Custom Color Matching with Sherwin-Williams

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When I moved into my new space this past September it was painted the universal house staging color of buttercream. While a lot of people might be okay with that – it’s a neutral, isn’t offensive, etc – it may as well have been neon green to me. It was the very first thing I knew I had to tackle to make this place feel like home.


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I’ve always had dreams of an entirely white and bright home. One that radiates light and would be the perfect gallery-like backdrop for the myriad of art I possess and love. After obsessing over paint chips I came to the conclusion that a ready-made color wasn’t going to be the answer, so I teamed up with Sherwin-Williams to do a custom color match.


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I pried a piece of shoe board off in a doorway and headed over to my local Sherwin-Williams to get their expert opinion and advice. The assistant manager, Jared, gave me a few different color match options after scanning the piece of already painted wood. The two of us spent about fifteen minutes tweaking things until I was 100% happy with the shade. I opted for the darkest to create a small contrast between the walls and 10-inch molding that’s present in the whole house.


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I went with Sherwin-WilliamsEmerald line because I’ve used it several times in the past and love the coverage and low odor. Jared also made sure I knew exactly which brushes would be best for the different areas of detail, as well as extension rollers that would help 5-foot-two-inch me reach the top of the 10-foot ceilings. After about thirty minutes I left with the confidence and know-how to tackle this project – did I mention that I’m painting the entire house this shade? Because yeah. The whole enchilada. The end result was a shade of not-white-grey/not-grey-white.


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One long weekend and four helping hands later the first floor, staircase, and half of the second floor was done! I’ll be knocking the other two bedrooms and finished attic off the list as soon as it warms up a bit this spring. I’m thrilled with the result so far and guests who have seen the before and after love the look, too.

(See the entire first floor – living room, dining room, and kitchen.)

Photos: Quelcy Kogel

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  • emily

    January 25, 2015 at 8:29 am Reply

    looks stunning! so bright and pretty and i love the sofa and light fixture above the dining table contrast with all the white. good choice!

  • Katie

    March 25, 2015 at 12:13 am Reply

    Do you mind if I ask which color you based it off of or if you know the custom formula? I’d love to see if i can have my local one match it. Does it go blue or Beige at all?

    • Kelly

      March 25, 2015 at 11:20 am Reply


      It wasn’t based off of any specific color, but matched to an existing piece of painted moulding in my home. The labels reads as follows – hope that helps!

      CCE COLORANT OZ 32 64 128
      B1-Black – 3 1 1
      Y3-Deep Gold – 5 – –


  • Sjena Peters

    April 17, 2016 at 12:34 pm Reply

    This house is stunning. The colours make it light and fresh. Can you tell me what colour you used on the stair railing and window trim?

    • Kelly

      April 17, 2016 at 12:37 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! The railing and trim were actually painted as is when I purchased the house, so I don’t have a definitive answer for you. It’s a shade of white that’s slightly on the warmer end of the spectrum.

      • Sjena Peters

        April 17, 2016 at 4:22 pm Reply

        Thank you for taking the time to respond!

  • Julie Sawyer

    November 12, 2016 at 8:49 am Reply

    Your home is lovely and the color you came up with is perfect! Do you know anything about the floor – wood species and finish? The contrast with your wood (walnut?) furniture is just what I’m looking for.

    • Kelly

      November 12, 2016 at 12:14 pm Reply

      Thanks so much, Julie! I don’t know anything about the floor unfortunately, it was here when I moved in. But yes, the furniture is predominantly walnut.

  • Cierra Pedersen

    November 13, 2017 at 11:14 pm Reply

    Where is the chandelier from in your dining room??

  • Megan Koehler

    November 20, 2017 at 8:13 pm Reply

    Hi Kelly- love your home. Do you remember where your dining room chairs are from? Given your post is from 2015 I assume they no loner exist. Thanks for your help!

  • Leah b

    July 24, 2018 at 9:49 am Reply

    Kelly I know it’s a custom wall color, but the SW
    Ppl said they need to know the finish to try to make me the same paint… 🙂
    I know it’s the emerald line but is it Eggshell/Flat etc?

    • Kelly

      July 24, 2018 at 2:27 pm Reply

      It’s eggshell/satin 🙂

  • Lisa

    August 23, 2018 at 10:37 pm Reply

    Hii, love your dining room! Can you please share with me where you got your rug? Thanks!

    • Kelly

      August 24, 2018 at 12:15 pm Reply

      Thanks so much, Lisa! The rug was from West Elm a few years back.

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