Occasionally I get questions (both online and in person) about the paint colors in our home, so I thought I would document them here so I have a place to point people.
As you know, colors read differently on different computer screens. Even in person, the same color reads differently in different rooms or in different light (that’s why picking colors is so hard!) but we’ve had all of these colors for a number of years and I still really like them.
The majority of the walls in our house are painted Benjamin Moore’s Stone Hearth. I consider it a taupe, but sometimes it reads more like a warm grey.
I often consider painting our walls white, because I like it so much in pictures, but I’m not sure I would like it as much in real life. I also really like the contrast between this color and the white woodwork.
My office (below) is painted Stone Hearth at half strength. There’s not a whole lot of difference but I would say it reads more grey than taupe.
Almost all of the woodwork in the house is painted Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, including the kitchen cabinets. Benjamin Moore says it’s one of the 10 most popular colors in its system and credits that to the fact that it’s not too warm or too cool. That has definitely been our experience. I don’t consider it to be too grey or too yellow, which can be the challenge in picking a good white.
Our kitchen is painted Benjamin Moore’s Beigewood. I would describe it as a brown with a lot of grey in it and, again, I love the contrast with the white woodwork.
Our dining room is painted Beigewood at half strength. Like with my office, I don’t notice a big difference between that and full strength.
We had our master bedroom painted in Sherwin Williams’ Urbane Bronze.
It was a bold choice because it’s so dark but five years later we still love it.
It makes our bedroom feel very relaxing and a little bit dramatic.
It also works really well as a neutral. In here I’ve paired it with other neutrals (khakis and greys) and just a little bit of coral in the pillows and some of the artwork.
We also went dark with the bookcases and french doors (not shown – I need to get a good pic of them) in the piano room. They are painted Sherwin Williams’ Iron Ore.
Iron Ore works well with the Stone Hearth (walls) and White Dove (trim) that are also in here.
I hope this helps someone who is trying to pick paint colors. I know how confusing and overwhelming it can be, which is why I don’t do it very often. I like to find what I like and stick with it for a long while.