The Project House paint colors

May 4th, 2013

I get tons of people asking what paint colors I used in our home. We went with a coastal beach palette with a lot of light airy colors focused around warm grays, taupes, and aquas. Here’s a quick graphic you can pin (scroll over to see pin button) if you want to keep track of our colors. I LOVE all my paint colors. I have to say that both in person and online, the most asked about color has been the Abalone (benjamin moore). It is a light airy gray that sometimes reads as greenish, or purpleish, but always beautiful and full of life.   If I had it to do all over again, I’d have all my sea-salt mixed at 75% and maybe a drop of black added to de-saturate it just a hair.


Abalone by Benjamin Moore

We used Abalone by Benjamin Moore on all the major areas of the house including all the bedrooms (other than the master) and the office space. It’s an awesome, bright, neutral warm gray.

All the white cabinets were painted in Duck White by Sherwin Williams – a great off white that doesn’t go yellow/cream. It’s more of a green/gray undertone.

Trim was painted White Dove – DO NOT confuse this with Dove White which is a much more yellow white.

Acapulco Aqua by Kelly Moore

The walls here are Sherwin William’s Sea Salt, and the laundry cabinets are Kelly Moore’s Acapulco Aqua. The countertops are made of solid alder and stained a custom mix.

Brindle by Kelly Moore

We wanted to go darker in our master and went with Brindle by Kelly Moore. This color is absolutely perfect if you’re looking for something that’s darker than the Restoration hardware grays, and is still a warm color. In the day it looks almost brown, but it’s definitely a gray. The nice thing about it is that you can mix browns or grays, it’s an awesome dark neutral.

Ashley Gray by Benjamin Moore

To carry the warmth from the master bedroom into the bathroom, I went with a taupe – Benjamin Moore’s Ashley Gray. At full strength it’s a bit too dark, so I went 75% strength and it was great for the space.

Gidget's Secret by Kelly Moore

My Craft room was a medium teal – Gidget’s Secret (Kelly Moore). I would have loved this to be a little bit more green, but it’s a rich beautiful color if you’re looking for a more blue color.

Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

Here’s another view of Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams.  We used this in two bathrooms and the laundry room. I also used it for inside the glass cabinets in the kitchen. The color is very similar to Restoration Hardware’s Light Silver Sage.

Picking paint colors was probably the most stressful part of the renovation. People say it’s “just paint” but really it’s a lot of work to re-paint a whole house if you decide you don’t like the colors. Plus the paint you choose really does determine the look and feel of your house. My advice is to try a lot of samples – put big swatches on the wall – and look up pictures online of spaces using the colors you are thinking about. At the end of the day, you just have to bite the bullet and hope for the best!

24 responses to “The Project House paint colors”

  1. Thienly says:

    Wow! Your house is beautiful! I always love looking at your posts, and I just love your style!

  2. Tina says:

    What are your floors in the kitchen? They look great, that is the look I will be going for. Great Job

  3. Jen Allyson says:

    oak pre-finished engineered – rococo brown

  4. Megan says:

    What did you do for your ceilings and trim? We went to buy paint today and I realized I had no idea where to start for either!

  5. Jen, your home is amazing! I actually have Sea Salt in my powder room. It one of my favorites! Your laundry room with the Kelly Moore Acapulco Aqua cabinets is to die for. Oh and those counters! Stunning! I think it would actually make me enjoy doing laundry. I’d love to feature this on my paint color blog, Involving Color. Let me know if you’re interested!

  6. Jen Allyson says:

    I’d love to have my colors featured on your blog! Let me know if you need anything from me.

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  8. Stefanie says:

    Bathroom in sea salt is very pleasing. Could you tell me if you did sea salt at 100% or was this reduced to 75% with a drop of black in the paint to achieve this look.

    Thank you for the posting

  9. Jen Allyson says:

    It’s just at 100%. If I were to do it again, I’d probably go 75%. Not sure about the drop of black, it’s pretty desaturated as is.

  10. Sydney says:

    Beautiful bathroom! Where did you find the towels and rug that coordinate with the sea salt so perfectly?

  11. Jen Allyson says:

    The towels are from Restoration Hardware, the bath mats are just from TJ Maxx!

  12. sue says:

    Which color is the towel from Restoration Hardware? We just painted our bathroom Sea Salt and I am looking for towels…

    Thanks, Sue

  13. Jen Allyson says:

    They are Silver Sage 🙂

  14. Amy T says:

    we are trying out some of your colors in our home. we have never done any kind of treys before.
    Just curious, why did you use different whites on the cabinets and trim instead of going with the same white for both?

  15. Jen Allyson says:

    The white that I used for the trim was more of a bright white. I wanted a more colorful white for the cabinetry so it wouldn’t present itself as stark white.

  16. Lisa Spivey says:

    Thank you so very much for not only showing your beautiful home’s paint and decor, but keeping your paint colors in your sidebar. We just painted our M. Bathroom, 2nd bathroom and my sewing room the Abalone and it is a fantastic color. I’d never known about it if it weren’t for you. Thank you again!

  17. Monique Mazerolle says:

    I was curious what you meant that next time you would do 75% of sea salt instead of 100%? I really like the colour how it looks on my laptop and really considering it for our bathroom.

  18. Cheryl says:

    Hi! Can you tell me how the paint palette/swatch card was created? Is it an app? Done on photo shop? I have been googling for a week and am desperately trying to figure out how to organize my paint color choices and add them to my board on Pinterest.. I can’t believe I can’t figure how this is done, lol. Nothing is coming up. I would really appreciate a tip on what software or app to use. Thank you!!

    Your colors are lovely as U.S. your home. Really enjoying your blog!

  19. kristina says:

    Our home is abalone gray in the main areas and I am struggling to find rugs that look good with the color. Do you have any recommendations?!

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  21. Jen Allyson says:

    I created the graphic in photoshop. I used a brush shape from illustrator to get that painted look. Best of luck!

  22. Jen Allyson says:

    Its such a neutral color, i’m sure anything would go with it. Go for bold bright colors if you dare!

  23. Jen Allyson says:

    Its a beautiful color, but feels a little dark to me. If you have a paint company make the paint, they can add in only 75% of the pigment so that the color is lighter than it would normally be.

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