Paint Color Trends for 2014

by Whitney on January 19, 2014

For over a year, I’ve been working with my friend, Holly Mathis, on updating my house. She’s been a dream to work with. She is full of ideas, but coaches me along, and lets me make my own decisions. Since we have been a on a very limited budget, I’ve resorted frequently to one of the most cost effective ways to update a house: paint.

Years ago, when I was studying design, I did an internship with Tulsa decorator Charles Faudree. The paint colors on trend at that time were warm yellows, browns, and reds, and the paint trends have shifted, literally, to the other end of the spectrum. I’ve been very inspired by the blue-gray-greens of Swedish design, and have worked on repainting the rooms in our house from the golden and red tones to grays and greens. I made the paint color board below to help me get an idea about the palettes going in our house, and thought it would be fun to share with you all.

Home Paint Colors from @WhitneyEnglish

Here is a little bit of insight onto each of these colors:

  • Pratt & Lambert Contemplation – This is the color in our bedroom. It’s a rich blue-gray-green, and would be very dark in a closed space. Our bedroom has a big, bright window, and so it works in that space. I’ve also seen it used very successfully on exterior shutters for a great, brighter French blue.
  • Pratt & Lambert Manchester – This is a cooler gray blue that we’ll be using in our kitchen when it needs it’s next coat of paint.
  • Benjamin Moore Gray Owl – Gray Owl comes across very blue, to me. It’s a true gray, but it doesn’t have an ounce of tan in it. I tried it in a north-facing room one time, and it came off too blue for me. I have it in a south-facing room now, and it works well as a good neutral. Without any natural light on it, I feel like it turns blue.
  • Sherwin Williams Agreeably Gray – We paint our brick exterior last year, and this is the color we went with. It’s pale enough to lean towards white, in the sunlight, but just warm enough to keep it from being sterile. It leans just a hair towards tan, but not too much.
  • Benjamin Moore Pale Oak – I got this color suggestion from my friend, Shannon Ho. I love it. It’s almost the most perfect color ever.
  • Benjamin Moore Horizon – We’ve been using this color for ceilings. It’s just a little bit blue, and not at all green, and I like the idea of blue ceilings, but don’t want them to look BLUE, so it’s perfect for that. Pairs brilliantly with Pale Oak.
  • Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray – Holly suggested this for my boys’ room. Since there isn’t a lot of light in that room, it reads very “battleship gray”, which works for boys. We’ve also used it in their bathroom, and it’s very blue. Holly suggested that it looks great with red accents, and I completely agree, so I’ll be looking to add touches of red to their room with this.
  • Restoration Hardware The Right White – Oh my goodness, do I love this color. I painted all the trim and cabinets in my first house this color, and when I moved to this house, I tried to make a move to something creamier, and hated it. I love how crisp and bright this white is. It’s almost a pure white. It’s not great with kids–I do find myself wiping down cabinets all the time, but I keep a can on hand for touch-ups.
  • Pratt & Lambert Lambswool – This was a Charles Faudree color. I’ve seen it on walls, and it’s tan, with a nod towards gray. On trim and cabinets, it looks gray, with a nod towards tan. It’s really a true taupe. We don’t currently have this color anywhere in our house, but I added it into this batch because I think it would be a great color for kitchen cabinets.
  • Pratt & Lambert Pearl White – This is a bluer version of Manchester. If you want a room that feels like a pale blue-gray, this would be a good options.
  • Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter – This is a lighter version of Lambswool. It reads gray on walls, without blue.
  • Pratt & Lamber Arrowroot – This is similar to the color we have in our entry, hallways, and our old guest bedroom. I’m a little bit tired of it, but it reads so neutral, and hides dirt, so it’s going to be hard to change.

If you’re on a paint search, I hope some of these suggestions help!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

LLH Designs January 19, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Manchester is one of my favorites! My kitchen and studio in Houston were Manchester. Used it again in my master and sitting room here on the farm. I like that it has a little moodiness to it. Not just straight up gray. Happy 2014 to you!


Julie@jam-n-jilly January 20, 2014 at 2:13 am

I absolutely love BM pale oak. We just recently painted the entire interior of our home with it. It’s a perfect neutral in my opinion:)


penny sampler January 20, 2014 at 5:32 pm

love all these colors! in fact… My whole house interior trim is lambswool and my walls are lambswool x 2. My kitchen cabinets are lambswool and very slightly glazed in the cracks with dark brown glaze. I HEART lambswool :) And I have pops of red all over :)


diana January 21, 2014 at 2:28 am

I love Holly! She has helped me with 3 houses now. Love the idea of horizon on the ceilings! might just copy that! You are so right paint is such a great way to change a room… quickly and inexpensively.


Sherry Hart January 21, 2014 at 12:17 pm

I couldn’t pin those colors fast enough! Such good neutrals….some I have used before. I have been a fan of Lambswool for years….glad to see it was on your list!


Trisha Troutz January 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm

I just read your guest post over at Holly Mathis and I’m so excited to see what you both put together! This color scheme is beautiful. I’m always searching for great paint colors and keep a box of them in my house. I didn’t know you worked for Charles Faudree – how amazing! What you must have learned that you’ll never forget. I love that you threw in the Restoration Hardware Right White because the “right white” is always hard to find. Thanks for putting these together for all of us!


Amanda January 21, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Holly helped me with my family room awhile back. Loved her! Love this list. I used lots of yellows/red too 10 years ago when we moved in and now I’m like you, room by room trying to go more neutral and minimalist. Thank you for sharing. And Charles Faudree??? Wow!!!! Love his work :)


Staci Amy January 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Just read your post on Holly’s blog! What a lovely lovely post!!!! Totally love everything Holly does! Hopefully will be using her to get my house in ship shape this year!!!! Your family is precious…that pic of your littles on your bed and that little one with the glasses….I DIE!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for your post! I live in Edmond by the way!!! Yay Oklahoma!


Kris January 29, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Love ….Contemplation I used it in my dad ‘s bedroom he is elderly and has a live in care taker.
The room has lots of light so the tones change though out the day. The mood always seem bright even on gloomy days.
Thanks for the post.


Julie February 8, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I just love your blog! Glad I found it upon googling BM Pale Oak paint color! I have used the beautiful color in most of my home, and am always getting compliments on it. I also love BM Revere Pewter and have used it in my living room and kitchen.


Colette March 27, 2014 at 9:37 pm

I want to paint my living room pale oak. My trim is cc-50 white down. Shoul I repaiy my trim?


janette price April 16, 2014 at 2:58 am

I’m looking for a gray/blue/green paint color. I have a knotty pine vaulted ceiling, medium oak floors. This room is a large dining room with one large window, but does not get much direct sunlight. Any suggestions?

Thanks so much!


Painting my Home May 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Great post! Been reading a lot about choosing colors for my home. Thanks for the info here!


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