THE PAINT COLORS THROUGHOUT OUR HOME + TONS OF TIPS!

This post is very long overdue! I’ve been promising to write this for too long – I get questions about our home’s paint colors on a daily basis, so I’m so happy to finally have it all here for you! Here you’ll find all of the paint colors throughout our home that we’re currently using, as well our previous ones – and there are quite a few!

You’ll also find loads of tips in this post – we’ve learned a lot from our mistakes!

*Affiliate links are provided throughout, please see my full disclosure policy here. A full list of the paint colors throughout our home, both old and new! Our open concept home has several different colors, throughout, see how we use them!

ENTRYWAY – BENJAMIN MOORE COLLINGWOOD OC-28

This warm grey, or ‘greige’ (a cross between grey and beige) as it’s also called, is the dominant color throughout the main living areas in our home, in an eggshell finish. I wanted a continuous flow from the front door through to the back doors, so we kept it more uniform in the larger spaces.

Our home does not have a very big footprint, it’s just shy of 1700 square feet, but the 9 and 11 foot ceilings, wide doorways with transoms, and open concept floorpan, all help to make it feel larger and more spacious.The shot below is an older one, but it gives you an idea of the visual flow from our entryway through to the back of our home. The same color can look quite different in each shot, depending on the natural light on that particular day and time of year. Lighting is everything in a space and it can affect colors and how they read, drastically!In the winter months, we get the most incredible bright, crisp light in our home, since the leaves are gone and we’re surrounded by snow – as much as I don’t love winter at all, it’s my favorite time of year in terms of lighting!

These most recent shots of our entryway are from this past February, so you can get an idea of how much lighter the color can look. Summer is a whole different ballgame in our home!


Design tip – ALWAYS test your paint colors!! It rarely turns out the same as on the swatch, and again, lighting is KEY. Look at it at different times of the day, on different walls. You’d be very surprised at the different colors you’ll get! I’ve made that mistake too many times! You can see more of our latest entryway decor here.

NEW DINING COLOR – BENJAMIN MOORE STONINGTON GRAY HC-170

I love this cool gray – it’s so different from the Collingwood (a warm grey) we have in our other rooms, but it’s such a gorgeous compliment! I love the cool versus warm mix. This room is also painted an eggshell finish. For those of you who are new here, this room was recently redone last fall – read more here, and keep scrolling to see our previous black color.I love the elegance of this color, it’s soft and beautiful, and really elevates this space to another level. We added the upper mouldings and they really make a huge difference as well. Consider adding them for visual interest and added sophistication.


Design tip – if you want your room to feel a little more rich, elegant and traditional, consider painting from the crown to the baseboard all the same color – it’s an old-world, European look, but so modern at the same time. I love the chic factor it brings to this space. A small detail, with very big impact!

PREVIOUS DINING ROOM COLOR – BEHR CRACKED PEPPER PP-U18-1

I loved these beautiful black walls for so many years, and many of you who are regular readers remember my dilemma about changing them! I couldn’t decide what to do for so long, butI finally went for it and created the vision that I had brewing in my head. Even though black walls are all the rage right now, I don’t miss them, but I sure did love them!  Also painted in an eggshell finish, this room was so cozy, enveloping and welcoming. We loved it for the 8+ years we had it in here. The tone of this black is warm, and it can sometimes read as a very dark charcoal. I like to call it an ‘off-black’.

HALLWAY – BENJAMIN MOORE COLLINGWOOD, OC-28, + INTERIOR DOORS, BEHR CRACKED PEPPER

Our warm grey continues down the hallway leading to our bedrooms, and all of our interior doors are painted the same color as the dining room – I used the leftover paint we had, which is a huge plus for the environment. The only drawback, eggshell isn’t the best finish for doors. We had black doors in our previous home as well, and they were finished with semi-gloss, which is perfect – easy to clean and the sheen is beautiful too.


Design tip: paint your doors at least a semi-gloss finish. Easier to maintain and easier to clean, plus the sheen is beautiful!

LIVING ROOM – BENJAMIN MOORE COLLINGWOOD OC-28

Our living room continues with more Collingwood in eggshell, and you can see how the natural lighting on this day, changes the look of the color in these photos. This color can look soft and light in certain spaces and very dark in others. It can even have a pinkish tone to it, so I can’t stress enough – always test your colors!


Design tip: buy the brand you test your colors in! I had Collingwood matched in another brand that was on sale, after I had tested the Benjamin Moore paint – HUGE MISTAKE!! In an effort to save money, and without testing the new brand’s color mix, I suddenly had peach walls. We found ourselves back at the store, buying five new gallons of Benjamin Moore paint, and had to repaint our entire home. Not fun at all.

TRIM + MOULDING COLOR THROUGHOUT – BEHR ULTRA PURE WHITE, SEMI-GLOSS

When choosing white for millwork and trim, I always love to use a crisp, clean, bright white. It gives such a beautiful contrast to the wall color and makes everything feel light and airy. Our ceilings are all the same color in a flat finish, while all the trim throughout our home is semi-gloss.


Design tip – always use at least a semigloss finish for trim and mouldings (and doors!). Trim collects a lot of dust and they’re much easier to keep clean that way!

PREVIOUS MASTER BEDROOM COLOR – RALPH LAUREN, WASHBOARD

When we first built our home, my vision for this room was grey on grey on grey, and we loved it! It was such a relaxing space and the color was enveloping and rich. It felt like a cozy cocoon in here, with a rich, curated look, and it was such a treat to sleep and relax in. It was perfect for us at the time. You can see more of this look in our bedroom here.That said, because there’s no direct sunlight in here – ever – and the windows are north-facing, it felt very dark, very often…too often. I had fallen in love with the idea of having rich, moody colors, but learned that I needed more brightness in this space.

