Paint Colors in Our Modern-Style Farmhouse

It seems like several people that I know or talk to are getting ready to or are in the midst of sprucing up their home. I’ve had quite a few inquiries about the paint colors in our modern-style farmhouse. Ask and you shall receive!

Paint Colors in Our Modern-Style Farmhouse
If there’s anybody that believes in the power of a coat of paint to transform a room or house, it’s me. When we first moved into our home, there wasn’t any color on the walls. Zero. Nada. Zip. Our house has textured walls, so stark white walls really accented that. On top of that, everything – including the ceiling – had a semi-gloss sheen to it, so it literally was like living in a sterile doctor’s office. Not what I envisioned for the place I was going to call home, to say the least.

Fast forward almost three years later – sure, all of our house projects have transformed the house, but I attribute most of the quick, dramatic changes to paint! I know that a lot of people struggle with paint colors, but luckily I had a clear vision for what I wanted so it wasn’t too big of a deal. Greys and neutrals are the name of the game in this house with bright white accents and pops of black where appropriate.

Sherwin Williams Modern-Style Farmhouse Paint Colors
We absolutely love and swear by Sherwin Williams paint. It’s not any more expensive than what you would find at a big box home improvement store. There’s almost always a 30-40% sale going on, so that’s when we stock up. It’s also available at Lowe’s if that’s more convenient for you!

If I could use one paint color for the rest of my life, it probably would be Zurich White. It’s so subtle, but goes with everything. This color is in all our hallways, bathrooms, laundry room and kitchen. Alpaca (which I found watching an episode of Fixer Upper!) is in our family room, sitting room and dining room. Popular Gray is in all the bedrooms, and Tricorn Black is on our front door. The bright white that we use for trim, interior doors and various other projects is simply the purest white that you can find in any paint line.

Are you wondering how I got away with only three paint colors for the walls? I’m a stickler for cohesion. One of my biggest insecurities with our house and decorating is that people won’t think everything goes together when they walk in the door and throughout the rooms. But, cohesion definitely starts with paint! Sticking with only three paint colors keeps things simple and creates a good flow throughout the house.

I hope that by sharing the paint colors in our modern-style farmhouse that you’re able to get ideas for your own home! If you’re still stuck or looking for inspiration, check out my paint swatches board on Pinterest.

Are you working on any painting projects in your house? Do you have a favorite paint color?

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  1. 7.28.17

    Mightttt be dropping this in Brett’s inbox. He always fusses that I want to paint every room grey or white, but this is proof that it looks SO good! Your house decor literally is my goals. I love that you only used a few colors- definitely makes purchasing it and touch ups easier!

    • 7.31.17

      You seriously always make me feel so good about our house! <3 But really, thank you. I fuss with all of it as much as the next person, but keeping things simple really does help make it easier and more streamlined. Plus, gray and white goes with everything and they're timeless colors! You can't argue with that.

  2. 7.25.17
    Christina Sotherden said:

    We are so the same with neutrals and pops of white! They painted our house a standard cream color which will work for us for now but in a year or so we want to tackle the actual painting. I love the idea of the three paint colors – I’m going to keep that in mind that it doesn’t have to be SO many different colors because I’m just a simple, matching type of girl!

    • 7.27.17

      Yes! I’m so glad that you found that tip helpful. It’s SO easy to get overwhelmed with paint colors, and I don’t think it’s entirely necessary. A simple palette with only a few colors works wonders!

  3. 7.25.17

    ooooh all of these are so pretty! i love alpaca and zurich white. if i hadn’t already painted my whole house one colour, i would paint my kitchen alpaca. but like you, Iā€™m a stickler for cohesion and the kitchen connects to other rooms and i didn’t want to deal with like them meeting, you know? KC asked if we could paint it a different colour like yellow (ew) but i was like no. ha. i say neutral colours on the walls, colour can be all the decorations that are easy to change šŸ˜‰

    • 7.25.17

      Yellow? No. Good decision, lol. What color did you end up using? I seriously could repaint our entire house just Zurich White, but the other colors are nice to have!

      • 7.25.17

        our last kitchen was yellow. i hated it. it was also striped, with different finishes, like plasticy almost. i begged for 3 years to let me paint it and we only painted it grey when we moved out. the colour we painted our old house and this new house was glidden fossil grey, but we didn’t get glidden paint for this house. we get a discount at sherwin williams, so i just took the formula to them. i am sure i could have picked out a new colour but when i know something works i stick to it lol

  4. 7.24.17

    Gorgeous color choices. Paint is magic it can do wonders for a space.
    Gray is our go to color.

  5. 7.24.17
    The Adored Life said:

    I love your taste so much! I am definitely using these colors in the boyfriend’s house!

  6. 7.24.17

    LOVE that alpaca color! The perfect greige <3

    Green Fashionista

  7. 7.24.17
    Debra Stachelski said:

    You know how much I like your colors and wish I could re-do my entire home in every single one!

  8. 7.24.17
    Kay R. said:

    Totally my taste in pain colours! Every single one.

  9. 7.24.17

    Such great colors! We have similar ones in our home except I did some charcoal gray accent walls in the dinning room and bedroom area. Love!

  10. 7.24.17

    We have the same taste in paint colors! Give me all the grey and white walls! I love Popular grey and have used it in our old house and new house. It’s the perfect ‘greige’. I love the color you chose for your front door! I may have to give that one a try for ours. I can’t wait to finish painting our house. This ugly mustard yellow color we have everywhere is killing me!

    • 7.25.17

      Yeah! I remember in your Illinois house when you posted a picture of Popular Gray on one of your walls, and that sealed the deal for me to use it in our bedrooms. It’s such a great neutral. I absolutely love our black front door – it’s such a fun pop!

  11. 7.24.17

    I love that you picked a few colors and stuck with them, that’s definitely what I would probably try and do! That alpaca color is so pretty! We’re thinking about using grey in a few rooms in our house, and that is probably the perfect shade for us!

    • 7.25.17

      You can’t go wrong with Alpaca! We went back and forth on a few different paint colors for our sitting/dining room until we realized that we should just use Alpaca again since we love it in the family room so much. Stick with what you know and love, right?!

  12. 7.24.17
    Pamela said:

    I love these colors! I’ve been obsessed with lighter grays lately and this color palette is absolutely perfect! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  13. 7.24.17
    Biana Perez said:

    I love alpaca!! We didn’t paint any of the rooms in our condo, the developer picked those before we moved in but I do love them all – I think I need to add alpaca to the mix though! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

    • 7.25.17

      How nice to have all the painting done for you, though because it can be a pain! Alpaca is such a great color, we love it!