Looking for a neutral color scheme for your whole house?
Painting the rooms in your house is such a quick, easy way to make your whole home feel fresh, clean and welcoming, but choosing a color can be a headache. Who hasn’t brought home paint sample after paint swatch looking for just the perfect color?
The first time I owned a home and had to choose paint colors, I was really nervous. What is I chose the wrong color and had to repaint the entire room? I really didn’t want do that, so I started researching the most popular colors. I figured that everyone couldn’t be wrong about what colors looked best in a room.
My research brought me to Agreeable Gray. It is hugely popular, and has been for years now. It set the canvas for my house, and all of the other colors I painted the house flowed from it.
If you are nervous about painting your house the wrong color, or worried that that the colors you choose won’t look right, check out these amazing colors that are sure to look perfect in any home!
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Oh, and if you’re still not ready to graffiti up your wall by trying various paint colors on it (because, who knows when you’ll get around to actually painting)…
You have got to check out this product! Samplize sells, for a very reasonable price, stick on paint samples made from real paint, in all of the most popular colors. These 12×12 squares will show you exactly how the color will look on your wall, and you never even have to clean a paint brush! They cost less than the price of a sample jar of paint (which you can’t actually use on your wall anyways because it isn’t “real” paint), and right now, you can get $5 off your first order – that’s almost like getting one paint square for free!
Now, let’s check out the colors!
This foolproof whole house color scheme is sure to make choosing a paint color go smoothly for you. These colors go well in any house, regardless of your particular style!
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray
This is the perfect go to color for painting a living room, dining room, or hallway, but it can really be used anywhere in the house. Agreeable Gray is a greige, which means it is a mix of gray and beige. With a lot of gray in it and just a touch of beige, Agreeable Gray is perfect in rooms that have gray or brown undertones. This color reminds me of an art gallery wall. It is soothing and does not make much of a statement on its own, leaving the furniture and accessories to really stand out.
Recently, I painted my bedroom in this color. Check out the difference a little bit of paint can make – it’s amazing!
Agreeable Gray is the perfect foundation for your whole house color scheme. Because it is a greige, it has many coordinating colors that go well with it. My favorite coordinating colors for Agreeable Gray are Sea Salt, Steamed Milk, and Mega Greige. Each one has similar undertones to Agreeable Gray, making the transitions between rooms very understated. Choosing coordinating colors is essential to a well planned whole house color scheme!
Pick up your Samplize square of Agreeable Gray here.
If you like Agreeable Gray, but want something with a little less beige in it, check out Colonnade Gray. While it is only slightly darker than Agreeable Gray, it doesn’t have as much brown in it, and looks great in any room.
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
This dreamy blue/green is my favorite color for a bathroom or even a kitchen. Sea Salt is still considered to be a “neutral,” even though it has a little more pop to it. It can look more green or blue depending on your lighting, and coordinates perfectly with the other colors listed. It is also one of Sherwin William’s most popular colors, so you know that it has a wide appeal.
Sea Salt is a great color for a coastal paint scheme as well. If you’re looking for a relaxing, beach inspired feel, check out the top colors for coastal style homes as selected by the experts at Sherwin Williams.
Pick up your Samplize square of Sea Salt here.
If you like Sea Salt, but want something with a little more depth, Comfort Gray is gorgeous. While Sea Salt is a neutral, Comfort Gray has always appeared more of a color to me when it is on a wall. It looks absolutely amazing in a bedroom with dark wood furniture and wide white trim.
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk
Steamed Milk is my unsung hero. Whoever thought that a creamy white could be so beautiful? Steamed Milk is my favorite color for a room that does not have a lot of natural light coming in. In a sunny room, it comes across as not particularly interesting. But in a dark room, it is pure heaven. It stands out against white or wood trim, and it makes the whole room feel warm and inviting.
I painted my super high staircase walls with Steamed Milk using an extension pole. Since I had never used one before, I chose this color because it was light enough that it wouldn’t be noticeable if I hit the ceiling with the paint. Thankfully, I didn’t get paint on the ceiling. This tool made painting that tall wall really easy!
It is also a great color to go with oak cabinets, and was just highlighted in my post on best wall colors to go with honey oak cabinets.
You can get a Samplize square of Steamed Milk here.
Sherwin Williams Mega Greige
This beige-brown is a great color for a room that you want to have a little more impact, such as an entryway. Like Agreeable Gray, it has the perfect combination of gray and brown, making it very versatile.
Be warned though, this color is much darker than the others discussed, and you may want to grab a sample of it before you paint your whole room in it. That being said, it easily coordinates with the other colors and really rounds out the list.
Mega Greige Samplize squares are found here.
Sherwin Williams Pure White
If you want to paint your trim, Pure White is a great color to choose. As the name implies, it is a white-white, not a beige or yellow white. I’ve also heard it referred to as a clean white.
If you are nervous about painting your trim, check out my DIY trim painting guide for some tips and tricks! It is actually a lot easier than you’d expect!
A Note About Choosing the Type of Paint Finish
This is as critical as picking the right color!
If you’re not sure what sheen of paint to check, look at this guide to paint finishes. It’ll tell you everything you need to know about different sheens of paint.
So there you have it, my foolproof whole house color scheme.
Make sure to read through how to paint a room – a DIY tutorial that will teach you how to paint your room the easy way!
Wondering what paint to use?
Check out my review of SuperPaint, by Sherwin Williams. It is a great paint for your walls – easy to use and amazing coverage.