One of the most commonly asked questions on social media and here on the blog are about my paint colors, so I thought I would share them all in one post! That’ll make it easy for me to refer people to one source, especially because some of the colors are custom-mixed. I’ll also take this opportunity to talk about what it means to have a color mixed at 50% and why I like utilizing that option.
All of the colors are Benjamin Moore unless noted.
For the walls, the type of paint I used is Aura in a matte finish. For cabinets and trim, I used Advanced in Satin.
Let’s start with the color I’m asked about most – Stonington Gray! I have typed that response so many times that my phone auto-fills the words for me! It is definitely a blue/gray, but the color is a bit of a chameleon. It can look more gray, more blue, or more greenish-blue depending on the light and also what it’s next to.
I’ve used this color in the master bedroom, living room, and boy’s bathroom in this house. It is just a perfect color for all of the blues I own and it works beautifully in the light of this house. It feels almost like a neutral.
In the foyer, halls, kitchen, half bath, and my office, I used Stonington Gray mixed at 50%. Here’s what that means… When you pick a swatch out of the paint deck, that swatch matches a formula of pigments that are mixed into a base. When you ask for that color to be mixed at a different percentage like 50%, then only 50% of the pigments are added to the base. The ratios of the pigments are the same, so the color is the same, but it’s lighter. It’s as if you mixed the color with a pure white.
There are a few ways this customizing trick can be useful. When trying to select a pale color, it can be very difficult to see the true undertones of the color on a small paint chip. If you select a mid-tone color and have it mixed at 10%, 25%, or 50%, you know what the undertones will be, because you started with a color that was easier to judge.
This is also helpful when you want rooms to flow into each other, but you don’t want every room to be painted the exact same color. Try using different strengths of the same color, as I did, to bring unity and variation.
Here’s how that lighter mix looks in those spaces…
The green used on the laundry room cabinets (those are laminate, by the way), kitchen island, and butler’s pantry is also a custom color, mixed to match Boxwood from my Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint line. Here is the formula for that…
I absolutely love the pop of green against my blue and white. It’s the grass to my blue and white sky.
The dining room mural is painted in various shades of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint – Boxwood, Mora, Shutter Gray, Curio, Layla’s Mint, Kitchen Scale, Farmhouse White, and Linen. The base color is Pearly White by Sherwin Williams.
The studio is actually painted in three different whites! The floor is a pure white, straight out of the can, the walls and closet are a creamy warm Simply White, and the ceiling is a bluish-white – Patriotic White.
With the exception of the studio, all of our interior doors are painted in Coventry Gray. It’s slightly darker and grayer than Stongintong Gray, so it provides some nice interest without being too much of a contrast. (And it’s a lot more forgiving than white doors!)
And, I also get a lot of questions about our front door. I selected a soft green because our siding is beige with red undertones. Since red and green are complementary colors, I thought the green would play nicely off of the siding.
The green I selected is Card Room Green by Farrow & Ball and it really is a lovely color.
I’ll have to do a part two to this post as I paint more rooms! There is still the boy’s rooms, the master bath, basement bathroom, and the basement family room!
In a separated post, I’ll also share fabrics and other resources for the selections I’ve made in this house. You can find details on our old PA house HERE.