A Neutral Whole House Color Scheme with Agreeable Gray

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 if 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 by the way…

Not sure if a paint color will work in your home? 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

Agreeable Gray - Sherwin Williams House Color Scheme

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

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.

Colonnade Gray - a whole house paint scheme in neutrals

Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

Sea Salt - Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray Coordinating Color

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.

Find out more about the color Sea Salt by checking out this post!

Sea Salt in Bathroom

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.

Comfort Gray - Perfect Neutrals

Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk

Steamed Milk - Coordinating Color for Agreeable Gray

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!

SW Steamed Milk

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

Mega Greige - Coordinating Color for Agreeable Gray

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.

Mega Greige

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.

These colors are among the top 50 best selling paint colors from Sherwin Williams. Click here for the whole list of top paint colors.

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.

Hopefully, these colors will inspire you to update your home! Let me know what you think!

Related: 20 easy DIYs Update Your Home

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  1. Hi Lauren, I’m looking to update my home and apparently Agreeable Gray is the most popular color. I got a sample of it and painted my entryway and hallway, (which now are a very very light tannish color), and now both areas seem so dark to me. Probably because there’s very little natural light in the entryway and none in the hallway.

    Do you have any suggestions as to what to do? I like the Agreeable Gray because it’s a “greige” type color and would go with the house. I love the Steamed Milk and plan to use it in my kitchen. Also, I love the what you did with your cabinets to update them. My cabinets are the “oak” color that used to be popular and now I know what to do with them.

    1. Hi Nancy! I have a few questions about the entryway and hallways that maybe will help guide us in the right directions.
      First, is your trim white or wood colored? With wood colored trim, those darker tones are going to make the room and the paint color appear darker. You may want to consider a lighter paint color if you have wood trim.
      Second, what color were your walls before? A darker color underneath could be making the paint appear darker. Conversely, if your walls were lighter before, this change may come as a shock to your eyes.
      Third, did you paint the whole wall or just sections of it? I find that when I only paint sections, I have a really hard time visualizing how it will look when its completed and second guess myself. Then, after painting everything and trimming it out, it is like a breath of fresh air. If you’ve only done sections, I would consider doing one whole small wall, trim and everything, and then seeing how you feel about that small section.
      Last, adding a large mirror in the entryway or some light colored area rugs will definitely help to bring more brightness into the room.
      If you consider all those things and come to the conclusion that Agreeable Gray is really just making the area feel too dark, maybe you would be better off choosing a lighter greige. Both Eider White and Incredible White are really beautiful colors in the greige family that would coordinate well with Steamed Milk.
      I hope that your updating goes smoothly! I’m glad that my oak kitchen update has given you some inspiration. Please let me know how your kitchen turns out!

  2. Thank you so much for your awesome advice on what color paint to use. I am tryng to paint an apartment and the tile in the bathroom and kitchen have gray in them, so I am painting all the wood cabinets, chair railings and trim Pure White and the walls will be Repose Gray. So I needed to come up with a paint color for the living/dining room, hall and bed room so I am either going to use Steamed Milk or Sea Salt.

    1. Repose Gray is another gorgeous greige and it’s going to look amazing with the Pure White trim! You can’t go wrong with either Steamed Milk or Sea Salt – they’ll both be great with it. Good luck!

  3. Considering paint colors for my living room of which one wall extends to the dining area. My sofas are chocolate brown with accent pillows that have burnt orange and beige. My other furniture is dark brown/oak. What colors are suggested to lighten and soften the room since there isn’t a lot of natural light. The current color on wall is yellowish.

    1. Hi Marty! It sounds like you have a lot of darker colors in the room, so of the ones listed above, I would definitely go with Steamed Milk. It would go well with the dark wood and oak, and would be really nice with your couch and pillow combo. I also think Eider White would be a great shade if you like something more in the gray family. Both are light with a hint of color, and would really brighten up your space.

    2. Hi. We just moved in to a big house and all the walls are a stark white. Kitchen cabinets also white with black appliances with gray and white granite counters tops. All floors are gray. Pottery Barn furniture, so dark woods. Living room sectional in an “oat” color. I’m struggling with paint colors for the living room/dining room/ and master bedroom. I think I’m sticking with the sea salt for the bathrooms. My question is with gray floors, not sure what neutral goes on the walls. I like warm, cozy and inviting. I love switching out pillows and adding a dash of color for the different holidays. Jute carpets. Replace or keep? Do they go with gray floors? Thanks for your help!

