Create a cohesive paint palette for your home that flows from one room to another. Get the best cream paint color names for every room and lighting situation.

Learn how to work with what you’ve got and create a whole-home paint palette that you’ll love for years to come.

A hallway in a home with white walls and shaker style doors.
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When we purchased our home, we had planned to do one paint color for the main level and another for the upper level.

While I’m content with the upper level for now, the lower level needed a little variation to add interest and compensate for different lighting factors.

A laundry room with shaker style doors on the washer and dryer units.

Whole Home Paint Palette

I created a paint color chart to keep them all straight and have shared our paint color names in detail along the way. You can find all of our paint colors here.

However, I am often asked for our paint color names for a particular room, so I’m breaking it down for you today!

A white kitchen with a lacanche oven and a white island.

Creating a cohesive paint palette is important so that it flows from one room to another. It’s okay to have various shades of paint colors or completely different paint colors as long as you ensure they transition easily.

A dining room with a white table and wood stain colored chairs.

You can do this in a number of ways. The simplest is to go lighter or darker on the paint color selection card. You can also put cards together to see how they play with one another.

What you’re looking for is the same undertone or one that compliments the lighting situation for that particular room. Painting samples on a wall is the best way to ensure you’re creating a cohesive paint palette.

A white couch surrounded by neutral rugs in a living room.

When in our home, you may not realize that the mudroom and breakfast room are not the same color as the kitchen.

While all on the same north facing side of our home, the kitchen receives less light and therefore needed a slightly different paint color.

The color used in our breakfast room would have felt too yellow, however the two (though completely different) look almost identical.

A bedroom with a vintage rug under a king size bed.

Paint Color Names, By Room

St. Louis Tudor

Table Rock Lake House

A white kitchen with a lacanche oven and stove.

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  1. Hello Julie. We recently gutted our kitchen and pretty much have bisque and cream in there. For our walls we choose white dove Benjamin Moore. We are very happy with this paint. I was thinking to go a shade darker in our front room. You see from 12 noon till sun goes down gets a ton of sun.

    What white paint color would you recommend that is in the warm family but is not yellow at all. I would greatly appreciate feedback.

  2. Hello, I love your kitchen. I have cream cabinets however the rest of the room has white trim so I have a mix of white and cream. My walls with my cabinets are BM Edgecomb grey and I think the cabinets come up more yellow. I was told to paint the walls similar to cabinet color but then what trim color should I use since the room is open and all my window and door trim is dove white? I am looking to replace my counters with the Marble you recommended since they are cream and regular white and grey would not go well. Would like your thoughts on wall color and trim. Thanks!

  3. Hi Julie,
    I need help choosing a wall paint color. All the moldings, doors, and plantation shutters are SW Navajo White. I want the walls to be lighter than they are now, but I don’t want it to be all the same . I know grays are popular but that will not go with the furnishings , granite, and tile I have . I need to stay in a warm white but a little darker than the Navajo white.