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Top 5 Beige Shades for the Great Room

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 11:12 AM

Best Paint Colors to use in a Great Room:

Beige and gray are the two most popular paint colors for great rooms in NC new homes.

Here are some examples of popular great room layouts, in recently constructed NC custom homes:

Most Popular Paint Colors for a Great Room:

Great rooms are generally large spaces with open layouts, windows, and a fireplace. These key features will help determine the best paint color schemes.

Get ideas for your new home paint colors from these beige great rooms. And see why beige is not boring!

Beige Paint Color #1: "SW 6106 Kilim Beige"

Beige paint colors are popular for many reasons, including their neutrality and flexibility.

Beige walls will serve as a backdrop, rather than focal point, allowing you to show off architectural features such as columns, fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, and window designs.

SW 6106 Kilim Beige | Best Beige Paint Colors for the Great Room

This great room - photo from a version of the Country Farmhouse - is painted in SW 6106 Kilim Beige by Sherwin Williams.

Beige Paint Color #2: "SW 7036 Accessible Beige"

A neutral beige paint highlights the hand-stained wood, stone archway, and stone fireplace in this custom home great room design.

SW 7036 Accessible Beige  | Best Beige Paint Colors for the Great Room

This great room - photo from a version of the Coquery Cottage - is painted in SW 7036 Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams.

Beige Paint Color #3: "SW 7527 Nantucket Dune"

Beige tends to work equally well in large, vaulted and small, open great room layouts. In this great room, the beige walls let the black fireplace and fixtures stand out above the hardwood floors.

SW 7527 Nantucket Dune | Best Beige Paint Colors for the Great Room

This great room is painted in SW 7527 Nantucket Dune by Sherwin Williams.

Beige Paint Color #4: "SW 7714 Oak Barrel"

The finishes and features within a room work together with the paint color to create the overall palatte.

For confidence when choosing a paint color, make sure to compare large samples, on-site, with other features within the room.

SW 7714 Oak Barrel | Best Beige Paint Colors for the Great Room

This great room - photo from a version of the Lakehouse - is painted in SW 7714 Oak Barrel by Sherwin Williams.

Beige Paint Color #5: "SW 7687 August Moon"

White trim and wainscoting panels are a great design technique to break up any paint color, including beige.

SW 7687 August Moon | Best Beige Paint Colors for the Great Room

This great room - photo from a version of the Remington - is painted in SW 7687 August Moon by Sherwin Williams.


More Popular Great Room Paint Colors

Here are links to other great rooms painted in blue, green, yellow, and other hues:

  1. SW 6207 Retreat - in a version of the Chalet Vert
  2. Benjamin Moore AF-670 Nightingale - in a version of the Shoal Creek
  3. SW 6687 Lantern Light - in a version of the Blackhawk

Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit to learn more about building an NC custom home - with the help of an interior design expert throughout the selection process.


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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Home Paint Colors

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 @ 08:04 AM

Choosing Paint Colors for your Home

Your checklist for choosing a main wall color


Our "ultimate cheat sheet" will help you choose the interior paint colors for your home. From main wall color tips to accent color recommendations, you'll find great ideas on how to choose paint colors for your home, below.

Home Paint Colors | Best Wall Paint

1. Start simple.

Many colors look perfect in designer photos - especially when rooms are decorated to match.

But be careful that you are not attracted to a color just because it is trending on Pinterest and Houzz. 

When choosing a main wall color, make sure you personally like it.


2. Don't be too literal. Picking a color you like is NOT the same thing as choosing your favorite color - which could mean bubblegum pink or lime green - which would be too much of a good thing.

Home Paint Colors | Best Paint Colors

Keep in mind, everyone must live with your main wall color. 

Save bold colors and designs for areas like powder rooms and kids' bedrooms and bathrooms. 

In this new home, a fire truck red stripe was painted below chair rail trim for a young boy's room. 

See more fun kids bathroom ideas here


3. What do you love to wear? Your color choice should mimic the pair of pants or jacket you wear most often. You often choose to wear the same piece of clothing over and over because it goes with so many things and YOU LOOK GOOD IN IT - that is the key. If you are surrounded by a color that is flattering, then you will naturally enjoy it more and feel comfortable at home in it. 

4. Find flexibility. Your main wall color should be flexible enough that it can go with - and enhance - many other colors. 



Home Paint Colors | Best Paint Colors

5. Greys and khakis.

Often, you see homes built in shades of greys and khakis.

Greys and khakis offer a huge range of shades, where you can find the option that suits you best.

As color trends fade in and out, you will tend to see a dominance of either grey or khaki in homes.

Click here to read more about 2014 color trend forecasting.


6. Bold accents. You'll have much more flexibility when picking accent colors.  

Home Paint Colors | Best Paint Colors


But remember, experts recommend that you choose a dining room color that most flatters the gracious host or hostess!

That's pretty fair - you want to look good in your own dining room after you spent hours and hours preparing a feast for all to enjoy. 




7. Buy fabric. Professional designers use this interior color tip: find a fabric design you love, even if you don't know what you want to do with it. Buy a yard of it to carry around with you.

At the store, you will find a key of circles - these show all of the colors used in that fabric. You can use that color key to put an entire house together, by eliminating the guess work and guaranteeing a perfectly coordinated palette. 

Remember, the fabric you chose was created professionally, so you can feel secure in even your more adventurous choices such as deciding to pull out that pale salmon color to use as an accent on your powder room ceiling. 

 This cheat sheet is brought to you courtesy of Andrea EnnsAsk Andrea your questions about custom home design trends, here.

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Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in North Carolina. 

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