      1. What was the answer regarding flooring? I love agreeable gray but cannot figure out what carpet matches it the best for our basement remodel. I was hoping you had a suggestion. Thanks.

        1. Hi Tammy! I love a greige carpet for several reasons. First, it goes with brown leather furniture or dark wood well. Second, it is perfect with gray or beige walls. Third, it is perfectly neutral. And last, it hides dirt well! It truly goes with anything, and won’t go out of style as quickly as a carpet that is a color. I find that brown carpets, though they can go with gray, tend to date a room to the time when beige was super popular. Cream colored carpets are nice as well, but so easily stained and worn. Here is an example of the color I am thinking of: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-Decorators-Collection-Wholehearted-III-Color-Raw-Linen-Twist-12-ft-Carpet-HDF0813110/310491468. Good luck Tammy!

      2. Joann, I’m not sure how I didn’t see this post earlier, so I’m sorry for the delay in responding!

        All the things you mentioned are great together! Gray floors, neutral walls, jute carpets – all are super in style right now! For the walls, you can definitely do a beige, greige or gray if you want to keep it in a neutral family. A color like Repose Gray is a greige with more gray than beige, and would probably work well for you. You could also go with a creamy white color for very classy look. Aesthetic White, Steamed Milk or Creamy would be some good options. If you want some more choices, check out this post on the top colors from Sherwin Williams (https://www.loveremodeled.com/sherwin-williams-top-paint-colors/).

  4. Light French Gray is also beautiful! Did my living room and had one accent wall Peppercorn!
    Looked awesome!

  5. I have big open spaces and will use your suggestions with adding Warm Stone SW7032. Could you suggest a big pop of color to compliment such as a red??

    Thx

    1. Hi Diane! I’m not super familiar with red shades, but I did a quick look and Antique Red (SW7587) or Enticing Red (SW6600) look like they would go really nicely with Warm Stone. Warm Stone is such a pretty shade. Overall though, my suggestion would be to go to Sherwin Williams and pick up some paint swatches. Different lighting can really alter the look of a color. Choose several swatches – one that leans pink, one that leans orange, one that leans brown, etc., and take them home to see how they look in your home’s lighting. That should give you a pretty good idea of what will look nice. Remember that a dark color is going to look really dark on your wall if the room doesn’t have a lot of light, so choose accordingly. Good luck! Let me know what you choose!

  6. Way too blah….sorry…

    1. Hey Michael! The thing about decorating is, everyone has their own style and preferences 🙂 Hope you find some great colors for your home!

  7. Hi Lauren,

    I want to paint my whole downstairs which includes the living room, dining room, kitchen in one color but I’m stuck with what paint color to used. I have yellowish floors with a lot of dark brown color furniture and lots of natural light except for the hallway but only partway. Do you have any suggestions or ideas? I love the greige colors specially that I want to change the decor to farmhouse. Thank you!

    1. Hi Wilemis! I think that a griege that leans more towards gray than beige is best in your situation. This will help to ensure that the yellow in the floors and the beige in the walls don’t become overpowering. For example, Accessible Beige is a beige greige, where as Agreeable Gray is a very similar depth color that is a gray greige. With that said, Agreeable Gray would likely go very well. Colonnade Gray and Pussywillow are good options too. They’re a little darker than Agreeable Gray, which may work in your home since there is lots of natural light. I’d also check out Anew Gray because its a great shade and very popular. My advice would be to pick up swatches of those colors and see what looks best with your lighting and against your flooring and cabinets. All of them will go great with farmhouse decor too! Good luck!!

  8. Just painted my kitchen and family room Wool Skein. I thought Agreeable Gray would be a nice color for the dining room which is next to these rooms. I have darker dining room furniture and medium wood floors.

    1. Wool Skein is such a pretty color! I agree, Agreeable Gray would look really nice with it!

  9. Loved the article. We’re currently in the final stages of a kitchen Reno. Wall cabinets Kichen made Bonsai green; base cabinets light honey maple; white backsplash; & countertops Calacatta Classique Quartz. I’m agonizing over the paint color. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Cecilia! I’m not sure exactly what color the wall cabinets are. I found a Bonsai Tint paint shade from Sherwin Williams, but it is lighter than a true bonsai green. Either way, I think that you probably want to go with a light neutral wall color. This will allow the green cabinets to really stand out. If you add a color to the wall, I fear that you’ll end up with a very bright kitchen and your eyes won’t know where to land. With just the cabinets as a color, they’ll really stand out and be a showcase. It sounds beautiful with the light maple cabinets and the quartz tops. I would look at a warm white, such as Steamed Milk, Creamy or Dover White. If you like a cooler white, I paired a dark green with Eider White in my powder room, so you can see how it looks. Good luck with your kitchen renovation!

