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5 Ideas for Your Whole House Color Palette from Sherwin Williams

Looking for a beautiful whole house color palette of Sherwin Williams paints? Then this one’s for you.

A thoughtfully coordinated paint color palette will flow throughout the house (rather than feeling disjointed).

But I know how hard it can be to decide on paint colors, so I’ve put together a list of my favorite Sherwin Williams color palettes to help inspire you. Each contains five hues, all of which work well together.

This way, the hard part is already done for you, and then all you need to do is decide which one to use in each room.

The best part? You don’t have to use all of the colors in the palette if you don’t want to. You get to pick and choose the ones you like, and leave those that don’t work.

And you can rest assured that the colors you decide to use will look great together.

If this all sounds good to you, then we’ll jump right in!

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How to Choose a Color Palette for the Whole House

You can either choose one of the color palettes I’ve put together below, or you can come up with your own color palette based on the hues that are already in your home.

When getting started, take into consideration any existing materials that aren’t easily changed, such as flooring and countertops. If you plan on painting the trim white, then you’ll want to choose your white first.

While you might be thinking, “But white is just white!”, there are so many different undertones to consider: yellow, blue, green, red, or any combination of these colors.

Use this white on all of the trim, cabinets, insides of closets, and doors throughout the house (if you plan on painting them). You can even bring this same white onto the walls if you’d like!

Paint Sheens

Believe it or not, if you paint the trim and walls in the same paint color with different sheens, they often look vastly different.

Go with a semi-gloss finish for your trim, a satin or eggshell for the walls, and flat for the ceilings. (An exception: high traffic areas or humid spaces, such as the bathroom — read more about the best paint sheen for bathrooms here.)

Moving on… You can either consider the Sherwin Williams color palettes below, or you can continue on to this article about how to choose a color palette for any room in the house.

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Either way, before making a firm decision and buying all of the paint, you’ll want to check out some samples first. I know, I know! You just want to get started.

But keep in mind: they could look significantly different on your walls than on your screen. And I’d hate to have you spend all that time and money only to realize it looks awful!

That’s why, next to each of the color palettes, I’m sharing the links where you can order peel-and-stick samples of each color (made with two coats of the actual paint). They arrive in 1-3 days, and you can move them around your house to see how they look in your space throughout the day.

Plus, they’re way cheaper and more environmentally friendly than buying a can of paint and a brush/roller.

Use code FIRSTFIVE for a discount on your first Samplize order!

1. Soothing Grays

Gray has been the “in” color for a while now, and while you might love the idea of painting your walls gray, you might also be worried that it will make your home feel cold.

Well, I have good news for you! While gray is generally a cooler hue, there is such thing as a warm gray. And the light gray color palette I’m sharing with you today consists of a warm, calming group of gray paints that play well together.

light grays by sherwin williams

This soothing gray color palette consists of a crisp white, two grays with blue/green undertones and two soft, warm grays that almost lean towards “greige” (gray-beige).

In This Paint Color Palette:

Snowbound SW 7004 (order a sample)

Silver Strand SW 7057 (order a sample)

Magnetic Gray SW 7058 (order a sample)

Agreeable Gray SW 7029 (order a sample)

Repose Gray SW 7015 (order a sample)

2. Hygge Inspired

If you’re all about achieving a cozy feeling of togetherness in your home, then this Sherwin Williams color palette could be a great fit.

Never heard of it? Hygge is “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)”.

If you want to decorate your home around this concept, then you’ll want to think: cool, soothing hues, natural textures, a crackling fireplace, and chunky blankets.

hygge inspired paint color palette

In this whole house color palette, you’ll find a clean, neutral white, a white with taupe undertones, a warm gray, a muted navy, and a charcoal gray.

In This Paint Color Palette:

Pure White SW 7005 (order a sample)

Frosty White SW 6196 (order a sample)

Anew Gray SW 7030 (order a sample)

Storm Cloud SW 6249 (order a sample)

Cityscape SW 7067 (order a sample)

3. Modern Farmhouse

The modern farmhouse style is all the rage right now. It’s rustic, but not too rustic. It combines country living with a more contemporary style — you’ll see both natural wood and galvanized steel in a modern farmhouse style home.

While you’ll see a lot of white walls in these interiors, I’ve chosen a whole house palette of muted, soothing hues to give yours a cozier ambiance.

modern farmhouse colors

The modern farmhouse color palette includes a bright white, a warm gray, two soft greens, and a cool, soothing blue.

In This Paint Color Palette:

High Reflective White SW 7757 (order a sample)

Mindful Gray SW 7016 (order a sample)

Hinting Blue SW 6519 (order a sample)

Sea Salt SW 6204 (order a sample)

Rainwashed SW 6211 (order a sample)

4. Cozy Coastal

Not to be confused with Nautical, Coastal is yet another popular decorating style. This style is a celebration of natural light, and you’ll find lots of beachy hues, woven textures, and plenty of white here.

Coastal color schemes consist of blues and greens (reminiscent of the sea), grays, and sometimes even yellow accents.

coastal colors by sherwin williams

In this color palette, you’ll find a clean, neutral white, a cool toned gray, a cool blue, a creamy yellow, and a sea glass green.

