I get so many questions about the paint colors in our home, that I figured I should just go ahead and write a post about it already! I usually end up giving a quick answer in the comments section of a post or in an email, but I thought maybe I could also just link to this post in the future and hopefully that will be a little more helpful for people. Plus, I love talking about paint colors!
I think I’ve really settled on a great palette of colors for our home that seems to work no matter what the season is or how many times I decide to tweak my design style. Obviously that’s important to me because I’m always changing things up for the seasons and to share here on the blog and I don’t want to be repainting every month!
The one color you’ll see more than any other color in my home is from CIL paints and is called Zeppelin. It’s that perfect warm grey that looks good in any room, in any light, with any type of decor, and with any other color. Bright seasonal colors really pop against it, but it’s also great for pairing it up with texturey neutrals and crisp whites. This is the color that I recommend the most to friends as family as well, and I can’t say that anyone who’s used it hasn’t been absolutely thrilled by it. 🙂
This color is actually a perfect match for Martha Stewart’s Bedford Grey, which was also a great color! The bad news is that those old Martha Stewart chips are hard to come by and also, the even more bad news is that if you live in the US, then CIL paints aren’t available to you. The good news though, is that you just need to use this code: Zeppelin 30YY 46/036 at whichever paint counter you may be at, and they’ll be able to mix this most perfect color for you into any kind of paint!
I’m not lying when I say I have this color almost everywhere in the house!
In the living room!
In the dining room! (The darker grey/brown in the hallway next to the dining room is Sherwin Williams Library Pewter. I absolutely love this color too, but it’s way too dark for our house so I want to add a little bit of Zeppelin action to that hall as well at some point.)
In the Master Bath! That’s Zeppelin again on the walls, and the slightly deeper color on the cabinets is a KraftMaid Cabinetry color called Greyloft.
In Kennedy’s Room!
The blue that I used for all of the blue painted accents in this room and the blue wall as well is another CIL color called Sky High Blue.
I have to admit that I’m not really a big turquoise fan, but this particular shade is the perfect mix of sky blue and turquoise and I love how fresh and clean it feels.
Before I discovered Zeppelin, I tried a few other neutral colors around the house. Although I really do kind of want to paint these rooms in Zeppelin as well, I get a lot people asking me for these other paint colors, and I have to admit that these colors really are very easy to live with and easy with decorate with too!
In the master bedroom we have Martha Stewart’s Whetstone Grey.
…And in Jack’s room we have Martha Stewart’s Sisal.
Sadly, you can’t find the chips for the Martha Stewart Colors anymore unless you’ve been holding on to the paint chips from years ago like I’ve been. Luckily, though, you don’t need chips! You have the power of the internet! Yay internet! If you find pictures of any paint color that you like online, and that paint is either discontinued or not available in your area, you can find exact color matches or paint mixing codes for almost any color!
So if you see a color that you think would work perfectly in your home, don’t worry about tracking down that paint chip! Just pop on over to Google and you’ll be all set!
So those are the paint colors that we have in our home right now. It’s a pretty small list and that definitely helps when it comes to doing touch ups or trying to decide what color to paint the next room that we’re renovating.
For more recent updates to our home’s paint colors, see this post here: Traditional Farmhouse Paint Colors and Finishes
Make sure you check out my other favorite fool-proof paint colors here as well, if you’re on the hunt for the perfect shade!
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.