  10. Hello.. I am painting my family room and kitchen which is an open Agreeable Gray. I would like to do an accent wall in my family room where the TV is. Do you have any suggestions on a color? Also I would like to paint my cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms as I am doing AG throughout. Do you have a color that will compliment AG walls when it comes to the cabinets and accent wall

    1. Hi Noble! An accent wall can TOTALLY be whatever color you like! Agreeable Gray is a warm color, so I would stick to something that is also a warm shade. All colors come in both warm and cool shades though, so once you choose a color, check with someone if you’re not sure if its warm or cool. For something that would go well on both cabinets and walls, I like Loyal Blue. It is a dark blue, but not quite navy. White is always good for cabinets, and always in style. Some good warm whites are Alabaster or Pearly Whites. Good luck with your painting!

  11. I need help! We are having our house painted in a few weeks. Our dark Wood cabinets and countertops are really throwing me. we have white trim.
    Would agreeable gray work?

    1. Hi Starr! Truly, I’ve never seen Agreeable Gray NOT work! It is Sherwin Williams’ top selling color for a reason. It is light enough that it won’t make the room feel dark with the dark wood accents, but still a solid greige. Because of gray and tan undertones, it goes with anything! I’ve used it with dark wood furniture and it looks great. If you’re still on the fence, pick up a small sample from Sherwin Williams and just put a swipe by the cabinets. Or, get one of those Samplize stick ons. Good luck!

  12. I am repainting my home from the earthy yellow tones to grey, as of now I’m looking at Passive Grey from SW, I plan on using this as the main color as I have an open plan so entrance, halls kitchen dining area, where I’m struggling is my living room. It is entered from my kitchen by a small opening, I have cherry flooring, tan leather furniture, and one large window but its north-facing. I use chantilly lace for all my trim ( crown molding, baseboards, and doors, I was thinking of painting my living room white. What are your thoughts and if so what white would you suggest. If not can you offer a color that would work ….thanks so much!

    1. Hi Cindy! I used Passive in the basement of one of my homes and liked it a lot. It is a nice, light gray that gives a nice ambience to a room. It is a perfect choice for the main areas of your home. For your living room, I think that a nice white would be a good choice. The dark colors that you have in the flooring, set off by the white trim, would look nice with a pretty shade of white. Because you have crown molding though, I would suggest choosing one with a hint of color. This will make the moulding, trim and doors stand out a little more. Ivory Lace is a pretty white, with yellow undertones, and may tie nicely with the wood. Aesthetic White is also a great white, and one of Sherwin Williams’ top selling colors. I like top selling colors because this means that it has wide appeal. A third great white is Panda White. It has tan undertones mostly. Check out these colors and see what you think! Good luck choosing!

  13. Hello! I love you paint color choices and am using some of them in my home. I’m doing agreeable gray because it goes with everything. I’m doing a white kitchen. I want to paint my island with something that has a little contrast. I’ve got 10 for ceilings and my kitchen, dining, and living rooms face North. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Amanda! Since you’re going with a white kitchen, I may consider doing a black or blue/green colored island. Choosing a color is completely dependent on your preferences, but I always think that a blue or greenish pop of color (such as SW Watery) in a white kitchen looks really nice. If that’s too bright for you, navy may work well (SW Naval was a recent color of the year). Last, gray islands are very popular in a white kitchen. I think a truer gray is better than a greige on an island, so something like SW Light French Gray or SW Stonington Gray would be nice. I love contrasting islands – I’m sure it will look amazing when you’re done!

  14. We have honey oak kitchen cabinets. Thinking of doing white countertops with a teal/turquoise backsplash. Ideas for paint colors, please!

    1. Hi Ann! My preference in design is not to have too many colors competing for attention in a room. So since you have teal/turquoise in the backsplash, and honey oak cabinets, I would go with a neutral paint color. My top choice is gray, because its very in style and will go so well with the other colors you mentioned. Passive and Light French Gray are nice, light grays. For a darker gray, Mindful Gray may be a good option too. It sounds like it’ll be beautiful when you’re done!