In This Paint Color Palette:

Pure White SW 7005 (order a sample)

Waterscape SW 6470 (order a sample)

Cottage Cream SW 7678 (order a sample)

Tradewind SW 6218 (order a sample)

Passive SW 7064 (order a sample)

5. Bold & Rustic

Does your home have lots of rustic elements, like exposed beams and red brick? While the whole house color palettes I’ve shared so far have consisted of mainly lighter, more neutral hues, this one embraces bolder colors.

Worried about all the dark colors in this one? Remember, you don’t have to use all of the colors in this palette (unless you want to!). Feel free to use mainly white with a strategically placed accent color here and there.

rustic color palette

This color palette consists of a warm, off-white, a bold red, a deep, mossy green, a creamy yellow, and a dark, coffee-inspired brown.

In This Paint Color Palette:

Alabaster SW 7008 (order a sample)

Captivating Cream SW 6659 (order a sample)

French Roast SW 6069 (order a sample)

Basque Green SW 6426 (order a sample)

Spicy Hue SW 6342 (order a sample)

Choosing Your Wall Colors

A few tips for choosing a wall color that you won’t regret:

  1. Understand color psychology and the way certain colors make you feel.
  2. Sample, sample, sample before committing.
  3. Understand Light Reflectance Value (LRV) — this is how much light a color reflects.
  4. You can always go neutral and use bold accents in smaller doses.
  5. Utilize paint color apps to visualize your desired hues on a larger scale.
  6. Pull your paint color from a large pattern.
  7. Let your personality shine!

Want to read more about choosing the perfect paint color? This article about how to choose a wall color expands on each of these points (and a few others).

SW Fan Decks

Not really in love with any of these Sherwin Williams color palettes? No problem! While I love the schemes I just shared with you, you might prefer to swap one (or more) of the colors out for another.

If you want color chips of all their paints, you can grab a Sherwin Williams fan deck from Amazon. This way, you can take a look at all of their colors in real life (rather than on a screen) WITHOUT running to the store.

Painting Supplies

Ready to buy your paint and any supplies you’ll need for painting your house? Here is a list of everything you’ll need.

– paint (here are the top 10 brands)




– roller covers

roller extension pole (optional)

paint tray and liners

painter’s tape

– plastic


putty knife/paint scraper

– painting clothes

Whole House Color Palette by Sherwin Williams

Which of these options is your favorite whole house color palette of Sherwin Williams paint colors? What colors will you paint your home’s interior? Let us know in the comments!

Read More:

Painting Walls for Beginners: How to Paint a Wall by Yourself

How to Arrange Wall Art in the Living Room Like a Pro

9 Rules for Decorating With Plants (& the Best Varieties for Beginners)

7 thoughts on “5 Ideas for Your Whole House Color Palette from Sherwin Williams”

  1. I’d like to purchase a pallet that shows all these colors so that I can keep it for future reference. Is there such a thing available?

    1. Hi Deb! I’m not sure if you’re looking for a pdf document or actual paint samples – unfortunately, I don’t offer a download at this time (but will definitely consider in the near future!). However, you can get samples through Samplize (linked within the article) or you could even order Sherwin Williams fan decks from Amazon with all of their color samples. Hope that helps! -Tonya

      EDIT: I have now added a free downloadable version of this article — find the sign up form embedded in the article or right here:

  2. Vicki McPherson

    Your Hygge palette – could this be used with more of the very light tan family instead of the grays? When trying a gray tone, my house pulls blue / cold tones. I have travertine tile throughout, very open floor plan and alot of natural lighting ( mostly south / western ). I am looking at the natural linen lightened up 50%, and high reflective white trim? i have alot of beautiful crown molding throughout and want it to stand out somewhat.

    1. Hi Vicki – yes, I think that could work. I would definitely try out samples first, though, to make sure you like how they look in your space.

  3. We are rebuilding our home after the hurricane and we have painted the brick with Sherwin Williams Sanctuary SW9583 because we could not match the original brick. We are unsure of a color for the trim around doors, facia board. All columns have been stained with a dark Antique Walnut on the porch and carport. We tend to lean towards French Country with our design.

  4. Hi. Very helpful. You’ve convinced me to get Pure White for doors and trim. Now I need wall and ceiling colors. 🙂

    I was leaning towards white again, since I always play it safe, but part of me wants to add color.

    I live in Hawaii so want to have an island vibe without going crazy. I saw your coastal recommendations. I have some natural sunlight coming in the 2 upstairs bedrooms and some in living room and small
    sky light. Whatever color I go with, I’ll probably keep it the same throughout house.

    I welcome your thoughts. Thanks.

    1. Hi Marc, I’m glad to hear this was helpful! I LOVE the coastal color palette. Without seeing your space, it would be difficult to choose just one of the colors, since it totally depends on your personal preference and the colors of your flooring, furniture, and other decor. My recommendation, if you haven’t already, is to determine an “inspiration piece” and choose your wall color to complement that, as well as anything else that you plan on keeping — keeping any wood tones in mind, as well. I would definitely grab samples of any colors you’re considering so you can see how they look with everything else in your space. And keep in mind that colors can look very different from room to room depending on various factors, particularly lighting. Hopefully this helps! -Tonya

      P.S. I walk you through the entire process in my action guide, How to Choose Paint Colors With Confidence:

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