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Tried-and-True Paint Colors

October 15, 2018

One of the most common questions I hear from homeowners during selections is “How do I choose a neutral paint color that looks good with anything?” The majority of homeowners simply want a neutral color palette that will complement their personal style.  So why is this so difficult? Answer:  Color choices are endless and can be overwhelming for most people. However, there are a handful of colors that work well with just about anything, due to their undertones. With the gray trend we are seeing right now, colors are a little more on the “cooler” side.  So how do you transition to the warmth that fall brings while staying on trend? Answer:  By selecting great neutrals that have staying power and will last from season to season.  This can be difficult to do when your options are endless. So I compiled a list of some of my favorite “no-fail” Sherwin Williams paint colors that you really can’t go wrong with.  Whether you want a crisp white palette, cool gray space or warmer beige feel… the versatility of these tried-and-true colors will compliment any style.

Favorite Main Color:

(These colors look great for walls, cabinets or as an accent color) 

SW 0055 Light French Gray


SW 7015 Repose Gray


SW 7016 Mindful Gray


SW 7018 Dovetail

SW 7023 Requisite Gray

SW 7029 Agreeable Gray


SW 7036 Accessible Beige


SW 7064 Passive


SW 7043 Worldly Gray

SW 7650 Ellie Gray


SW 7642 Pavestone

SW 6204 Sea Salt

SW 6206 Oyster Bay

SW 6218 Tradewind


Favorite Whites:

(Typically used on Trim, Ceilings and/or Cabinets) 

SW 7004 Snowbound


SW 7005 Pure White


SW 7008 Alabaster

Favorite Dark Accent Colors:

(Love these bold colors when used on a front door, cabinetry or even as an accent wall)

 SW 6244 Naval


SW 7674 Peppercorn

SW 7019 Gauntlet Gray

SW 7048 Urbane Bronze


SW 7069 Iron Ore

SW 6258 Tricorn Black


SW 7592 Crabby Apple

 SW 6034 Arresting Auburn

To see some of our favorite color combos used in past homeowners' spaces, check out our Paint Color Tour video here.  

-Written by our Design Coordinator, Kristin Tucker




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