CURRENT BEDROOM COLOR – DISCONTINUED, BENJAMIN MOORE LILY WHITE IS A VERY CLOSE OPTION!

Which brings me to what our current color is now. Unfortunately, the make and color doesn’t exist anymore – it was called Icicle White, by Benjamin Moore Origins, exclusively for Canadian Tire. It’s a light grey-blue with the most refreshing, crisp feel to it – it certainly provided that beachy, airy retreat I was after.
Remember what I said earlier about testing your colors? This color swatch card read as a very pale grey, and on the walls in our space, it’s very pale blue. My girlfriend painted her bedroom the same color, and there’s no blue to be found at all. I can’t stress enough – test your paints, because the lighting has everything to do with how it looks!

OUR DAUGHTER’S PREVIOUS WALL COLOR – SICO, KILT GREEN 6127-74

Oh, how I loved this color palette and the Palm Beach vibe we had going on in this space! This was what this room looked like when we first built our home. It’s gone through a few transformations since, and we will be diving into another one this summer. My mother and I were always redecorating my bedroom when I grew up, and the tradition continues! This vibrant, saturated green was one of my favorites, keep scrolling for the other colors we’ve used in here.

OUR DAUGHTER’S PREVIOUS WALL COLOR – BENJAMIN MOORE REFRESHING TEAL 2039-70

We went from energizing, saturated walls, to a bright, crisp pale teal that we both fell in love with. This bedroom gets the most sunlight in our home, since the front of our house in south-facing, and this room gets all of the glorious light. You can see this full reveal here, which also shows more of this space’s transformation, and before photos.

OUR DAUGHTER’S NEW WALL COLOR – PREMIER INFINITY, PALE PEACH, AVAILABLE AT CANADIAN TIRE

I wish I could say it looks this neat all the time, but with an almost 13 year-old, well that’s pretty impossible! We went from cool walls to this softest blush pink that we adore! So warm and welcoming, sophisticated and chic. This room grew up a little bit more, with the addition of brass accents. Stay tuned for another refresh! For now, you can see this reveal here.

KITCHEN – BENJAMIN MOORE COLLINGWOOD, OC-28

This side of our kitchen also uses Collingwood, although it’s a very small section around the pantry door, as well as the other side of the refrigerator.
The opposite wall uses the same bright white, Ultra Pure White by Behr, as the trim everywhere else in the house, and on our built-in shelving, as well as the back of it. It used to be painted in Collingwood, but after added shelves, we went for an all-white look to simplify, and keep it clean and crisp. Having the fully tiled wall helps to unify the two colors. See the before here.

KIDS’ BATH – FAUX GRASSCLOTH WALLPAPER – DISCONTINUED – SIMILAR, SCHUMACHER, HAIKU SISAL

This bathroom has also undergone a few changes – scroll further to see the before, and read more about this makeover here. We added a faux grasscloth wallpaper, which was the perfect choice for this bathroom that has no window. That means a lot of moisture! We love coastal-chic vibe it brings to this space too.

KIDS’ BATH PREVIOUS COLOR – RALPH LAUREN LAMP ROOM GREY UL26

This was the original color we used, and the vanity was my old bedroom desk from childhood! I loved the warm, earthy tone of these walls, but as the year’s passed, we craved some brightness and lightness in here too.

PREVIOUS MASTER BATH COLOR – RALPH LAUREN MONTAUK DRIFTWOOD

This is an oldie but goodie! Our master bathroom used to have this beautiful blue-green-grey color, in a semigloss finish. It almost had that look of sea glass and it was so pretty for this space. I loved this bathroom’s romantic feel that we created on a serious budget! We’ve since given this space a makeover and love it so much more now. Scroll down to see it!

OUR CURRENT MASTER BATH COLOR – BEHR ULTRA PURE WHITE, SEMI-GLOSS

We went all white, again with my trusty bright white for our master bathroom makeover, and tackled this space for the One Room Challenge a while ago (see the reveal here). We painted the space from floor to ceiling, including the crown and baseboards for that rich, elegant, old-world look we love.


Design tip: use a semi-gloss finish in your bathrooms since there is so much moisture! The glossier, the better, to withstand all that condensation.

That is it! The only paint colors you haven’t seen here are our son’s room and laundry room – I don’t have nice shots of either space, but I plan to photograph them soon so I can add them in. I hope you’ve found this post useful and helpful – use the tips I’ve included, most of them I’ve learned from my own mistakes, and we’ve painted a lot of rooms in our lifetime! Thank you so much for reading, as always, I love to have you here! Happy painting! xo

2 Comments on THE PAINT COLORS THROUGHOUT OUR HOME + TONS OF TIPS!

  1. Joanna
    May 10, 2019 at 11:39 AM (5 months ago)

    Thank you for sharing your paint colors. I’m getting the painters in to redo my bedrooms, bathrooms and all the doors & trim. I’m thinking of painting the trim the same as the walls as you did to get a nice uniform look. I’ll also be using semi-gloss in the baths. What a timely post!

    Reply
    • tamaraanka
      May 10, 2019 at 11:45 AM (5 months ago)

      Hi Joanna!! I am so happy you found this useful! I have learned so much over the years and I’m so happy to finally share! I think you’ll love having the the mouldings painted, it’s a really elegant look! Thanks so much for reading!! xo

      Reply

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