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Monday, January 29, 2018

High Contrast Paint Colors of My Little House

Neutral paint colors for creating beautiful contrast and flow in a small ranch home.



What color did you paint your front door?

What is the color of the dark accent wall in your bedroom?

What color are your base kitchen cabinets? 

I get so many questions about the paint colors in our home that I thought I would share a big 'ole post answering all your burning questions.  We live in a small 1970's ranch style home, so the ceilings are low (or average) and the rooms are small and closed off.  I have found the best way to maximize flow is to keep the colors coordinating and palate neutral.   I love creating contrast and interest throughout our home by adding a pop of Iron Ore to doors, cabinets and furniture.  It's the best way to make our spaces feel larger without being too heavy. 

Neutral Sherwin-Williams paint colors

Before I get to the paint colors,  I thought I would share a few pros and cons of the different paint sheens that I used throughout our home.  

GLOSS / SEMI-GLOSS: Durable and easy it clean.  It reflects light and calls attention to any imperfections.  It's best for trim and high traffic areas such as a kitchen, bathroom or mudroom.

SATIN / EGGSHELL:  Slight sheen and more reflective qualities than flat paint.  Looks flat when viewed straight on, but has a slight sheen when viewed on an angle.  Still a durable paint, but not as durable as gloss or semi-glodd

FLAT / MATTE:  Does not reflect light, which helps hide imperfections.  Absorbs stains, scuffs and fingerprints and is not suitable for surfaces that are to be cleaned.  Best for ceilings and low traffic rooms.

Flat paint is definetely my favorite, but I learned real quick that it wasn't the best option when you have a house full of pets and kids.  Now, I stick mostly to semi-gloss for my trim, satin for my doors and eggshell for my walls. 

living room

         Sherwin-Willaims Iron Ore and Balanced Beige
Door Color: Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore, Emerald line in satin
Window Color: Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore, Emerald line in satin
Wall Color: Sherwin-Williams Balanced Beige (eggshell)
Trim and Plank Wall Color: Sherwin-Williams off the shelf white semi-gloss Super Paint

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Modern farmhouse entryway painted in Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore and Balanced Beige

Living room painted in Sherwin-Willaims Balanced Beige

Dining room
Sherwin-Willaims Iron ore and Sherwin-Williams Accessible Beige
Door Color: Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore, Emerald line in satin
Wall Color: Sherwin-Williams Accesible Beige (eggshell)
Trim & Molding Color: Sherwin-Williams off the shelf white semi-gloss Super Paint
Vintage Buffet Color: Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore, Emerald line in satin

Modern farmhouse dining room painted in Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore and Accessible Beige

Sherwin-Williams Accessible Beige

living and dining room painted in Sherwin-Williams Balanced Beige and Accessible Beige

Mudroom
Sherwin Williams shell and Iron Ore painted in our mudroom

Door Color: Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore, Emerald line in satin
Wall Color: Sherwin-Williams Shell (flat)
Trim Color: Sherwin-Williams off the shelf white semi-gloss Super Paint

Mudroom painted in Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore and Shell
Our mudroom and my office are part of the addition we added a few years ago.  We have plans in the future to extend our kitchen, but until then let's just say both spaces are in phase one.  The walls were temporarily painted with leftover flat paint (Sherwin-Williams Shell), but definitely need to be repainted. 

Office

Wall Color: Sherwin-Williams Shell (flat)
Accent Wall: Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore, Emerald line in satin
Trim Color: Sherwin-Williams off the shelf white semi-gloss Super Paint

high contrast office painted in Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore and Shell

High contrast office painted in Sherwin-Willaims Iron ore and Shell



Master bedroom

Door Color: Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore, Emerald line in satin
Wall Color: Sherwin-Williams Worldly Gray (eggshell)
Accent Wall Color: Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore, Emerald line in satin
Trim Color: Sherwin-Williams off the shelf white semi-gloss Super Paint

High contrast bedroom painted in Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore and Worldly Gray

High contrast bedroom painted in Sherwin-Williams Worldly Gray and Iron Ore

High Contrast bedroom painted in Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore and Worldly Gray
SHOP THE SPACE










kitchen


Wall Color: Sherwin-Williams Accesible Beige (Eggshell)
Upper Cabinets: Sherwin-Williams off the shelf white semi-gloss Super Paint
Lower Cabinets: Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore, Emerald Line in satin
Trim Color: Sherwin-Williams off the shelf white semi-gloss Super Paint

High contrast kitchen painted in Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore and Accessible Beige
SHOP THE SPACE




Basement bathroom

Door Color: Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore, Emerald line in satin
Wall Color: Sherwin-Williams On The Rocks (eggshell)
Trim Color: Sherwin-Williams off the shelf white semi-gloss Super Paint

High contrast painted bathroom in Sherwin-Williams On The Rocks

High Contrast bathroom painted in Sherwin-Williams On The Rocks
SHOP THE SPACE




Basement

Sherwin-Williams Accessible Beige and Iron Ore   
Door Color: Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore, Emerald line in satin
Wall Color: Sherwin-Williams Accessible Beige (eggshell)
Fireplace Color: Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore, Emerald line in satin
Trim and Plank Wall Color: Sherwin-Williams off the shelf white semi-gloss Super Paint


Basement painted in Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore and Accessible Beige


Basement painted in Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore and Accessible Beige

High contrast basement painted in Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore and Accessible Beige
SHOP THE SPACE



Out of all the paint colors I've used throughout our home, Sherwin-Williams Accessible Beige is by far my favorite.  It's the perfect greige and looks great in any room and light.  It also pairs nicely with my white trim and Iron Ore painted doors.  I tend to repaint my home often, but I have a feeling Accessible Beige and Iron Ore are going to be around for awhile.



Neutral paint colors of a high contrast home




      

2 comments:

  1. I am in love with IRON ORE! I just painted niches and nooks with Hale Navy.I have been thinking about a dark slate. I think this just saved me a ton of time! Thanks Katie! Laura

    I know HD color matches Ben Moore. Does Home Depot do that with SW paint? Do you know?

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    1. Yes, Home Depot color matches to SW, BUT I wouldn't recommend it. Iron Ore is a dark color and needs to be mixed with darker pigmented paint (yellow vs white). I don't think Home Depot does this, which results in a much lighter color. I would just stick to Sherwin-Williams. It's more expensive, but if you wait until a 30% off sale you can get a gallon (or two) for a reasonable price.

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