Whole-House Paint Scheme: Stormy Skies

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Today we had some beautiful storms in central California, praise God.  We are desperately in need of water in the valley, so the storms were a blessing.  Where I come from, north-central Texas, we are no strangers to storm clouds, and I’ve always thought they were beautiful.Paint is relatively cheap, easy to apply, and makes a big impact.  The hardest thing about paint?  Picking colors!  It's hard to even know where to begin, but I know I want a subdued, neutral/natural feel, with colors that flow from room to room.  Since I don't have the house yet, I've been experimenting digitally with paint colors.  Last week I created a whole house paint scheme that was soothing and sophisticated.  I really like it, but this time I wanted to go for something just a little bolder and moodier.

As you may know, we are in the process of buying our first house.  We are finally at the point where it’s looking like a sure thing, so I’ve been in full-on dreaming and scheming mode with all the changes and updates I want to make, not the least of which is painting every wall.  I know it’s gonna be a HUGE job, but it’s just big white box right now.  A dirty, 15 year-old box.

Paint is relatively cheap, easy to apply, and makes a big impact.  The hardest thing about paint?  Picking colors!  It’s hard to even know where to begin, but I know I want a subdued, neutral/natural feel, with colors that flow from room to room.

Since I don’t have the house yet, I’ve been experimenting digitally with paint colors.  Last week I created a whole house paint scheme that was soothing and sophisticated.  I really like it, but this time I wanted to go for something just a little bolder and moodier.

If you feel the colors in this scheme are too dark, you can always ask the colorist (is that the right word for the people who mix paint?) to mix it lighter, say by 25% or 50%.  I really hope you enjoy this whole house paint scheme!
Paint is relatively cheap, easy to apply, and makes a big impact.  The hardest thing about paint?  Picking colors!  It's hard to even know where to begin, but I know I want a subdued, neutral/natural feel, with colors that flow from room to room.  Since I don't have the house yet, I've been experimenting digitally with paint colors.  Last week I created a whole house paint scheme that was soothing and sophisticated.  I really like it, but this time I wanted to go for something just a little bolder and moodier.

Here’s the house and floor plan I chose to test out my paint scheme.  Creating a paint scheme floor plan allows you to get an idea of how the colors look next to each other.  If you don’t like the way they look on the floor plan, chances are you won’t on the walls.  Doesn’t mean you couldn’t test them on the walls anyway, but I think creating the paint scheme floor plan is a great first step to take, even before going out to buy paint samples,which can cost you anywhere from 3-5$ per sample.original

 

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Paint is relatively cheap, easy to apply, and makes a big impact.  The hardest thing about paint?  Picking colors!  It's hard to even know where to begin, but I know I want a subdued, neutral/natural feel, with colors that flow from room to room.  Since I don't have the house yet, I've been experimenting digitally with paint colors.  Last week I created a whole house paint scheme that was soothing and sophisticated.  I really like it, but this time I wanted to go for something just a little bolder and moodier.

Here’s the breakdown!

Color: Sherwin Williams Argos

Suggested Use: Foyer & Mudroom

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Color: Sherwin Williams Serious Gray

Suggested Use: Dining Room & Main Bath

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Color: Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray

Suggested Use: Living Room

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Color: Sherwin Williams Silver Strand

Suggested Use: Kitchen & Breakfast Room

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Color: Sherwin Williams Unusual Gray

Suggested Use: Laundry Room & Master Bath

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Color: Sherwin Williams Slate Tile

Suggested Use: Office & Powder Room

Color: Sherwin Williams Olympus White

Suggested Use: Guest Bedroom & Powder Room

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Color: Sherwin Williams Functional Gray

Suggested Use: Master Bedroom

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Color: Sherwin Williams Requisite Gray

Suggested Use: Kids’ Room

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Color: Sherwin Williams Extra White

Suggested Use: Trim & Cabinets

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Color: Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black

Suggested Use: Accents and Accessories

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What do you think about this color scheme?  I hope it gave you some ideas for colors for your home.   Should I share a tutorial on creating a paint scheme floor plan with your own colors?  Let me know what you think!

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  1. Patty S. says

    I love your color scheme. It is so relaxing. I am using a soft grey to paint one wall in my apt. living room.
    As far as the storms go, I am also from Texas. I was raised and lived most of my life in the Austin area. Now I am in the Pacific Northwest, and miss all the thunderstorms. We get plenty of rain, but without the noise behind it.

    God Bless,
    Patty

    • says

      I know Patty! What is rain without a little thunder and lightning? But at least you get rain up there! I think it rains about 4 times a year here!

      • Michelle says

        Hi……..I love the color scheme so much I have decided to use it on the second floor of our house. Could you tell me what color you used on the ceilings please.

        Thank you,

        Michelle

  2. Jacquie says

    Love the grey color scheme! I once rented in a townhouse done in very similar shades…very soothing and comfortable to come home to. I would be very interested in watching a tutorial on how to create a whole house color scheme. I have been considering an English cottage style in pale shades of sage green, peach, and ivory. I have seen a lot of lovely shabby chic and cottage style done with white and pink but that somehow doesn’t feel warm enough for my taste. Good Luck with the lovely new house it’s beautiful.

    • says

      Hi Jacquie thanks for your comments! I was thinking the greys would be soothing too. I am working on a tutorial for creating a color scheme so stay tuned! I love the idea of sage, peach and ivory – very classic cottage! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. mandy says

    These are so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your time and talents!
    I’m afraid I have no idea on how colors work together; it all such a mystery, so it’s great to find some real help out there!
    ;D

  4. Stefanie says

    Did you go with one type of finish for everything? What did you choose? Flat, matte, or satin/eggshell?

