Our Favorite Farmhouse Paint Colors

posted by Andrea | 05/16/2013

favorite farmhouse paint colors

Fun Fact: There are 85 different shades of white in the line of Behr paint at Home Depot! I’m sure I would love them all; however, I hope I never do that much painting — ever.

Dave and I closed on our first house 7 years ago this month — and we’ve been painting like crazy ever since. Well, I’m usually the one who paints, but Dave does the taping (and agrees to live in the mess of all my painting projects) so I still consider it a team effort!

I had never painted anything before we bought our first house, and I was sure I would mess something up. However, after a few long afternoons of painting, I started to get the hang of it and quickly realized just how easy (and inexpensive) it was to completely transform a piece of furniture or an entire room with just a little paint.

lots-of-paint

Painting isn’t necessarily my most favorite activity in the whole world, but I do enjoy it for the most part — and that’s good because we’ve gone through over 40 GALLONS of paint since we’ve moved into our farmhouse…

YIKES! 

Anyway, as I share more and more picture of the interior of our home, I continue to receive more and more emails asking about the different paint colors we use. And since I have a select few favorite colors I use over and over again, I thought it would be a good post topic.

Keep in mind, that I know absolutely NOTHING about interior design, I have no training, and I have never sought a professional opinion — these are simply the colors I like best (all of these colors are Behr colors – and no this is not a sponsored post.)

favorite paint colors

Ultra Pure White:

I use this color for all the trim — doors, windows, baseboard, crown molding, beadboard, etc.

Cottage White:

This color has a bit of a yellow undertone and it’s super cheery. It’s the color of our kitchen, Nora’s nursery, our hallway, and our office.

Antique White:

This color is more “tan” than “yellow”. I used this color in our living room, our master bedroom, and our master bathroom.

Gray Pearl:

I used this color in the bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. I really like it but I’m sure that whenever we renovate the upstairs, I’ll choose something a little more neutral :)

Bleached Denim:

We used this color for the upstairs landing area — and I really love it. The color looks quite purple in the picture below, but it really is more of a denim blue.

landing area

Black Smoke:

This color is only used for furniture - no black rooms in our house! We have lots and lots of black furniture and it all gets painted with Black Smoke.

Jungle Trail:

I use Jungle Trail a lot — on Dave’s dresser, the armoire in our living room, and our kitchen chairs to name a few. I usually go over it with a brown glaze to “dirty it up” a bit… but it’s definitely my favorite green color!

Awning Red:

If I had to pick a favorite accent color, Awning Red would be it. Red is my all-time favorite color for decorating (along with white of course) and this red is perfect for our farmhouse. My most favorite red piece is the hutch in our dining room.

Wooden Cabin:

This is another color I use for painting furniture — and it’s such a lovely deep brown color. Very rich, warm, and rustic.

favorite paint colors

So like I said before, I honestly know nothing about proper use of color or have any skill with interior design — these are just my favorite go-to colors after 7 years of painting (and way too many gallons of paint)!

Oh, and if you’re wondering why I always use Behr paint from the Home Depot — it’s simply because they almost always have a $5 rebate per gallon over Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. I usually buy 3-5 gallons of untinted paint to get the rebates, and then I bring the paint back in to be colored whenever I have a new project.

My next painting project…

Painting ALL the white railings around our front porch, back porch, and back entryway — which means I’ll be buying lots more white paint this Memorial Day :)

white railings

What are your favorite paint colors?

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25 comments

  1. Linda Dietz

    05/16/2013

    Thanks for the post about color! Color NEVER looks the same in your home as it did in the store. We recently painted our bedroom, hall, hall bath & laundry room what we thought was a good neutral beige. Looks ok but has some pink undertones that we’re not crazy about.
    In one house, we had a wonderful red accent wall. The relator advised us that it would never sell due to that red wall. It sold in a fairly short time…because the new owners fell in love with the red accent wall! You never can tell, huh?

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  2. Alissa

    05/16/2013

    Great post on paint! We are remodeling my husbands’ grandparents’ farm house so i am on the look out for paint colors! You mentioned that you buy paint at Home Depot when it’s on sale then take it back later and tint it. Do they charge you any extra for tinting it later? Is there a limit on how many you can purchase? Also what is your favorite finish..flat, satin, gloss? Thanks for all the great posts! Blessings!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    There is not an extra charge for the paint to be tinted — at least not at my Home Depot. And as far as the finish, it all depends on what look you like and what you’re painting. I’d just ask the person at the paint counter to show you some samples so you can get a feel for what you like.

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  3. Jo

    05/16/2013

    I love to paint!! I recently bought a house that is all freshly painted with beige neutrals… I want to freshen it up a bit with some color, but its hard to find the perfect shade and look! Thanks for sharing your favorite paint colors – its always fun to see how people implement color in their homes.

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  4. Tragic Sandwich

    05/16/2013

    I love love love Behr paints. When we moved in, we used Behr everywhere we painted (except the kitchen–Dutch Boy had a color we already knew we wanted there). Our bedroom is Monaco (blue), the office is Arizona (pumpkin-y orange), the living room and dining area are Butter Cookie (a subtle but not light shade of yellow, and my favorite), and Baguette’s room is Pot of Cream (just barely off-white, and my new favorite shade in that range).

