Farmhouse Color Basics

We reveal everything you need to know about pairing colors with farmhouse furniture and accessories.

kitchen and dining room, farmhouse style, white cabinnets


Whether you’re new to designing in farmhouse style or you’ve been living with the look for years, keep it fresh and beautiful with appropriate paint colors and painting techniques. White remains a classic farmhouse color but remember that there’s more than one shade of white. Try out a few different whites with Sherwin-Williams Color to Go® paint samples to find the perfect one for your interiors. High Reflective White is a great color to start with.

small dining and kitchen, blue walls

Alternatives to White

Muted grays and blues, like Stardew and whispery soft greens like Sea Salt are great alternatives to white, since they add a touch of color to your space. These can be especially appealing if you’re designing with mostly cream or beige furniture. To bring a modern flare to the style, you can also add hints of black into a farmhouse space – for example, black-painted chairs that ring a white table – for a dash of intrigue. Try pairing Stardew and Sea Salt together for an airy combination.

chars and table - silver blue

The Right Technique

Painting techniques can help achieve farmhouse style as much as the paint colors you choose. Paint a new wood table to look distressed, and you’ve got an instant classic. Whitewash the walls, floor or brick in your family room to create a vintage feeling. Add a shiplap wall in the living room and paint it a bright white like Alabaster for an architectural element that complements rustic furniture. This color pairs especially well with Dorian Gray.

Now comes the fun part: You get to inspire others with your unique farmhouse style! Sharing your DIY masterpiece with us on social media is easy. Just share a picture of a room painted in a farmhouse-friendly Sherwin-Williams paint using the tag #SWColorLove. And don’t forget to follow #SWColorLove to continue to be inspired by others.

Want to learn more about trending farmhouse colors? Book a FREE Virtual Color Consultation with one of our color experts to bring your color to life.


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    The accessories inside that room will be the ones that are with darker colors.

  2. what are the colors names for the white and blue paint in the second photo?

  3. In the second photo, the cabinets to the back of the photo are a gray-purple. Do you know what color that is? And is the blue Stardew? When I look up Stardew it appears more like a dray color. I love the blue and purple together and want to recreate it.

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      Hi Eileen, the blue is Stardew, yes. Colors look different on the monitor versus in-person and can also look different based on the lighting situation. A blue that looks more like the photo based on the monitor would be Upward SW 6239. Also, if you like the shade of purple, take a look at Slate Violet SW 9155 or Ash Violet SW 6549. Thanks!


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