The Best (Modern) Farmhouse Paint Colors
What Is A Farmhouse Paint Color
In case you weren’t aware there was/is a giant trend going on in home decor land and it’s name is Farmhouse. A few years ago, I was the biggest fan of the chippy/vintage farmhouse look.
I still have a small spot in my heart for the farmhouse look but lately that soft spot has gotten a little modern.
I’m less chippy now and a tad bit more traditional/modern.
But regardless what you classify yourself these paint color should satisfy the farmhouse chippy lover and the modern farmhouse lover like myself.
Farmhouse paint colors are usually soft and neutral with that lived in feeling. They set off a cozy vibe.
They really are the perfect paint color for any space in your home. Most of these paint colors can be used on your walls but would look pretty on a painted piece of furniture.
The Best White Farmhouse Paint Colors
~Sherwin Williams Alabaster
Alabaster is a soft, almost off-white paint color with beige undertones. It’s a creamy white that is not too white and not too yellow. Alabaster would look pretty on walls with a pure white trim color.
~Benjamin Moore White Dove
Benjamin Moore White Dove is a pretty soft white paint color with a touch of grey undertones making it a great choice for walls, trim, cabinets. White Dove is probably one of the most popular paint colors with designers. White Dove is a beautiful color in rooms that have lots of natural light.
~Sherwin Williams Dover White
Dover White is the creamy version of White Dove from Benjamin Moore. I did a whole post on Dover White here if you want to see some more examples. Dover White is also great for walls, cabinets and trim. It is a creamy white but if you want a white with less gray and more yellow in it, Dover White is your color.
~Benjamin Moore Cloud White
Cloud White seems to be one of those popular paint colors that you really do not hear about too often. It’s sneaky like that. This article from House and Home proves my point. It’s House & Home magazine’s most mentioned paint color (and those were their exact words). Cloud White is an off-white…it’s not stark white and it’s not creamy.
The Best Gray Farmhouse Paint Colors
~Behr Silver Drop
If you have ever read one blog post from me, then you should know that Silver Drop by Behr is my all time favorite paint color. You can read a whole blog post about Silver Drop here.
It is the main color in my whole house.
~Behr Dolphin Fin
And if you read more than one blog post on here then you should also know Dolphin Fin is my second favorite color. I did a whole blog post about Dolphin Fin here.
It is one shade darker than Silver Drop and I painted most of my interior doors Dolphin Fin.
Walls are Silver Drop and door is Dolphin Fin. It’s such a good combo.
~Benjamin Moore Gray Owl
Gray Owl is one of Benjamin Moore’s most popular gray paint colors. It is a very versatile light warm gray. Gray Owl has just the right balance of warm /cool undertones that makes it a perfect color for most rooms especially if you are afraid to go white on your walls and want something with a hint of color.
~Sherwin Williams Repose Gray
Repose Gray can also be considered “greige” as there is a hint of beige undertones. But it leans more gray than it does greige. Repose Gray works best in room with an average amount of natural light.
The Best Blue/Green Farmhouse Paint Colors
~Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
If you ever watched a show of Fixer Upper you probably have seen Sea Salt in action. Sea Salt is a green/gray paint color and is such a soothing color. Sea Salt would look great in a bedroom or bathroom
~Benjamin Moore Puritan Gray
Puritan Gray is a darker gray with blue undertones and lots of depth to it. It’s almost a smokey blue that would look great in an office or even a bedroom
~Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue
Wythe Blue is a green/
~Benjamin Moore Wedgewood Gray
Back to thinking outside of the box. Wedgewood Gray is a perfect cabinet paint color. It can read blue, gray and green depending on the lighting. I painted our dining room in our old house Wedgewood Gray
And then painted our lower ktichen cabinets Wedgewood Gray (again in our old house)
Can you tell I really like this color?
The Best Greige Farmhouse Paint Colors
(I did a whole post about the best Greige paint colors recently. You can see more examples of most of these colors below in that post.)
~Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray is a soft warm gray paint color and is one of Sherwin Williams best selling paint colors. It is a pretty neutral that works well with almost any other color in any space and goes well with most designs.
~Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
Revere Pewter can very likely be Benjamin Moore’s most popular color and not to mention one of the most popular paint colors right now. It’s a light gray with warm undertones.
~Behr Wheat Bread
Wheat Bread by Behr is a beautiful greige paint color that will look great in any room in your home. It is very similar in color to Revere Pewter but with more beige undertones in it.
~Benjamin Moore Pale Oak
Pale Oak is a lighter and warmer greige color than most greige. It can lean more of a warm off white in a room with lots of natural light.
DIY Painting Supplies
I listed out some of my favorite items I use when painting…
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Benjamin Moore Classic Colors Fan Deck: Just in case you want to be even more overwhelmed you can order all of the Benjamin Moore classic paint colors
Same goes for Sherwin Williams Paint Deck
Painter’s tape: I hate taping and I really try to avoid it but when I can’t I make sure I use a good tape
Drop Cloths: Yes, you need them and you need many. I have used trash bags and old shower liners before too.
Paint Cup: This paint cup is brilliant and has a magnetic strip so your paint brush stays safe from falling in your paint.
Multi Position Paint Brush tool: The best tool you will ever use if you have tall ceilings or just in general. I used something similar to this to paint my 15 foot ceilings in my family room and it was a life saver.
Paint Edger: This might get a bad rap but if you do it right, it has been a nice helper for me. Especially when trimming around windows and along baseboards.
Touch up cup: Nothing is worse than having to pull out the whole can of paint for a little touch up.
How to choose the right paint color
Start with inspiration:
I talked a little bit about this in this post but I’ll touch on it again. Picking your paint color for your walls should be one of the later things you do when designing a room. Find a large focal piece (rug, art, window treatments) and look for colors in those pieces that catch your attention. Get on Pinterest and look at magazines. Get some ideas of what you like. It is your house.
Decide on the mood of the room:
Do you want your room to be light and bright or dark and moody? If you home doesn’t get a whole lot of natural light, stark white walls might look dingy. I would consider a paint with some color to it.
You can buy all your paint at Home Depot
Like I said before, I am a huuuge fan on Behr’s paint. I usually use their Ultra line and I can’t say enough good things about it. We had professional painters come in to paint our 2 story entry way and even the professional painter said you can’t go wrong with Behr paint.
If you want to save a little money on your paint, Home Depot will color match any color for you from either Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore. I know some designers might cringe and tell you that Home Depot won’t be able to match the formula 100%. I haven’t had a problem yet.
Grab your swatches and bring home samples
Bring home some swatches and ideally some sample paints if you feel extra ambitious. Use large foam boards from the dollar store and paint sample boards. Test them in every room. Remember each room gets different natural light. See how they look in the morning and at night.
I just recently heard of SAMPLIZE and I think it is genius. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more affordable and easier than traditional paint pots. Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location and costs under $6 for a sample.
You can also order large free swatches from Benjamin Moore here
Consider everything in your home…your trim, your floors etc. My floors are Brazilian cherry (aka very red) and I knew I wanted a color just a tad cooler to play off the warm red tones of the floor.
Is your trim bright white, or creamy white? Very cool gray colors might not play well with very warm white trim.
Get what I am saying?
If you want to see the undertone of color, look at the darkest color on the paint color strip. If you love a paint color but fear it can be too dark, ask them to cut it with 25% or 50% white.
Keep a list of your home paint colors
It’s always a good idea to keep a list or spreadsheet of the paint colors you have used in your home. I can’t tell you know much it has helped me.
The Best (Modern) Farmhouse Paint Colors
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