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My Favorite Paint Colors (Sherwin Williams)

We all know that choosing paint colors is not an easy task. You can’t just go and pick up some “gray” paint. There are so many to choose from with such subtle differences! I’m going to share with you my favorite paint colors.

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When choosing paint colors, I like to look at rooms on Instagram and Pinterest and save ones that look good to me. It helps to see them in an actual space. So I thought I’d share what I’ve come up with as my personal favorites. Maybe this can help you on your search 😉

A lot of these colors are neutral, because they are personally what I like to have in my home!

To get a clear view of the colors, I didn’t use filters on these photos. However, remember that lighting can change the look slightly from one photo to the next.

If you want to learn strategies for picking out paint colors, check out this post: https://www.thebrainandthebrawn.com/choosing-interior-paint-colors-7-strategies/

The Best Sherwin Williams Paint Colors

1. Accessible Beige

This is considered a “greige” but is more beige than gray. It is a nice subtle color. I chose it for our finished basement. I like how it’s adds some color without too much color. It’s just a touch of “greige” instead of feeling like full on tan or brown walls. Sometimes it reads off white even.

This shows SW accessible beige, one of my favorite paint colors!
sw accessible beige, one of my favorite paint colors
Sherwin Williams accessible beige
Sherwin Williams accessible beige

2. Alabaster

This is my favorite white. My go-to. I used it on the trim on the outside of my house, the trim inside (second time around), on built ins, my dining room chairs, a barn door, in my half bathroom, my entryway feature wall, family room and kitchen….I’m probably forgetting something, and I will use it again! I love that it is white without being super bright. Yet in some lights it does still seem bright. Some say it is actually more of an off white. It only looks that way to me if it is being compared up against a bright white. Even then it’s more “almost” off white. To me it’s just white and the perfect white.

Sherwin Williams alabaster, my favorite white paint color

The walls, cabinets and trim are all in SW alabaster here in the family room.

This is SW alabaster, one of my favorite paint colors.
Sherwin Williams alabaster
Updated photo: March 2021
Sherwin Williams alabaster, peppercorn (stencil) and tricorn black (railing)

In some lighting or at different times of the day, it can look “almost off white” as it does in the background. However, the white used on this stenciled feature wall is also alabaster! You could even call it a bright white here.

Bathroom with shiplap painted in SW alabaster, one of my favorite paint colors.

The shiplap here is painted in alabaster. The vanity is not, so you can see the difference in the whites here. (I don’t know the color of the vanity. It came in this color.)

3. Iron Ore

Just as alabaster is a great white to me, I feel that iron ore is a great black. It’s not super stark, it’s a nice “light black.” To me it’s just right. You can see the difference here between the tiles (iron ore) and the darker black fireplace doors. However, if you are looking for a true black, this may be too light. In looking at it in other lights, it can read a little too much on the gray side.

SW iron ore, my favorite black paint color

In the family room, I painted the fireplace tiles and behind the shelving all with SW iron ore. (You can read all about this fireplace makeover here: https://lizzydesignsblog.com/fireplace-makeover-diy-mantel-and-painting-the-tile/)

I painted the backs of the shelves with SW iron ore.

4. Peppercorn

SW peppercorn is a very dark gray. Sometimes it reads almost black, but it is a true dark gray. I love the look of it!

Interior front door painted in SW peppercorn, one of my favorite paint colors
The stenciled chevron lines were done in SW peppercorn.

The stenciled chevron is in peppercorn, and here it does come across as black.

5. Mindful Gray

Since mindful gray and repose gray (coming up) are similar, and just to get a better grasp on these colors, here is a color chart I found online. I have only used those two colors on this chart. They are just great gray colors. They read as true grays or “greiges” that are more gray than beige.

This color chart shows some of my favorites in the same family.

The entryway and living room in our house are in SW mindful gray. The door here again is peppercorn and the trim around it is alabaster. (You can read more about this entryway here: https://lizzydesignsblog.com/7-ways-to-add-pizzazz-to-your-entryway-remodel/)

SW mindful gray in the entryway
SW mindful gray on this gallery wall, one of my favorite paint colors.

This is mindful gray in the little corner office in the living room.

Sherwin Williams mindful gray

This is mindful gray in the little corner office in the living room.

6. Intellectual Gray and 7. Urbane Bronze

These are the only two colors I have used on this chart. I put both of the charts next to each other towards the bottom of this post so you can compare them. You can see that these greiges have more brown in them.

This color chart shows the color that are in the same family. These have more brown in them.
The exterior of the house is SW intellectual gray. The shutters are SW urbane bronze, the trim is SW alabaster and the door is SW festoon aqua.

We used intellectual gray on the whole exterior of the house. The shutters are SW urbane bronze. The trim is alabaster (the garage doors came in the white color that they are, and it matches well with the alabaster!).

8. Festoon Aqua

Here is some color! I wanted a pop of color on the front door of the house. I love this one!

The front door is painted in SW festoon aqua, one of my favorite paint colors
SW festoon aqua on the front door for a pop of color, one of my favorite paint colors!

9. Repose Gray

Here is SW repose gray in the basement laundry room and bathroom. It is a really popular color that can be found all over Pinterest. It’s just a really good greige color that reads more gray without any weird undertones.

SW repose gray in the laundry room, one of my favorite paint colors in my home

(You can read more about the laundry room here: https://lizzydesignsblog.com/10-laundry-room-must-haves/)

SW repose gray in the basement bathroom
SW repose gray is a popular color because it's a great neutral color. One of my favorite paint colors!

10. Tricorn Black

Tricorn black is a true black. It is rich and deep.

When I was painting the railings and banisters on the staircase, I originally was going to go with iron ore. Iron ore is a gorgeous black! I love it on my fireplace and surrounding shelves. However, as you can see in the picture below, the iron ore on the left compared to the tricorn black on the right didn’t look dark enough or a true enough black here. At least for the look I was going for! So keep in mind how colors can change from room to room and in different lighting!

This shows the difference between iron ore and tricorn black.
Tricorn black is one of my favorite paint colors.
Here is tricorn black on the staircase.
Here is my staircase in tricorn black.

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  • Kathleen Burlin

    I love the neutral greiges to. They are warm colors that you can easily add a pop of color to accent the room.
    I like your style!!!

    • Liz

      Thanks so much! I agree, with those neutral colors you have the flexibilty to add pops of colors with accents that can easily be changed, too. Love it!

  • Clare Shenko

    Hi Liz!
    I was looking for the right color to paint my front door (and maybe shutters). That’s how I stumbled upon your
    site. Your house looks AMAZING!! You are very talented and I really admire your style. I love how you give all of the colors you used. My neighbor is a painter and uses Sherwin Williams. She is going to paint my house and now I can give her the exact color to use for the door!

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