Open Concept Color Palette

Here is a look at the colors we used to create variety in our open concept home.  As you may have noticed, my love for grays is unwavering.  I never quite hopped on the beige trend, I have always been a gray girl!  Blue-gray, green-gray, gray-gray….I love them all!  So naturally, I have successfully covered my house in as many grays as my husband would allow.

While I use a variety of paint products, Sherwin Williams is my go to paint store.  To be honest, this is mainly because it is just a mile up the street from my house.  Aside from convenience, I do love their colors and paints, they are always friendly in the store, and they are very knowledgeable!

After painting all of these rooms it is safe to say that I probably deserve a frequent flyer discount…after all, I am pretty sure the girls have my number memorized for perk rewards.

 

Take a look below and be sure to let me know what you think!


The Living Room and Kitchen:

My goal with this house was to create a coastal feel without being “beachy”.  Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams really helped me accomplish this.  This gorgeous coastal color transforms beautifully based on what is around it.  This color transitions smoothly to all the other rooms, which is perfect as it is at the center of the house.

As you can see, we have already started introducing our navy accent color in with some artwork.  Our blue couch is being delivered this week!

 

The Dining Room and Front Door: 

For our dining room we took a tip from the back of the Sea Salt paint chip card and went with the coordinating color of Summit Gray.  It transitions wonderfully at the corner, and we tied it all together by also painting our front door Summit Gray.  It looks great with the Sea Salt surrounding it!

 

The Guest Bathroom:

Off of our living room is our guest bathroom.  In here we used Light French Gray, which bounces off our glass subway tiles and gives them a cool gray look.

We painted the vanity with Peppercorn, which is a great dark gray with a blue tone to it.  It paired really well with our dark charcoal tile floor!  Coincidentally, it also plays into our navy accent plan 🙂

 

The Master Bedroom:

Lastly, in our master suite, we went with the warmer Colonnade Gray.  This is another one of those grays that can look very different in a variety of light.  It helps that we have 3 walls worth of windows as well as some placed higher up closer to the top of the cathedral ceiling.  Full disclosure:  I stole this color from my mom’s recent kitchen renovation, and she stole it from my sister.  So I will give credit where credit is due….thank you Kerry!

 

The Master Bathroom:

Right off of the master bedroom is our ensuite master bath.  My husband requested blue, so naturally, I found a blueish gray to match all of these other colors!  Bonus: It goes so perfectly with marble.

 

Trim and Liquor Cabinet:

All of these colors go so well with Sherwin Williams Extra White trim paint.  I could (and possibly will) write a whole post about trim paint, but for now, all you need to know is that this color is bright, clean, and really stands out!  It is my go to trim color for everything.  I even painted our new built-in liquor cabinet with it.  I suggest a semi-gloss or higher to keep it looking beautiful for years to come!

 

 

 

Here is a list of all the colors we used with their specific location:

*Keep in mind that they may appear different based on your computer screen.  Next time you are in a Sherwin Williams store be sure to pick up the paint chips (or a sample) for the most accurate depiction of the color!*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trying to create your own color palette for your open concept home?  Here are a few quick tips to get you started:

 

  1. “Open concept” is not synonymous with having to use only one color throughout.  Don’t be afraid to use different colors in each designated space.
  2. Stick to the same sheen on all the walls, this will enhance cohesiveness even if they are different colors.
  3.  Use natural barriers to transition colors.  (i.e. corners, entry ways, etc.)  You never want to switch colors mid wall.
  4.  Try to move from lighter to progressively darker colors so that the eye is naturally drawn to the depth of the room (see our dining room wall, it is the darkest wall in the house, and it is also the last wall on that side of the house)
  5. Trim color, and ceiling color should be consistent throughout.
  6. Accent colors should be placed throughout to create balance and cohesion throughout rooms.

 

 

Have you used any of these colors in your home?  If you have, I would love to hear about it in the comments section!  Feel free to include pictures 🙂

 


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  1. JustAskKo

    August 16, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I love the use of many grays. I like lixing grays with light blues. Your home looks cozy, which I think is what a good gray should embody. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Laura Cameron

      August 16, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Thanks! It does help make it feel cozy! Especially on rainy days 🙂

  2. Coastal Kelder

    August 16, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I love using grays as my neutral wall color because I can use the color of the decor to make a room pop! And change it whenever I want without any heavy lifting..

    1. Laura Cameron

      August 16, 2017 at 9:49 am

      So true! It goes with everything while also not being boring like beige.

  3. damnimfifty

    August 17, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Never liked beige either till my wife wife put it in her restaurant. Seems to me it has a positive mood impact. Still I doubt there will be much of it in the house when all is said and done.

  4. brilliantviewpoint

    August 18, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    This was a great post. Loved how you showed the walls and how from room to room the colors blend in nicely. It looks beautiful and appreciate the tips for choosing our own color palettes.

    1. Laura Cameron

      August 18, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks so much! It’s nice to hear from you 🙂

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