    The only one I want to change is Arizona. The color itself is fine, but it makes that particular room seem small. One of these days we’ll get around to re-painting, but it’s lower on our priority list.

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  5. Lauren @ Rustic Honey

    05/16/2013

    I totally agree, paint can transform anything! The entire first floor of our farmhouse is beige with white trim. I love it but as we are transforming our second story, I want to change it up a bit. Thank you for all the color ideas. I am always attracted to shades on green in magazines but I never end up liking it as much in my own home. And since I’m not a huge fan of painting… re-painting is definitley not up my alley! This post will be a good guide for me. Thank you!

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  6. Crystal @ Puttering Mama

    05/16/2013

    Thank you for this post! I’m in the process of picking colors, and you’ve inspired me to maybe add color through painted furniture!

    Many blessings to you and your family this weekend:)

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Crystal. I’m a huge fan of neutral walls with accent colors in the furniture. It’s much easier to mix and match this way (or change your colors later on). Good luck!

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  7. Lynn

    05/16/2013

    I love the simplicity of your color palette and that you go back to the same colors over and over. That provides a nice continuity in your home I imagine! This would be great for me – I would avoid a lot of difficult decision-making over what color to paint!

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  8. debbie

    05/16/2013

    Very nice color selection. I really like them all. I tend to lean toward grays and blues mostly but I also love light shades of yellow and can never go wrong with creams.

    In your dining area, I absolutely love your flooring – can you tell me more about it when you get a chance?

    Thanks

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Debbie. You can read all about our flooring here. :)

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  9. annah

    05/16/2013

    May I ask where your armoires in your living room and landing came from? Also could you recommend a good site for slipcovered furniture? Love your sectional.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Annah, my armoire (along with almost all our furniture) is from craigslist. The sectional is from IKEA — they have a whole slip-covered line of furniture. Our armchairs are also slipcovered but I purchased those chairs on craigslist and paid to have custom slip covers made.
    Hope this helps!

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  10. Organize 365

    05/16/2013

    I love this! I had JUST decided to get rid of ALL our old paint this summer and keep better track of colors as I get ready to repaint rooms.

    Thanks!

    :)
    Lisa

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  11. Debby

    05/17/2013

    Thanks for the post. We are in the process of having a quote for a facelift on our kitchen. I was trying to tell the remodeling contractor that I wanted a red island. You should have seen the quizzical look in his eye! I love the Awning Red on your hutch. I will be at Home Depot this weekend picking up a swatch of that!!! :)

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  12. JoDi

    05/17/2013

    I love that photo of the railings out side your house! So pretty! I’m sure you’ve posted a photo of that view before, but I never really noticed it like I did in this post.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks JoDi — it is pretty, but I’m not necessarily looking forward to painting it all this spring!

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  13. Kalyn Brooke

    05/23/2013

    I like to use Valspars Cream Delight on all our trim. It’s white, but not too white, if that makes sense!

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    07/09/2013

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  15. joyce small

    10/23/2013

    I want to paint over colonial yellow in my kitchen/dining room and I want
    a lighter color. This color has to much orange in it and it is dark.
    I want to bring my kitchen/dining room into the 21st century
    so to speak and am tired of yellow paint. I like
    cottage white and wonder how would it look with oak cabinets
    and bisque appliances?

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    Andrea Reply:

    HI Joyce,
    I’m honestly not sure as I’ve never lived in a house with oak cabinets. I’ve always had white kitchen cabinets so I LOVE the look of Cottage White with all our white trim. You could always try a small area next to your cabinets and see if you like i first — or maybe ask someone in the paint department.

    Sorry I can’t be more help on this one :)

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  16. Kelley

    04/29/2014

    We LOVE Behr paint! It cover’s great, which makes it a good value, the colors are true, and it looks how I expect it to look. Our living room in our last two houses is the same green from them…I don’t know the name of it off the top of my head, but it’s pretty muted sage type green…we do it in semi-gloss for easy cleaning and I just love it. I love your color choices…I think I am going to take some inspiration from them for sure if we get our farm house, but I plan to throw some yellow into the mix…I love yellow and red for a farmhouse feel. :)

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    Andrea Reply:

    Oh yes, I love the yellow/red combo for farmhouses. In fact, our kitchen paint color has a hint of yellow and I absolutely LOVE it with our red hutch and other red kitchen accents!

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  17. Charlene Uchtman

    05/09/2014

    I thought I was the only one cheap enough to buy paint with a rebate, drag it home and then drag it back again to get it tinted. LOL! You do have to know what base to buy, but like you, I suspect, a light base would usually work for me. Lowes has similar rebates several times a year. If I had it to do all over again I would paint everything the same color and get the $20 off a 5 gal. pail. That would keep me from having so many partially used gallons and with my redish old trim work (which I won’t strip, too much work, and won’t paint, I’ll not be the first one to do that) a greyish white seems to work best anyway.
    And you can make your own slip covers by sewing a cylinder that is as big around as your piece of furniture and long enough to fold down over the back and tuck in around the seat. If you really want it to stay down, just make a cover for the seat seperately and that will hold the tucked part in.

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  18. Claire Carroll

    11/09/2014

    I like these colors. We are considering purchasing a house that has been foreclosed. The previous owners have removed all flooring and begun bathroom/kitchen renovations. It will need about $20,000 worth of work with us providing the labor.

    This is the color palette that I have been planning on. I love to see pics.

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