I realized last week that I have never shared all of my home paint colors all in one post. I have always shared my colors as we have revamped a room but I never pulled everything together into one complete palette. I always talk about how having an “undertone” color strategy in your home can help make choosing paint colors so much easier . I think by sharing my palette, I can better show why/how this little method works.
Over the last few years, I have slowly transitioned my home into a neutral-transitional palette. My home colors were originally very bold warm-toned yellows, golds and red tones and I wanted to calm down the whole home. I was also really limited in working in trendy and fun new colors in fabrics and accessories because all of my walls were so loud and bold with dominate undertones. My strategy was to neutralize my wall colors throughout our home over time, so I could have fun with accessories, art and fabrics.
Of course, I couldn’t paint every room in my home overnight, so I came up with this strategy and long-range plan to slowly transition over time. I chose neutral-transitional colors, so that the new cooler colors would still blend with old gold tone colors while I was transitioning my home. Neutral -transitional colors are colors with a balanced mix of both warm and cool undertones, so they’ll work with more undertones and colors. The neutral part is the gray undertone.
I began by choosing the color I would use the most in my home; Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams:
If you look closely at Repose Gray above, you can see that it is a light gray with just the right hint of warmth and cool. It is stunning on the wall and it works in a variety of lighting situations. Here is shot of my craft room/family room with great natural light for you to really see the color:
I used Repose Gray on the wall in my main areas throughout my home. For my built-in cabinets throughout my home, I went one shade darker on the card, which is Mindful Gray from Sherwin Williams:
I used Mindful Gray on all my built ins in my office/craft room:
the built ins in my mudroom:
I also used Mindful Gray on all my built ins in my living room:
Mindful Gray looks so pretty on trim, doors and built ins and the best part about it is because it’s a neutral transitional, colors just pop next to it.
Once I picked out my main staple color (Repose Gray), choosing the rest of my colors throughout my home over the years, were easy because the warm gray in Repose was how I would choose the undertone of a color. So for instance, when it was time to choose whites in my home (the hardest color to choose), I went right to Simply White and Extra White (Sherwin Williams) because they are whites with a hint of my staple color (Repose Gray), warm gray.
I used Simply White in my daughter’s bedroom:
For my daughter’s bathroom, I choose a light neutral blue that had just a slight warm gray undertone like my staple color:
For my dining room, I wanted an almost white color with just a very slight touch of warm gray like my staple color and I went right to Balboa Mist:
For our Master Bedroom, I used a 50/50 mix of Behr Rhino and Stone Fence. I picked by choosing blues that were on the edge of warm gray:
For my kitchen, I also used Balboa Mist by Sherwin Williams:
We are still have a lot of transitioning to do but I will not stray from this palette because it has worked like a charm for us. Next, my my plan is to incorporate Indigo Batik into our guest bedroom by painting it on one wall. I use indigo throughout my home in accessories and art and it works in my home better than a traditional dark navy because indigo has a warm gray undertone and works with all of my warm grays. Here is Indigo Batik in Sherwin Williams:
The great part about this neutral-transitional strategy is I can now add or switch out whatever color I want in fabrics, accessories and art and it always works. If I want to paint a room a bold color, I will choose a bold with a warm gray undertone.
As you can see, you don’t have to change your colors over night by having a undertone strategy. Choosing an undertone is the toughest part about choosing colors and if you pick it once, your done and you always know what undertone to choose in your next color.
If you’re looking for more help with how to specifically choose colors, I have a little method that I use to help you zone in on your perfect color here.
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