  15. Hi Lauren, I enjoyed your article! My husband and I built an open concept home two years ago and painted the entire interior agreeable gray with white trim and white cabinets. We love it! Our kitchen island has taken some abuse with scuff marks, etc. I’m thinking of painting it a charcoal color. My countertops are a white with gray & black. I’d appreciate any suggestions as I really like your style. Thank you.

    1. Hi Judy! Thanks so much! It sounds like your kitchen is gorgeous! I love your idea to paint the island a charcoal color. Painted islands are really in style right now. Traditional charcoal colors have blue in them, and Sherwin Williams actually has a Charcoal Blue color you could check out. For a more grayish color (which is the color that I usually think of as “charcoal” as opposed to a blue color), check out Gauntlet Gray or Porpoise. Both are dark grays that would go well with the rest of your color scheme. Good luck!

  16. Thank you, Lauren. You always give the best advice and I appreciate your timely response. Happy decorating!

  17. Great article! We are building a home right now, so I’m knee deep in research! I love agreeable gray and am planning on using it in the great room/kitchen/dining area. We will have white shaker cabinets, white trim and brown (bernina maple bellavista) flooring. So…my question. Does agreeable gray work well with oil rubbed bronze lighting fixtures? I’m looking at ORB fixtures with a clear or seeded glass. I’m not opposed to black or brushed nickel fixtures, but like the look of ORB, but cannot visualize if they are complementary. Thoughts?

    1. Hi Holly! Your new home sounds beautiful! Yes, Agreeable Gray would go very nicely with bronze tones. It has a good amount of beige in it, similar to the tones in oil rubbed bronze. That makes it a great choice for you!

  18. I have a beautiful cherry wood dining room set but am having trouble deciding the best colour for the walls. The floor is an med oak colour & their is Big bay window which allows a lot of light. The rest of the main floor is shades of a warm grey.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Gwen! It sounds like there are some red tones in the room from the cherry set and perhaps from the oak floor as well. Because of this, I would probably lean towards a creamy white (ex. Crisp Linen) or a light blue. Check out this post on the best blue paint colors – I think Tradewind would be a good pick. Also, Comfort Gray, which is actually a green shade, looks gorgeous with cherry wood. All of these colors would coordinate nicely with a warm gray. Good luck choosing!

  19. I have high ceilings that do not need painting, very wide woodwork also does not need painting. Honey Oak cabinets I will change out knobs and switch plates for lights. One large space that has open floor plan living room, kitchenette and open space to bathroom area. Looking to stay with one color really just to freshen up the room. The color now is almost a Sunflower golden color. HELP with another color

  20. My home is a 50’s “cottage” with light oak trim. My wallpaper/painter person says never paint natural trim. I am confused. Is it ok to paint trim in kitchen and leave remainder of house natural? My cabinets are beige in kitchen -I’d like to paint trim to match. The remainder of house is cottage white. Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Shari! There are no hard and fast rules, but I do think that you should consider how the house is set up. If the kitchen is closed off to the other rooms and there is a good stopping place for the white trim, then I think it’d be fine to paint it. But, if there trim is continuous from the kitchen to another room it may look weird to have the color suddenly change from white to wood. Good luck deciding!

  21. I have stained trim and I am struggling with what colors will look good next to the wood trim. My living room, dining room, and kitchen are all open to each other can you help me with a color pallet that will work with stained wood trim. Thanks

  22. I just painted my living room with agreeable grey and I am looking for advice on new furniture color. I was thinking of a solid colored couch and some sort of patterned side chairs. We have medium stained wood, I am tossing the idea around of painting it white but I know that will be a huge undertaking.

    1. Hi Colleen! First, I love that Agreeable Gray can go with both white or wood trim usually. If you do decide to paint your trim, here is a tutorial on how to do it. I painted all the trim in a previous home, and while it takes some time (because of the sheer amount of trim in a home), it wasn’t as painful as I expected! Second, I think a solid colored couch is always the best bet. Since couches are expensive, getting a solid color means you can change the color scheme in the room as frequently as you want without spending the money for a whole new couch. For colors that will go nicely, you have tons of options! I would recommend taking a look at this page on how to choose a color, because I have several color schemes listed on there that may give you some inspiration. I’ve paired Agreeable Gray with cream, turquoise, navy, pink, sage green, browns and grays (not all of those together in the same room, of course). Truly, because Agreeable Gray has both gray and beige undertones, you can pair it with mostly any color!

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