

º What color do you like to pair with gray?

Cathy Green Interiors monogram