My House: Paint Colors

This post is long overdue. I get many emails from readers asking me to post the wall paint colors in my house. I promised each of them I would get this posted soon.  For all of you that have asked – thanks for being so patient.

Wall paint colors bloggers use

The paint colors on the walls in my house are all on the lighter end of the color range.  Ed and I have found with lots of trial and error that we like white and light colors on our walls. We know because we have painted many rooms over the years in a wide range of colors – light and dark.

Some of the wall colors that I used are custom made colors by me!  To use up leftover paint, I have been known to mix leftover colors to get one gallon of paint in a new color I like.   In the rooms where I did this, I looked through my paint chip decks from Glidden, Sherwin Williams, and Benjamin Moore to find a match to list here.

I use all brands of paint, a satin finish on the walls, and semi-gloss or gloss on the trim.

Trim Color

First floor:  Sherwin Williams – Alabaster #7008, except in my Studioffice. It is Glidden Trim & Door paint in Extra High Gloss White GL-100

Bedrooms:  Sherwin Williams – Antique White #6119

Front Door


Sherwin Williams:  Dewberry #6552  Gloss

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Benjamin Moore:  Edgecomb Gray  #HC-173

Stencil on walls – Glidden – White White  Stencil Pattern on far wall:  Large Marrakesh Trellis Moroccan pattern from Royal Design Stencils.

Dining Room



Benjamin Moore – Shelburne Buff  #HC-28.

Since painting the corner hutch turquoise and stripping the table and finishing it with a Driftwood Finish, I want to repaint this room soon.  Not sure what color yet, but when I post about it, I will add it here.


Office-desk In My Own Style blog

Walls:  Glidden – Pink Petal White

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Family Room


Walls:  Sherwin Williams – Natural Choice  #7011



Walls: Sherwin Williams – Natural Choice #7011

Cabinets:  Sherwin Williams – Pure White #7005.

I have to paint the rest of the trim in the kitchen to match this. It is still the original to the house trim color – Sherwin Williams Antique White #6119. You can see it on the door.

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Wallpaper:  Graham and Brown Vinyl Grasscloth  Pattern # 25-221A

I bought it at Lowes. They still carry it.



Walls: Glidden –  Gentle Clarity #A1233   Glidden Crisp Linen White WGW47

The room is in the middle of a makeover that is not finished yet, but I wanted to include it in this post.  I stripped the room down to the bare bones and have been working my way around it.   I will have a few new photos to show you soon when the room is completed.



Previous color:  Sherwin Williams Rural Green #6418

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Master Bedroom


Walls: Rhythmic Blue #6806

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Master Bath


Walls:  Sherwin Williams – Natural Choice #7011

Accent wall around shower:   Graham and Brown Vinyl Grasscloth  Pattern # 25-221A

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Guest Room

3D-Mirror-Gallery-on wall

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Walls:  Sherwin Williams Softer Tan #6141

Hall Bathroom

Hall Bath-Window-Bi

Board and Batten and trim:  Valspar Bistro White  Semi-gloss

Walls above board and batten:  I made this color by mixing two colors of paint together to match the tub surround. I matched it to:  Benjamin Moore Palace White #OC-100

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As I repaint walls – which I do a lot :)  I will update this post.

Now for all of you who have asked for a list of the paint colors I used for the furniture makeovers I have posted – coming soon.


You can tour the entire house and see more photos and the details in each room, here.


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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your stunning home with us !! Your choice of wall colors is magnificent!!
    May I ask in the rooms with Sw 7011 Natural Choice did you cut the color down at all or is that full scale? Thank you ?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Deanna – I used the color Natural Choice at 100%. I didn’t cut it down at all.

  2. I have had no luck with spray painting. I’ve tried it on so many projects. I want to paint a plastic file cabinet. Can I use a brush? And how is the best way to prepare the surface. It will be getting a lot of use. I’m putting it the bathroom. It will be getting exposure to steam.

  3. I was wondering what type of finish you used for the rural green laundry room color? Was it flat, semi gloss, etc.?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Taylor – I used an eggshell finish.

  4. I am so glad I found your site. Love your home and style!!!

    Question: I was all set to paint my living room, dining and kitchen in Natural Choice. When I painted swatches on the wall, I loved it. Actually I love it until the sun sets. It then becomes very green. Have you noticed the same issue?

    I have a white berber carpet with grayish tint and small brown threats. Sounds awful, but it is very neutral and subtle.

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
    Cindy Woodward

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Cindy –

      The green color cast does not occur in my rooms where Natural Choice is on the walls, but the light your room gets is truly playing a factor. This is why it is so important to paint swatches on a wall like you did with colors to see how the light in the room during all times of the day affects the color. You may have a lot of trees around your property that contribute to the green color cast or it could be just the way the shadow and light play up in the room.

