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 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)…

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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.

Sea Salt

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.

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!

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This Post Has 15 Comments

  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!

  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!!

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