The first step to getting that signature “Fixer Upper” look starts with choosing the perfect farmhouse neutral paint color.

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So, when I found out through the reader survey that many of you have problems choosing paint colors, I knew this post was going to be perfect.

Choosing paint colors can be such a fun experience.  I new, fresh coat of paint does wonders to transform any space.  It’s actually probably the most budget-friendly way to update any room.

But, the actual process of choosing paint colors can be quite daunting.  With so many (and I mean SO MANY) different colors available, how can you ever choose the perfect one?

I LOVE the soft neutrals of farmhouse style paint.  Especially the latest trend of “greige” (combination of gray and beige).  And, who knows how to choose the perfect neutral paint better than Joanna Gaines.

Source: Magnolia Homes

I absolutely love the color she used in this bedroom.  It’s such a soft shade of cream.  Plus, then you can get away with having dark furniture when it’s paired next to such a light color.

Source: Magnolia Homes

I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of green in general.  But, this darker shade of green compliments the natural wood accents she has in this room.

Source: Magnolia Homes

Is it gray?  Is it blue?  Looks like a combination to me.  Either way, I love the lighter, yet colorful, paint she chooses in a lot of her makeovers.

Source: Magnolia Homes

Here’s another pretty green/gray color.  Okay, maybe green is growing on me…

Source: Magnolia Homes

There’s nothing prettier to me than a true gray color.

Source: Magnolia Homes

Unless you live in Waco, TX and plan on having Fixer Upper renovate a home for you (isn’t that the dream??), you may be stuck on where to start when choosing paint colors.

Well, I don’t have all the answers.  But, through choosing paint I love and choosing paint I loathe on my walls, I’ve come up with a pretty solid step-by-step guide to choosing paint you won’t regret.

PLUS, I found 30+ farmhouse style neutral paint colors from various paint brands.

Hop over to Making it in the Mountains to see how to choose the perfect farmhouse neutral paint color!

Wishing you a joyful day!

 

18 Comments

  1. Bonnie

    Thanks Sarah for the great pictures and paint color tips. That really helps me a lot. I need/want to paint my bedroom, hallway, and living room areas. I really like the cream in the bedroom picture that you featured.

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      I’m so glad it was helpful, Bonnie!! I think we all struggle with choosing paint. Good luck choosing colors! The light cream would be perfect in a bedroom!

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      • Melissa

        What brand is the palette used?

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        • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

          Hi Melissa! I used a few different brands. If you like a particular color, the link will take you to whichever brand I picked. You’ll have to head over to Making it in the Mountains (link at bottom of post) to get all the colors. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  2. Lora

    Love the color in the 1st kitchen photo. It’s very similar to what we have in several of our living areas. I just kind of picked it quickly as a neutral to get our home on the market, but I ended up really loving the color.

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  3. vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

    Thank you so much for sharing the tips and beautiful examples!!
    Now I gotta try and find some
    Fixer Upper episodes to watch online. Haha
    XO! Vanessa

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  4. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins

    I wasn’t so sure I liked gray paint when it first started to become popular, but now I LOVE it. When we finished our basement, I insisted on gray paint because I knew it would brighten up the space and give it a more modern look. We used Worldly Gray from Sherwin Williams and get tons of compliments on it!

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      I LOVE worldly gray! Such a pretty choice. There are so many different choices for gray these days it’s so hard to choose the perfect one!

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  5. Patti Dern

    Thanks so much for sharing these colors, they’re gorgeous! I moved into our current home about 5 weeks ago and have made some great changes, knocking out walls, adding granite, etc. However, we are at a standstill on paint color. Any suggestions for a neutral for a dark living room?

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Hi Patti! First, thank you so much for stopping by 🙂 Choosing paint colors is SO hard, so I completely understand your hesitation. My favorite neutral is Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. We used it on our farmhouse girl’s nursery and I just shared a post yesterday 1/30 showing the color on the walls. It’s a creamy off-white shade that i think would really brighten up a dark living room. Let me know what you think!

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      • Christina

        What color of trim would you recommend with Alabaster? Thank you!

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  6. tori

    what color is the 2nd picture..the darker green gray color used? love it …thanks!

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  7. Liz

    HI! Great post. I’m not seeing the link for the balboa mist. Could you please tell me which brand of paint it is?
    Thank you

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  8. Andrea

    What color was used in the first picture ( cream bedroom)?

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  9. Gina Nolte

    What color woodwork would go with the Alabaster paint? Also, what is the green-gray color?

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      We did all of our trim in Ultra Bright White by Behr. It’s a nice contrast to Alabaster. This was in our girl’s nursery. I’m not sure which color you’re referring to – if you click the Link at the bottom I continued the post on another blog and listed several farmhouse style paint colors.

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