The best modern farmhouse paint colors. Includes multiple real life examples from our fixer upper Victorian farmhouse that has been renovated and answers the ever popular “what are the best neutral paint colors?”
Whether it’s an image I share on my Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram…the question I get asked the most is “what color is that on your walls?” I am finally sharing all of the paint colors in one place – here you can see all of our picks for the best modern farmhouse paint colors.
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Modern farmhouse paint colors:
First – make sure you read my post all about how you should start choosing neutral paint colors for your house. The major take-away point from that post is, before you commit to any paint colors… TEST FIRST WITH PAINT SAMPLES. You may like how the paint color looks in my home, and it could look really different in your home.
Also important – make sure you’re using the right tools for the job! Here’s my (affiliate) link for my favorite paint brushes of all time (I seriously won’t use any other ones!)
Our favorite neutral paint color: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
This is the color we painted our family room and hallways. It’s a warm “greige” – which means it looks beige in some lights and gray in others. I love that it’s a true greige and doesn’t have yellow or blue tints to it. I personally think it’s the perfect “hallway color”, and looks beautiful with wood tones.
We re-painted our kitchen recently and LOVED Revere Pewter, but our kitchen gets such a small amount of natural light, that we used this paint trick for a dark room with Revere Pewter. Read all about how to do this here – it’s a great hack! We had it lightened 75% and I am in LOVE with the color:
A true gray: Sherwin Williams Repose Gray
This is my current favorite gray paint color. It’s a nice true gray, and doesn’t have colored undertones. We put it with a lot of wood tones, crisp white, and navy blue accents in our office (you have to see the color on the back of the bookshelves – it looks great with the Repose Gray!). It also looks beautiful with some light pink and cream accents in my daughter’s nursery.
My old favorite greige: Martha Stewart Sharkey Gray
I LOVED this color in our last house (we used it in the kitchen) so we used it again in this kitchen. I’m not sure if the color was mixed differently, or if it just doesn’t look as spectacular in this house…but I’m just not head over heels in love with it like I was in our last house. But because it’s looked so good in our other home, I’ll still give it a place of honor in this post.
We recently repainted our kitchen and took out the Sharkey Gray, so it’s no longer in our home. See what it looks like now in this post or see the picture in the “Revere Pewter” section above.
The BEST navy: Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
It’s fun to experiment with some bold color in your home, and navy has become almost a neutral! It accents any of the other colors in this post SO well, and we love it with our subway tile in our small bathroom and board & batten in our son’s room.
A cool and calming bedroom color: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
We used Sea Salt in our master bedroom for a calming and serene feeling. I’ve also seen it used in bathrooms for a subtle spa feel, and it looks really beautiful! It looks great with crisp white trim – we get asked about this color a lot!
Updated to add: We changed our bedroom – if I’m honest, I didn’t love Sea Salt! Read all about it here:
Come read about this really popular paint color that we used in this post
Great door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron
We decided to paint our front door a moody dark gray color, and then we loved it so much that we painted our interior entryway doors this gray too! While I love white and neutrals, it was a nice contrast to paint the doors in this color, and we’re so glad we did. It’s a great dark gray that we’ve really fallen in love with.
We also painted our door in our dining area and I am in LOVE with the contrast it provided in our space! See more about the makeover in this post:
What about trim paint?
And since people ask me all. the. time. about our white trim paint – here’s the scoop:
it’s un-tinted off-the-shelf white trim paint: semigloss
No tinting, no special tricks…very simple and easy to remember! 🙂 We love Benjamin Moore’s brand – it looks like this:
Updated to add: we used HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams “White Cotton” for our bathroom makeover, as well as Benjamin Moore “Salamander”. See more of them in this bathroom makeover here.
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