This week’s question and answer session is in regards to the most frequent question I receive… “What color of paint is that on your walls?” So, naturally, I figured writing a blog post highlighting my paint colors would serve a good purpose.
Let’s start in the heart of this home, which is our kitchen. It isn’t anything grand, and yet it’s where everyone gathers. After I chose to brighten everything up a few years back, I have been plum tickled with the results.
Aloof Gray – Sherwin Williams
Light, bright, and airy with a hint of gray. This color satisfies my desire for all things white without giving in completely 😉
The laundry room/pantry is right off our kitchen, so I decided to choose the same color, Aloof Gray. It used to be a dark turquoise, but the lighter color has opened this space up immensely.
Unfortunately this next color can be a bit of a stinker depending on what kind of lighting you have in your home. I don’t have as many windows in the living room as I’d like, and the ones I do have face North and South. I wanted a medium gray, and have actually had this color around for many years and still have no desire to change it. It’s a little tricky, because in my house it appears more gray, but in others it may appear taupe. As far as tones go, it’s on the warmer side, so you’ll notice the pink undertones rather than blue/green when the sun hits it just right.
Mink – Sherwin Williams
This was shot in mid afternoon, and the sun was bright streaming from the kitchen.
This next photo shows a more true color reference.
Here’s yet another shot from last winter showing a closer view of the medium shade it truly is.
Definitely the second most popular paint color question is in our office. A good friend of mine used this color, and it was love at first sight! The perfect mixture of blue and gray. It offers a soothing atmosphere in a space where stressful moments are many 😉
Quietude – Sherwin Williams
I can’t say this room is going to remain the same for long, but I have always loved this color. Pottery Barn swooned me with it’s use of porcelain blue many years ago. I swooped up their curtains, duvet and sham set, and even a quilt all in this color. My MIL first discovered this paint color over a decade ago when building their new home, and it matched the porcelain blue in Pottery Barn almost exactly!
Tradewind – Sherwin Williams
I didn’t choose the same color as the bedroom, because I already knew the bedroom would be changing at some point and I wanted a contrast anyway. I chose the same color that is in both hallways.
Essential Gray – Sherwin Williams
Here you can see how the color looks against bright lights and off in the shadow. It’s definitely a favorite of mine when choosing a neutral base. The photo below shows more of it’s true color.
Older Girl’s Bedrooms
When you find something you love, stick with it right?! I loved the new brightness in our kitchen so much, I also chose Aloof Gray for their rooms as well.
As you can tell, I am a big fan of Sherwin Williams. I have a good friend who paints for a living, and I trust his judgement when it comes to paint sources. He has used Sherwin Williams exclusively for years, and has made a true fan out of me. I guess it goes to show how much influence those we know and trust truly have.
I hope this post was helpful, and becomes a useful resource for you. If I can answer any questions, or provide any other examples of these paint colors, be sure to let me know!
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Author and Photos – Martha Knake
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