Revealed: My Neutral Paint Colors

Inside: The exact paint colors I  use in my home! It’s all about neutral paint colors that are calm, relaxing and very versatile.

Folks keep asking, so I dug through my garage and I’ve come up with an answer!

My most favorite thing to teach you is how to create a home you love.

Sometimes that means that I show you how to make something awesome for way less than you could buy it, but usually that means taking something daunting like choosing colors and explaining it in a way that makes it way less overwhelming.

That was the goal when I wrote how to create a whole home color palette and I’ve had so many of you send me virtual high fives cause you gained confidence to face color head on in your homes, but even though the point was to guide you to choose your own colors, it seems that people just want to know the exact colors I use in my home.

I get it.

You see. You like.

It might just be the color for you too!

I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t answer that burning question so today I’m sharing the exact paint colors that I’ve used in my home!

three neutral paint colors

The Foundation of My Whole Home Color Palette

It might surprise you to know that it took me awhile to add pops of color to my home because I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go so at first, I stuck with a decently monochromatic color scheme of greys and blues like you see below.

Starting with these neutrals was a great way to have a nice, calm look while I figured out my next color move — cause a home isn’t decorated overnight!

These colors were also the perfect foundation for adding more color later on because they go with pretty much everything!

living room with greige walls Requisite Gray by Sherwin Williams

Ok so the big question has been… wait for it….

What’s the name of the greige wall color in your home?

It is Requisite Gray by Sherwin Williams.

I love it because it’s the perfect greige for my space. It has a lot of grey in it with just the right amount of brown undertone to make it feel warm –– and like I said it goes with everything!

When we finally got the keys to this house  (the day after my first kid was born) we redid the floors and baseboards and had all of the main living spaces and hallways painted.

I was in no place to make any big color decisions so we went ahead and painted all of those spaces in this beautiful greige color so that we had a clean coat of paint on the walls ready for us to move in – there was no way in h-e-double hockey sticks that I was going to move in in its current condition of yellowish off white everything.

I’ve since taken on a few rooms to change up the color.


smokey grey color Distance by Sherwin Williams living room wall

For example, when we designed this built in, I wanted to add some color to the family room and make the white shelves pop.

This beautiful smokey grey color was perfect. (Distance by Sherwin Williams)

Eventually, I took on our front room which is an open concept living and dining room.

I wanted the walls in here to have color and lighten up the space since this area doesn’t get a ton of natural light. The goal was a light blue without looking like a baby’s room and Beach Foam by Behr had just enough grey in it to make it not feel like a baby’s room, and not too much blue it it to make it look too purple.
light blue with grey undertones called Beach Foam by Behr living room wall

Then I drew a large scale hexagon pattern on the wall using a sharpie marker. —A girl on a budget does what she has to right?

DIY Hexagon Sharpie Wallpaper

RELATED: DIY floating shelves


And that is it my friends! For the first 4 years I really only used 3 paint colors in my home.

Of course as we’ve lived here I’ve added to my whole home color palette to include more pops of color in my accessories and home decor.

You can see our complete color palette in this post.

So, I hope that answers your burning questions!

If you’re in the market for a perfect shade of greige for your own home, be sure to read up here on how to choose the right shade of greige.

Have a great week!


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Revealed: My Neutral Paint Colors

About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

16 thoughts on “Revealed: My Neutral Paint Colors

  1. shannon says:

    Hi Corey- I love your advice on the paint colors and I have some of these already in my house. I am using Requisite Gray already in a bedroom but would love to add a clean orange. It is for my teenage son’s room. Do you have any tried and true orange colors ( I love SW colors but can get any other brand as well)
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hey Shannon, I’ve never used orange but I would go with an orange with some grey or black in the undertone because it will be a bit more sophisticated and timeless, less preschool bright. Hope this helps!

  2. Alma john says:

    Thank you so much for sharing great tips with us.

  3. Patty says:

    Love your tips.
    Does floor color have a large effect on your wall color choices?

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Yes, your floor is really your 5th wall so it certainly does, Patty. But don’t think that you’re stuck with going in the direction of your floors. Picking an undertone that matches your floors undertones will enhance your floor color and picking an undertone for your walls that is opposite from the undertone of your floor color will downplay your floor color.

  4. Bridgette says:

    I just want to thank you!! My fiancé and I tried SIX different colors of “Grey” that all came out blue, before we found your site! You are an absolute life saver! We are in love with our new living room.. All thanks to you!

  5. Thnx for your insights on choosing a grey after looking @ the darkest palette color.
    I live in the NW & it’s dark and rains a lot…so I need warmth but love the greys. I’d mixed colors w/creams & hints of yellow (yes-I read how you feel about yellow) to contrast w/blue greys and have various wood tones in furniture. I just finished building our retirement rambler w/a husband who likes the southwestern adobe look. The home is clean modern lines (Frank Lloyd Wright style). So-a challenge in blending these ideas. I’ve repainted a couple walls & am still readying to finish the master & grey a few remaining white walls. So-I have grey blues…soft cream w/a yellow hint and now am thinking of using the ‘Mindful Grey’ as I’d been drawn to it B4 when on a greige color search. I appreciate your ideas as I continue my blue-greys with the contrasting soft creams and work on painting accesories to match. (:

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Mary! Unfortunately I can’t give you specific color advice since I can’t see the colors that will go with it in person, but you can sign up for my free mini decor course, and the first lesson gives that much needed clarity about color! Click here to get three free lessons delivered to your inbox. Best wishes!

  6. This was very helpful, but I am still confused as far as my furniture are concerned. I have expresso brown sofa snd chair my instict tells me to use a gray wall color and in my master bedroom and bath I would like o use a gray with a blue undertone as my furniture are black in the master. Would you say that would work?

  7. orit says:

    Thank you for your great tips ! very useful for our painting project 🙂

    1. You are very welcome!

  8. Michelle says:

    LOVE this color combo! I already have a 5 gallon bucket of Requisite Gray that I planned to paint most of my home with, but I was looking for a specific light blue with silver/gray tones. I could picture it in my head yet never quite found the right one. Now I know what it is!!!! Thank you!

    1. You are so very welcome!

  9. Great colors, Corey! The grays and blues work together so well.

    1. Thank you Kelly. I finally got around to writing this post and now I’m thinking I want to change my color scheme a little bit! Hahahaha. I can already see my husband rolling his eyes at me.

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