      I would grab a few more color swatches and check how each one looks on your walls and choose the one that looks good all day and evening long. Have you checked out these SW colors? One of these might look better: Creamy, Downy, Pearly White, White Duck, and Toque White

      1. So glad I found you! I love SW Natural Choice although I have a client who wants to use BenMoore colors. Do you know of a BM color that is close to Natural Choice? Thanks so much!

        1. Diane Henkler says:

          Hi Heather – I don’t know what BMoore color is like Natural Choice. I would get it color matched by giving the SW Natural Choice name and number to the Ben Moore paint dealer. They can mix it up in their brand easily.

          1. Good point- was hoping to compare paint chips but that’s prob too difficult. Thanks!

  5. Diane ~ found the post on the dining room table. I think I have night blindness LOL.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Valerie –

      I did use a product called Driftwood Finish. I love it, although the only downfall is that you can’t use poly over it or it will darken. I left mine un sealed and I have to be careful about getting water stains on it. If you need to seal your piece I would recommend trying Minwax stain in Driftwood or Sunbleached. Check out my post I did about my chairs to see the product.

  6. Diane ~ thank you for your reply. I found the pulls under the post for painting the sideboard. Have you posted how you did your dining table in a driftwood finish? I’ve been looking for a post about how to do it. Been wanting to do the same to my dining table. Did you just use a driftwood stain? I couldn’t find a picture of the table on your site. I’ll keep searching for a DIY…

  7. Lois Black says:

    Love your home. You are so creative. It inspires me. Great job!!!

  8. Do you have any more after pictures of the daybed you painted? I have that exact same daybed and would love to see how it turned out. THANK YOU!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Nerissa – Sorry I don’t have a photo of it with the mattress in it. Once I painted the bed in my garage it went into a moving truck to my daughters apartment. Her room was so small and dark that I could not get a good shot of it.

  9. Diane,
    You really got me thinking, since those shelves aren’t available anymore. I might try to rig one up with some PVC and some wire shelves!

    I love your decorating ideas! I bought everything to make the giant monograms today (that was what got me to your site).

  10. I have recently discovered your awesome blog and am going to do the monograms soon! I would like to know where you got (or if you made) the shelf over your washer and dryer? We live in military housing and have a garage laundry. Something like that shelf would be great since it doesn’t look permanent.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Joanna – Your question about the shelves over my washer/dryer is the #1 question I receive. I bought it at a store called Clover 20 years ago. The store was like a small Walmart. I have searched online for them, but they do not make them anymore. Someone should since I can know for a fact they would be a big seller.

  11. I love your work. I want to try to do this tomorrow in my bathroom. As a senior homemaker it looks like I can do it. Thank you.

  12. I’d love to know how you hung your picture frames in the guest bedroom, so neat!! Also, the dresser in there has a print on the top, how did you do that? SO creative and inspired by these! I’m a new mom and a new to the stay-at-home mother/one income household now, so any way I can decorate on a dime excited me lol

  13. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    Awwwh thank you ever so much Nancy Wharton. I have only EVER purchased reject paint….. but that only works for tinted…. I was so desperately wanting a very shiny, glossy, purest white for my baseboards….. yes, I am laughing too. I want a white with at least an ounce of pure white pigment added……. yes, again, I know. lol

  14. Nancy Wharton says:

    Sheryll & Critters
    Don’t give up on your house or your dreams. I’m on Social Seurity too.
    If you go to Lowe’s Paint Department and Home Depot contractors Department they often have paint at a deep discount. (rejects) I have gotten some great colors of paint at $5.00 per gallon. Also check your magazines for free samples at Lowe’s. I am picking up some great tricks from Diane. Of course there is always Garage Sales. I bought a great dresser from my neighbor for $20.00 + $5.00 for paint.

    Keep busy and you won’t have time to be depressed.


  15. Sandra {simpleispretty} says:

    Diane, love your house colours, everything looks so clean, bright and pretty! Thanks for letting us know your sources for your great paint color choices!

  16. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    You already know that I am in total love with everything about your home that you have designed…… ya know my wish list and all is still about your decor.

    It is just that January o1, 2014 has hit me very hard…. crushed me as a retired on Social Security…. what a slap in the face for me…… rude, rude and ruder! So I can no longer even hope to fix the broken parts, much less hope to make it pretty……… darn them and all.

  17. I love your home… It looks so clean, crisp and comfortable.

    I love your antique pieces too. Is your home a historical house?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Bobbi –
      Thanks. My home is only 21 years old. It is a classic center hall colonial with a facade made to look like it is old. :)

  18. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see the new color you select for your dining room. Love the hutch. Are you planning bold and bold? It would be so fun! Hope you have a great weekend!