FR Sources: Our Neutral Modern Farmhouse Paint Colors

Have you ever stood in front of one of those paint displays or scrolled through a fan deck of all the color options out there?  Pretty overwhelming, right?  When we built our modern farmhouse, I was looking to compile a neutral color palette throughout the interior and exterior of the house.  I had two main goals in mind: I wanted to take advantage of all the light streaming in the windows and complement the natural surroundings of our farm.  

So after a lot of back and forth (and plenty of samples!), I finalized our color palette.  And guess what?  It's three years later and I still love all of my picks!  Take a look below for all the details of our home...

Modern farmhouse living room featuring Sherwin-Williams Worldly Gray. 

Foyer, Great Room, Kitchen -- OK, Basically the Entire First Floor

The interior of our house is a big, wide-open space.  There aren't a lot of walls or boundaries between rooms, so the first floor of our house is essentially one color throughout.  I went with Sherwin-Williams Worldly Gray (SW7043) and absolutely love it.  It's the most-asked about color in our home, hands down!  It's a perfect greige -- not too warm, not too cool and it looks great in our kitchen and in the bigger expanse of our great room and foyer.  

Modern farmhouse entryway with wainscoting and neutral colors.


Trim color is the second most-asked about color in our home and ours was custom mixed to match our windows, which are Pella's "Linen."  But this color is close to Sherwin-Williams Marshmallow (SW7001).  How do I know?  I used the SW ColorSnap app.  It's so fun--you download the app for free, take a pic of a color you love and it'll tell you the closest SW Color!  You can even use a photo you already have.  For example, say you want to match a shade of pink in a photo you took of the most perfect beach sunset.  You can upload that photo and it'll color match it. This isn't a sponsored post or anything...I just think the app is really cool!

Modern farmhouse mudroom with vintage rug, gallery wall and neutral built-ins painted with Sherwin-Williams Antique White.

Accent Colors

I wanted to off-set our powder room from the color I used in the main living area, so I chose a grayish-green called Ancient Marble (SW6162).  It's a dusty sage green that pairs really well with the creamy color of the trim and the matte nickel finish of our fixtures.  For workhorse rooms like the laundry room, mudroom (above!) and kids' play room, I wanted a forgiving neutral.  Antique White (SW6119) is more of a light beige, a couple shades darker than our trim.  It doesn't feel too heavy and it hides smudges pretty well!  I went for fun in the kids' rooms!  My son's room features an accent wall in Benjamin Moore Hale Navy (HC-154) and I chose Benjamin Moore Blue Lace (1625) for my daughter's room.  It's the perfect light blue-gray that feels feminine, but not fussy when teamed up with rose gold and white accents.  

Modern farmhouse front porch with rocking chairs, green-gray painted siding and stained doors.

Exterior Colors

True story--I saw a photo on Pinterest of the perfect house color and literally took a full week to track down the architectural firm that originally uploaded said photo.  After a ton of research, I found out that the house was painted using Cabot Solid Stain.  I tested the color from the Pinterest photo and didn't really like the way it looked in our setting (colors vary a lot when they're coming through on a monitor--always test with a color card or sample!).   But I found a winner with Cabot Solid Stain in Pewter Gray.  This color is very chameleon-like in that sometimes it looks gray and other times it trends more toward sage green.  It looks great with our wood-stained doors.  Speaking of which, I used a Therma-Tru Stain Kit in English Walnut for our exterior doors, as well as the treads on our staircase inside.  It's holding up well to sun and daily use, plus the warmth of the wood tones really pops against the gray-green of the house and white of the trim.

Paint is an easy way to instantly update a room or area in your home, so who couldn't use some good color suggestions?  I'd love to know favorite paint colors you've used...sound off in the comments below!