6 No-Fail Whole House Paint Color Palettes

I thought I’d continue today on the theme of paint! If you’ve been reading along I’ve already covered the Berrybrier whole house paint color palette and how to pick paint colors. I’ve got something juicy today: a round up of 5 paint color palettes that will work in nearly every home! Picking paint can be daunting, so I’m taking the guess work out of it for you. I headed to my local Benjamin Moore paint store (Dick’s Color Center for you Portland locals) and pulled some fun color palettes that will work for anyone. I’ve included some descriptions of where I can envision each color palette, but these are just jumping off points, each palette would work in any style home! And, if you want to dive into diagnosing your own personal design style, check out this post here!

Again, don’t take these pictures too literally, these palettes would work in a home of any style, but I wanted to give you a visual idea of how these colors could work with design styles too. I’ve also played around with how each of these paints could define different rooms, again, this is all open to interpretation, but it’s fun to go on a little imaginary house tour right? Let’s begin!

Americana Paint Palette


First, I wanted to dive into a true Americana palette of red, white, and blue. This can be a tricky color palette and when done wrong, it can look like Fourth of July threw up in your house! But don’t worry! I’m here to make sure that doesn’t happen. These colors will allude to our primary hues, but keep things sophisticated and mature.

For this Americana palette I see a lot of muted tones in the main spaces so bold patterned fabrics can pop. Edgecomb Gray is the main living room and hallways color with Seapearl as the trim paint. The kitchen has tonal paints with Edgecomb Gray on the walls but a contrasting Bleeker Beige on the cabinetry. A dining room goes dynamic in Hearth Red. Alexandria Beige puts on a moody vibe in the study and Hale Navy creates an impactful entry. The Master Bedroom is light in Manchester Tan and a guest room brings in Bleeker Beige again. A delightful pink powder room in Amaryllis is a nod to the deeper toned dining room.

Spanish Style Paint Palette

Design: Orlando Sorio, via

Spanish style homes are famous for having plaster arched doorways which means there are often fewer cased openings to start and stop paint colors. This is why many Spanish Style homes have clean white walls and a riot of colors in their furniture pieces!

Spanish style homes are the types of home that can take a good dose of color in the secondary spaces which is what I had planned for this palette. The main paint would wrap through the majority of the house and be the light and bright white Feather Down and would contrast from the dark Tavern Charcoal trim paint. The master bedroom would get a splash of Louisburg Green paint which would create a great backdrop for bold reds in textiles like bedding. A master bathroom vanity or living room architectural element would be highlighted in Georgian Brick. Kitchen Cabinets would be painted Brewster Gray, a sophisticated blue tone that looks great with copper and iron. A powder bathroom or even pantry near the kitchen would be a step darker in Knoxville Gray. Guest rooms would round out the palette with Jade Romanesque in a darker north facing room and Copley Grey in a more subtle, brightly lit space.

Modern Minimalist Paint Palette

This palette is cool, crisp, and clean. It’s very neutral, with minimal color. It feels modern and classic. Saturated hues in secondary spaces punch up the palette and generate excitement.

Revere Pewter | Steam | Finnie Gray
Wind’s Breath | Carter Gray

By nature, the modern minimalist paint palette is — well — minimalist! The few colors repeat throughout the house for a cohesive and calm feel. The popular warm grey tone Revere Pewter graces the main spaces with a crisp white trim color: Steam. A bathroom is painted Finnie Gray for a subtle contrast. The master bedroom goes bright and light in Wind’s Breath, while a guest room goes deep in Carter Gray.

Bold Traditional Color Palette

William Brockschmidt, Brockschmidt & Coleman via House Beautiful

This color palette is a riot of color and fun. It pairs well with funky, colorful wallpapers and a sense of humor. I can see this in the home of a traditionalist who likes to have some excitement in their lives. It’s a palette that needs a house with lots of trimwork and all cased openings to allow transitions of colors between rooms. This color palette is not for the faint of heart, but boy do I love it!

The shadowy and smaller entry of this stately home is painted Hodley Red with the barely contrasting Townsend Harbor Brown trim, moody oil portraits line the walls. The sunroom is light and bright in Grey Mist with White Dove trim and leads into the kitchen where the paints stay the same and cabinets in Tate Olive provide a dramatic flair. The dining room is stately in the blue green Narragansett Green color with crisp White Dove trim. The sunny formal living room is Summerdale Gold with Livingston Gold trim and filled with a mix of dark and light furniture.

Cottage Paint Palette


This color palette I can image in a cute cottage home, like the darling house Kate Winslet’s character resides at in the movie the Holiday. It’s a cozy palette, with an old world feel that just makes you want to curl up by the fireplace with a good book and a blanket.

This is the perfect palette for a smaller home, I really picture the cutest little English cottage style home with lots of architectural wall treatments. White Dove is the main color and sweeps through the living room and hallways with a darker trim in Ice Formations. Rockport Gray becomes the kitchen cabinets to create a cozy little space next to the main wall and trim color. A powder room gets a punch with trim and wainscotting in Castle Walls and Dove Wing above the paneling. A small mudroom or entry is full of built-ins and floor to ceiling V-groove wall paneling, Rainy Afternoon coats these architectural elements, the trim, and the ceiling creating a moody little space perfect for removing rain boots. Cromwell Gray is the master bedroom paint creating another cozy, dark space perfect for winter hibernation.

Mid-Century Modern

This color palette is a fan of modern brown tones (and brown is in again, my friends!) that pair well with fun accent colors. It’s a great palette for modernizing your new mid-century home or for adding some fun to another style space! This color palette doesn’t take itself too seriously.

For this, I’d paint the main spaces of the house in Alaskan Skies with Glacier White as the trim color throughout the home. I’d paint an old brick fireplace the vibrant Grenada Villa to liven it up. Kitchen cabinets in Stuart Gold make a bold and sunny statement. The master bedroom goes calm and sultry in Stampede while a guest room gets a happy shade of Pumpkin Patch on the walls. A powder bathroom or a separate dining room gets a jolt of color in Burnt Sienna to round out the palette.

Are you painting your home soon? Which color palette is your favorite? Is there anything else you’d like to know about paint colors? Let me know in the comments below! I’m enjoying writing this paint series!

9 thoughts on “6 No-Fail Whole House Paint Color Palettes

  1. I just discovered your blog and I LOVE it!! I LOVE your whole paint pallet ideas, and that it’s not typical like everyone else’s colors. I have tried & tried for house paint colors and can’t seem to figure it out. We bought a remodeled mid century modern home. Our wood floors are that late 1990’s – 2000’s red floors. A warm cherry color. What whole house color?? I understand color, tones, etc.; but for some reason I cannot figure this one out.

    1. Aww thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! If your floors are a red orange color definitely go with a palette of cool paint tones. Avoid any neutrals with a green undertone. The English Cottage palette might be a good place to start!

  2. I am painting with Manchester tan by need a color for an adjacent room that goes with Manchester tan. The room in question has wine colored chairs and black and beige couch with a red antique chest. I don’t know what would go but not look to light or dark. Thanks for any help!

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  4. Laurel, do you think Alaskan Skies can be substituted for Ice Formations in the English Cottage palette? Alaskan Skies has a higher light reflectance value. And if so, switch to Glacier White for trim or stick with Dove Wing?

  5. Im in a quandry. My sofa is Manchester Tan color and the leather accent chairs are a tad darker than Alexander Beige. I would love suggestions on paint color for livingroom walls with an east facing windows. Thank you.

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