Details about the paint colors at the homes featured on the blog On Sutton Place. Includes inspiration for choosing paint colors, and ideas for blue and off-white.
Picking the perfect paint color is hard. Believe me, I’ve made my share of mistakes. Over the years, I’ve repainted more than one room because once I saw the color on the wall, it just wasn’t right. In both of our homes, I simplified the process of choosing by using the same neutral color throughout.
Sutton Place Interior Paint Colors
The neutral I used on Sutton Place was a custom mix from Sherwin Williams. Originally, way back when, I color-matched some doors in our living room. Once I started painting with that custom color, I just kept going. I’ve included below the information from the top of my paint can.
Sherwin Williams Alabaster
If you don’t want to go the custom route, Alabaster from Sherwin Williams is almost an exact match.
Sherwin Williams Naval
Now on to a little color. Navy paint colors are a challenge. I have tried over the years to find the perfect one. I didn’t have much success until I found Naval, again from Sherwin Williams.
Our front door on Sutton Place was painted Naval, along with some cupboards in our kitchen. In my opinion, it is a classic and true navy blue.
Sherwin Williams Windy Blue
For the kitchen walls I chose Windy Blue. It has just a hint of periwinkle, and is very fresh and bright.
HGSW Linwood Sands
Linwood Sands is the color on the walls in the dining room above the board and batten. It’s part of the HGTV Home line by Sherwin Williams, and is available at Lowe’s or any Sherwin Williams store.
Sherwin Williams Upward
Upward is the next lightest shade from Windy Blue, and I chose this color for the entry walls. Honestly, I couldn’t tell much difference between the two. I probably should have gone down 2 shades on the color strip. Live and learn!
Sutton Place Exterior Paint Colors
- I already discussed the front door color above.
- I have had many questions over the years about our exterior paint colors, mainly the siding and shutters of our home. The last time we had the whole house painted, and I was able to match the previous colors. All are from Sherwin Williams. Here’s the breakdown:
Siding: Morning Fog (flat finish)
Shutters: Grays Harbor (satin finish)
Front Door: Naval (satin finish)
Trim: Extra White (semi-gloss)
As you can see above, I am recommending a flat finish for exterior siding. Our siding was original to the house, which means it was 60 years old, and was slightly dented in some places. I made the mistake of painting it in a satin finish, and all of those imperfections popped out. I could have avoided that had I chosen a flat finish, but as I said earlier in the post, live and learn!
Sugar Maple Paint Colors
When we downsized and moved to the house on Sugar Maple Court, I knew I wanted our main living area painted a neutral color. I needed to match (or come close to matching) the existing kitchen cabinets. This proved to be easier than I had anticipated, because there was really only one color from Sherwin Williams that worked!
Sherwin Williams Snowbound
Our kitchen cabinets are white with a touch of gray, and after a lengthy process of elimination, I decided on Snowbound.
Sherwin Williams Modern Gray
Modern Gray is actually a very nice greige tone, and it’s perfectly neutral. We used it on the walls in our guest bedrooms, and I also chose Modern Gray for the board and batten in our foyer.
Sherwin Williams Distance
When we bought our current home, the door was painted white. I knew for sure it wasn’t going to stay that way! I had my heart set on painting it the same color as the Sutton Place house, but when we put the paint sample up on the door, Naval wasn’t right. It was too dark, and the door receded into the stone. In the end, I chose Distance, and love the way it looks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it OK to mix white and off white?
Mixing whites and ivories is something I do all the time. My honest opinion is that if you like it, do it. I mix white accessories with the other neutrals in my decor. I have some bright white ironstone that looks beautiful on the same shelf with the ivory ironstone. I have some vintage quilts that are blue & white. At one time, when I was younger, I don’t think I would have mixed the white and ivory. Now I am much more relaxed, and don’t worry about it!
What sheen do you use for your walls and trim?
In both houses, I used a satin finish on the walls, and a semi-gloss finish on the trim and interior doors. For our front doors, I used an exterior satin finish.