Farmhouse-inspired design has become wildly popular among homeowners, and for a good reason – the style exudes the type of coziness and warmth you want when you walk into your home at the end of a long day. And, while many have transformed their spaces with the rustic-chic style in mind, you’re not sure where to begin.
Fortunately, there’s one easy place to start, and that’s with the paint color you’ll brush onto your walls. Modern farmhouse design typically incorporates soft tones, especially in these five foolproof shades.
The right white for your farmhouse must be somewhere between a warm and cold undertone. The former will become too yellow, thus pushing your farmhouse-inspired style into the realm of country. Meanwhile, a bluish-white will feel too cold and stark, which is precisely the opposite of what the farmhouse style aims to accomplish.
So, slightly warm but mostly neutral alabaster is the perfect shade to consider if you want white walls in your abode. Even if you’re going to use a more pigmented paint, consider alabaster for your crown molding, baseboards, doors, etc. Oh, and of course, it is the perfect color for your shiplap wall, should you choose to install one in your modern farmhouse.
Oh so warm and inviting!
Here’s another farmhouse classic, and one that’s between two traditional neutrals, to boot. Greige meets in the middle of gray and beige, so it’s slightly warmer than a regular gray without becoming a dull, builder-grade khaki color.
An additional benefit to choosing a gray-infused neutral is that it’s a super-popular color choice these days. On top of that, the right gray will work in just about any space. Your kitchen, bathroom, living room and even your master bedroom will look great in shades of gray to greige.
Such an amazing color that blends seamlessly with any Home Decor Style
3. Light Gray
Another option from the same family is a pure gray, just one that’s a little bit lighter on the color spectrum. A gray that’s too saturated can feel too cool or stark for your farmhouse-inspired space. If you can’t find the right shade at your local hardware store, ask for a custom blend. Have the technician cut the darker gray with white until it achieves the light-but-not-too-light shade of gray you’re looking for.
Joanna Gaines uses a soft light grey that is simply dreamy.
If a neutral backdrop doesn’t suit your style, you’re in luck — there’s the classic blue-green hue to fall back on, and you can use it in just about any room of your home.
Joanna Gaines uses a lightly green and blue paint for this Nautical Room
A soft green-blue graces your farmhouse with the perfect amount of color, and many blends will give your space an ever-changing appearance. For instance, you will notice moments in natural light when the walls appear to be a brighter or different shade than the one you painted onto the walls. From others who have chosen this color for their farmhouses, we hear this is one of the best parts of a blue-green space.
Another option is to go with a shade that’s bluer or greener for a bit more variety in your farmhouse. Although you should always choose a soft shade — farmhouses tend to come with muted tones — you can slide up and down the blue-green spectrum to find your right blend of colors.
5. Light Anything Else
The above four shades are undoubtedly the most popular options for a farmhouse-inspired abode. However, you might envision another shade for your place, whether it’s a soft pink for a nursery or a creamy yellowy-white for your foyer.
This light pink plaster is pretty amazing!
You can make all these shades work in your farmhouse, so long as they are light. An intensely pigmented color won’t work on your walls, at least as far as the modern farmhouse goes. So, don’t be shy to paint on an extra-light version of your favorite hue, even if it’s not on this list. By reducing the amount of pigment, you’ll make the shade as much of a farmhouse color as it could ever be.
Make Sure It’s Perfect
Now that you have the top five farmhouse-ready hues in mind, it’s time to go shopping for the right gallon of paint. Don’t buy a color based on the paint chip alone, though — you’ll want to bring samples home to make sure you choose the right option from all your potential hues.
Brush a bit of each paint option onto your wall, let them dry, then observe. You might find the color you thought was perfect beneath the hardware store’s fluorescent lights is too blah for your home. Alternatively, a light shade might be overly pigmented if your home doesn’t get much natural light. Buy more samples and test them as well to be sure you’ve landed on the right color.
Most importantly of all, though, you have to love the color you choose. Even if it’s not on the above list of options, all that matters is that it’s the right shade for your version of the farmhouse. So, grab a roller and get to painting — you have a cozy abode to create with that can of paint you just bought.
What color do you favor???
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