I don’t know about you, but I sometimes struggle to pick out paint colors. I mean, I usually know the look that I want. But finding the right paint color to fit the ideas in my head is sometimes a maddening mess. Since starting my blog, I have really begun to visually dissect Joanna’s designs that we all know and love. From watching the show, I’ve noticed that she likes to use certain Fixer Upper paint colors over and over again. Which means, if they work for her – they more than likely will work for me too! (but I recommend to always, always, always get some samples to try out in your own space – as paint colors can look totally different depending on lighting and other undertones in the room.)
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My Favorite Fixer Upper Paint Colors
2018 UPDATE: Since first publishing this post back in 2016, I’ve updated it and have also been asked to remove certain images. It seems I am no longer allowed to post pics from HGTV or Magnolia – bummer 🙁 I have used some of my own pics instead which show the colors, and I’ve replaced pics with links so you can still get an idea of which episode/house I was referencing.
So here are my favorite Fixer Upper paint colors:
1. Sherwin Williams – Alabaster
Joanna painted the main living areas of her own farmhouse Alabaster and she continually uses it in homes she designs on Fixer Upper as well. It’s a great color to use on walls and trim both. We painted the shiplap in Mouse House this color. You can see the progress post here and take a look at our fixer upper kitchen reveal here.
2. Sherwin Williams – Silver Strand
This gorgeous muted gray/green is Joanna’s go to color for interior walls in many of the homes she’s filmed on Fixer Upper. It is a lovely neutral when paired with white trim and her signature hardwood floors. We used Silver Strand in the mudroom at Mouse House – see the full reveal of the Mudroom here.
See samples of Silver Strand on the living room walls of the Nut House from Fixer Upper Season 3, Episode 1
3. Sherwin Williams – Oyster Bay
Oyster Bay is another lovely greenish blue color with a bit more intensity than Silver Strand. Joanna loves to use this color on built-ins that need a little more contrast and it makes for a fantastic color for bedrooms and baths as well.
You can see Oyster Bay on the bedroom walls of the West Story episode.
4. Sherwin Williams – Repose Gray
Repose Gray is a softer feeling gray with taupe undertones. It doesn’t fall in the warm or cool categories, but somewhere in the middle. It’s a very nice all around gray – not too dark and not too light.
See pictures of Repose Gray in the House of Symmetry episode.
5. Sherwin Williams – Mindful Gray
And finally we have Mindful Gray. I like to think of it as Repose Gray’s deeper darker older sister 🙂 Looks beautiful with white wainscoting (or SHIPLAP!)
See examples of Mindful Gray in the living room of the Gatecrest house.
A few more favorites for 2018:
Benjamin Moore Lakeshore Green
BM Lakeshore Green is a pretty bluish green color reminiscent of the haint blue colors found on porch ceilings a hundred years ago. I had the paint guys mix it at 50% which gives it a softer more muted look. See more pics of this door in our flip house kitchen reveal.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze
It’s always good to have a go-to black and Urbane Bronze from Sherwin Williams is definitely one of my favorites! It has brown undertones which gives it a nice rich depth, perfect for doors and shutters. I had the guys mix this at 150% to increase the richness a bit. (For info on where to find door knobs for your whole house – check out this post.)
Benjamin Moore Fieldstone
And finally, we have BM Fieldstone which we used on the stove hood of Mouse House – see the full kitchen post here. It’s a great light french gray with no blue or purple undertones. Looks beautiful on kitchen cabinets too!
(You can make a similar Give Thanks sign too – full tutorial in this post.)
I hope this roundup of my favorite Fixer Upper paint colors has been helpful! I really think you can’t go wrong with any of these. Just remember to get some samples up in your space before jumping in to start painting! I may or may not know this from experience, but husbands do not like you changing your mind after they’ve already painted half the room… ahem. 😉
And be sure to visit my other popular post to see the best white paint colors for SHIPLAP!
And speaking of shiplap, how cute are these shirts? You can find this one and tons more in my new Etsy shop! These make great gifts for your Fixer Upper friends or wear one to the Silos! 🙂
**check out what I just found on AMAZON! I am loving all their farmhousey decor lately, and they usually ship super fast too!
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