    • says

      Hi Stefanie! The pros suggest eggshell for walls usually as its easy to clean. I haven’t painted any walls yet but I’m definitely going to test out some flat paint as well as it doesn’t show imperfections on the wall as easily.

  5. Susie says

    Love these colors!!!! We moved into a home that has different colors basically in every room. A soft blue grey in dining room and kitchen but then the family room is a soft yellow. Bathrooms are green……. I am trying to figure out a color for my MB but am all confused now. When painting a house is the rule of thumb to stick w complimenting colors or in the same color family? The Mbathroom is a green so do I repaint that if I’m wanting to do a grey family in MB?
    Love your style too!!!
    Susie

    • says

      Hi Susie ! Thanks for your comment. I tend to prefer similar colors from the same family, or at least muted tones of different colors, otherwise it ends up looking like a patchwork quilt :) If your master bath is a muted green it should be fine to leave if you are repainting the MB gray. It really just depends on what you like.. I would paint the MB first and then decide if you want to change the bath color. Hope this helps!

  6. Brenda says

    Help me I’m stuck. Dining room is elephant skin paint by Behr, trim and curtains white. I want to chalk paint a buffet but I can’t decide what colour. Red was first thought then I waffled/should I go black. Please give me your recommendations. Thanks

    • says

      Hi! If you have other red in your decor I’m sure that would look great with the grey walls and white trim. Plus of the buffet has good lines, painting it red will make a real statement! I bought a buffet recent and I have a similar color scheme and I am going to paint it deep grey, almost black. But a buffet is a great way to play with color so go with your gut. If you hate it you can always repaint!

  7. Sue says

    Help!! We are building a house & am looking for a light to medium grey with a HINT of a blue undertone (I do not want blue). Our house will be south facing, however, we don’t have many windows. I want to paint the main part of our house (entrance, living room, dining room, kitchen, hallways & stairs) all the same color.

    I will be painting our master bedroom slightly darker than the main house color & our 2 piece guest bathroom an even darker version of the main house color. Our en-suite will be painted a lighter shade of the main house color. The laundry room & upstairs bedrooms & bathroom will probably be the same color as my en-suite (my husband wants me to keep the number of colors to 3 or 4 in total, to help keep the costs of painting down). So, once I have my main house color, I will be able to figure out the rest of the house.

    FYI – The flooring in the main part of the house will be a medium/dark hand scraped wide plank hardwood. The cabinetry in the kitchen & bathrooms will be white shaker. White subway tiles for the kitchen back-splash & honed marble like porcelain floor & wall tiles in the en-suite.

    I hope you are still awake…LOL!!
    Thanks for your help!!
    Sue:)

  8. Melanie says

    Hi! I had my foyer and hall and upstairs hallway painted Argos today – and it’s looking really blue to me- like baby boy nursery blue. My foyer is easy facing and tonight with the lights on, it really looks blue. Do you have any experience with this color? I chose SW Mineral Deposit for my Morning room- opposite side of the house but you can see it’s all open, and now I’m stuck because I’m
    afraid Mineral Deposit will do the same..look blue! Room off of foyer will be BM River Reflections, Kitchen BM Gray Owl, family room SW Collonade Gray, office BM Hale Navy, powder room SW Sea Salt…my house is basically one big open space with a stair way in the middle – you can see basically anywhere from one spot pretty much. advice would be appreciated!! Thanks so much! xo

    • says

      Hi Melanie! It sounds beautiful! I haven’t used that color in my own gone before but I know it’s definitely a bluish grey. I always recommend painting a swatch on your wall first, about 4×4 feet, to make sure you like the color on your home/room. Existing colors on other nearby walls can affect the way we see colors just as much as lighting and time of day. I would live with it for a few days and if it still feels too blue, make sure you choose another color with different undertones like black or brown. If you look as the darkest color on a paint swatch, you can more easily see what the undertones are. Hope this helps and best of luck!

      Shelly

  9. Shannon says

    I love the grey color scheme. My boyfriend and I just recently bought a new home and we were only allowed to pick two colors for the entire house! So I picked a light grey for every room and the dining and living room has a white chair rail and dark grey paint below it. I am going to have to do the rest of the painting myself and this plan is such a HUGE help because I was lost as to what colors to pair with the first two colors that I had chosen. We went with antique white cabinets in the kitchen and powder rooms and it works great. Picking out all of the materials as the house was built was definitely a great learning experience! Lol. I have much more appreciation for interior designers now. I would love to see more color schemes as you make them up. Thanks again Shelly!

    Shannon Hickerson

  10. Theresa says

    Thanks for sharing this has been very helpful! I am looking to paint my living room. I have brown fabric furniture with light and dark accents. Would you know of a good greige color that might work? I also have honey oak cabinets in my kitchen. Any thoughts as to what color would look nice. I have an open concept and I need colours that flow together. I would appreciate any ideas very much!

    • says

      Hi there! we really love the color Mindful Grey from Sherwin williams that we used in our bedroom. We have dark wood furniture and it contrasts very nicely, so it would likely work well with brown furniture. I would definitely use a warmer grey/greige color in the kitchen – honey cabinets are VERY warm and you don’t want a cool grey that won’t blend with the warmth of the cabinets. I would swatch mindful grey as well as requisite grey, both from sherwin williams