Whole House Color Palette – The Easy Way

In the 15+ years I’ve owned my house, I’ve gone from one extreme to another with my paint colors. I was exhausted after scraping  dated wallpaper off every room in the house when I moved in, so I painted the entire house a warm ivory color. I just didn’t have the mental capacity to come up with anything more creative, you know?

It looked a little bland but worked fine until I got the urge to repaint during one brutally cold and snowy winter. I covered every room in the house with deep, dark, rich colors. I loved it until warmer weather came around and my small house looked positively depressing. And don’t even get me started on the “caramel” color I slathered all over my living room and up the stairs.  It was an unfortunate shade of orange that made me feel like I was living inside a jack-o-lantern.

During this time I moved out of my house in order to put my son in a different high school. I couldn’t handle emptying all the crap out of my house and I knew I could furnish a small apartment on the cheap, so I rented my home fully furnished to a university professor. Crazy, right?

We moved back in a few years later and I wanted a fresh start. I had so much upheaval and stress happening in my life that I really needed the house to be a calm and serene oasis. The dark colors were just too cave-like for my tiny house.

I realized that the decor I was drawn to in magazines was overwhelmingly neutral with a  lot of texture, so I decided to redo the entire house. Let’s face it – given the size of the house, I wasn’t doing myself any favors having my rooms painted such deep hues.

I was a little nervous about picking out paint colors for adjoining rooms, but there is a fool-proof, easy way to do it – let the paint company do the work.

Every room in my house is painted one of these 3 colors from Lowe’s:

Whole House Color Palette - Not sure how to create a whole house color palette? Let the paint company do the work for you!

 

  • Cliveden Leather – Livingroom, kitchen, front and back entryway, sunroom, stairway, upstairs hallway, spare bedroom
  • Holmes Cream – Dining room, master bedroom
  • Lovely Bluff – bathroom, office, living room fireplace, kitchen cabinets`

The doors in the house were all the original dark varnish, so I primed and painted them white along with all the trim. It took FOREVER, and more coats of paint than I care to remember. When I moved in the trim had already been painted, so I’m not sure why they skipped the doors.

Whole House Color Palette - Not sure how to create a whole house color palette? Let the paint company do the work for you!

I’ve never looked back and I have to say, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made with my house.  The rooms flow seamlessly into each other and when I want to give a room a fresh look it’s easy to move furniture and decor around – any piece will work great in any room.

Whole House Color Palette - Not sure how to create a whole house color palette? Let the paint company do the work for you!

The main color of the house (Clivedon Leather) is the perfect works-with-everything shade – it’s dark enough that it doesn’t look washed out, but still neutral enough to go with just about anything. Right now I don’t have a lot of color in the house, but this palette makes a great backdrop for a more colorful scheme too.

Whole House Color Palette - Not sure how to create a whole house color palette? Let the paint company do the work for you!

Staring at thousands of paint chips can be completely overwhelming….sometimes having too many choices can paralyze you. If you’re stressed out about choosing a color palette, keep it simple. Pick a chip with 3 or 4 colors and stick to them through your whole house. They are lighter and darker versions of the same color and it’s guaranteed they will work perfectly together.  If cream/tan/brown is not your thing, this would work equally well with a gray color scheme.

Whole House Color Palette - Not sure how to create a whole house color palette? Let the paint company do the work for you!

Give it a try… just remember you still need to test the colors out in YOUR house with YOUR lighting conditions.

 

Whole House Color Palette - Not sure how to create a whole house color palette? Let the paint company do the work for you!

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Julie is a serial entrepreneur, marketer, former newspaper columnist, black belt bargain hunter, voracious reader, gardener, music lover, foodie, wino, avid party thrower, hopeless romantic, closet Parrot Head and DIY machine.

  • Jean | DelightfulRepast.com

    Julie, this is a gorgeous color scheme and a great idea! Love your house. Don’t know how you ever had the nerve to rent it (and everything in it) out! Glad you didn’t paint the front door.