Home Sweet Hearty’s humble abode features nostalgic vibes that span a century of old and new finds. The best part is that it belongs to one of our favorite co-workers whose vintage treasure hunting skills make her home one of a kind. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Alyssa’s 1920s home that captures the heart and soul of heritage style, so you can bring the colorful trend to life in your own.
Getting Bold With Color
As old starts to feel new again, we’re seeing a revival of dark colors that bring a historic feel to any space. Whether it’s a new build or a century home like Alyssa’s, a moody hue can transform your room, so it doesn’t feel tied to one specific era or design trend.
“We always knew we wanted a green dining room to tie our style together. The space sits between two rooms with lots of natural light and light-toned floors, so we loved the idea of using a darker hue for the walls.”
Richer hues with a muted tone, like Jasper, make the perfect companion to crisp neutrals like Alabaster. Blending a mix of light and dark colors throughout your home helps create a harmonious balance for heritage style to shine.
Mixing Old & New
Telling a story with old finds and new ones helps layer your home with personality. Whether it’s passed down heirlooms or a collection of thrifts you’ve curated over the years, heritage style adds a sentimental value to your space that can’t be bought in a showroom.
“When my brother and I were young, my mom suggested that my grandparents give us heirlooms as gifts, rather than buy us toys or gift cards for holidays. One year, my papa John gave me his favorite book from when he was a child, my grandma gifted a rolling pin that belonged to my great grandmother and the list goes on. I never want those kinds of gifts to end up in a box in the basement, so I try to incorporate those pieces – most of very little financial value – into our decor.”
Make it Personal
The final touch to bringing heritage style home is making it your own. Besides her husband and labradoodle, Flossie, Alyssa holds a special place in her heart for nature and coffee, so it’s no surprise she combined the two for a special corner in her home. To marry these themes together, she used a nature-inspired stencil to paint a patterned wall that creates a statement-making backdrop for brewing a cup of coffee.
“My mom gave me this coffee sack years ago, so I started collecting vintage kitchen, coffee and tea decor from then on in hopes of using it later. I love collecting pieces and building a space over time. I think this nook is the perfect reflection of that.”
Love the look of heritage style? Learn more about this tried-and-true trend in our April Color of the Month, and share your own heritage-inspired spaces by tagging your photos with #SWColorLove for a chance to be featured in our gallery.
We loved the Urbane Bronze. When we started putting it on it was nothing like the colour sample received by email. $150 in wall and trim paint down the drain.
Hi Rod, we are very sorry that you had this experience. For this type of situation, if you have not done so already, please contact the Sherwin-Williams store where you purchased the paint. Each store is required to address any customer dissatisfaction regarding product application. Please contact the store and speak with the manager. If you have already done so, please send us a message with the store and your phone # for further assistance. Thank you!
We used urbane bronze and it is absolutely beautiful. Took the suggestion to start with grey primer, then two coats of the colour and we couldn’t be happier. Warm beautiful hue.
So glad to hear you are happy with our COTY in your space!
What ever happened with grey? It
What are the best selections for 60’s home with
Lots of honey oak ? Coming from a white/grey home which was nice to an older style home with classic (ok, old fashioned!!) finish!
Great! question! I am in a similar situation and would love to have some color recommendations on this topic.
V. Zeidlet – you should check out the kylieminteriors.ca site. She knows everything about Sherwin-Williams paint colors and her blog explaining LRV and undertones for whites and greys is one of the best. She’ll have an article on honey oak floors and color choice.
How was the stencil done? It is beautiful in the Urbane Bronze!
Hi Cathy! The Stencil is from Stencil Revolution. We recommend checking out their how to guide here.
When next will you be having a discount on paints?
Don’t think that you had any for this year
Hi Eleshia! For current pricing information we kindly ask that you visit Sherwin-Williams.com.
I love the drink serving cart is that vintage or where could I purchase one, we down sizing
and it would be the piece.
Hi Sharon! Alyssa found the drink cart antiquing. Unfortunately we do not have details of where one can be purchased.
Can Sherwin Williams and Amarr garage door company PLEASE come up with potential customers to preview the SW paint colors available on the garage doors? Providing a long list with hundreds of paint names doesn’t work. Sherwin Williams doesn’t have a clue when I visited a store to try get color chips. Said they don’t carry those colors.
Hi Dee, we appreciate your feedback and apologize for any inconvenience. Consider looking for colors in reverse. Find a handful of Sherwin-Williams colors you like for your door and then search (Ctrl F) the list offered by Amarr. A lot of our colors are approved for their doors.
Alyssa your home is stunning! Not only are the colors, especially jasper and the wallpaper beautiful but your home decor is perfect. You’ve done a wonderful job!
Also looking for that Perfect color to offset my Honey Oak Kitchen cabinets that I can’t afford to replace. Plus are great quaility.
Hi Debbie! Are you leaning towards a particular color family? Also, what other colors are in the room? For instance flooring, countertops etc. Let us know what you get a minute. Thank you!
Why can you not buy samples of some Sherwin Williams paints? I was looking at Serenely 9632, not available in samples.
Hi Debbie, We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you. You can order free color chips to see how this color looks in your lighting here.
Love the leaf pattern stencil!
It would look great on my arch.
Please, where can I find?
Hi Linda! The stencil can be found on Stencil Revolution’s site. https://www.stencilrevolution.com/products/fern-pattern-wall-stencil
What would be the best finish for exterior paint on brick and siding?
Hi Cate! Consider Flat/Matte for your home’s body and satin for the brick. With its slight gloss Satin offers the benefits of a flat finish with added cleanability.
Hi, just wanted to do a shoutout to the workers at the bowling green Kentucky 31W bypass SW store. They are always so very helpful, kind and work very hard to please the customer, whether it is a color you don’t like and want help finding a new one, pricing help, Paint tips outside and inside, and always a smile, for me and my husband as we are working on an over 100 year old home. As soon as you walk in the store they are ready to help. Thank you for a great job and teamwork. Patricia
Hi Patricia, We appreciate your kind words and will be sure to pass them along. Thank you!
I also have honey oak kitchen cabinets. I was considering doing my island and butlers pantry in blue with white walls as phase one. I am eventually going to paint the top cabinets white and the remainder bottom cabinets blue in phase two. Can you recommend some blue colors that would work with the oak and later with the white?
Hi Christina, Look at Naval SW 6244 or Charcoal Blue SW 2739 for your bottom cabinets and then consider White Flour SW 7102 or SW 7013 Ivory Lace SW 7013.
Can you recommend a deep navy-ish blue exterior color for my front door and shutters. I get a lot of sunlight during the afternoon but would not want too dark a blue as to look black when there is less sun.
Hi Christina, keep in mind that any color placed outside will look one shade lighter. So, for that reason don’t be afraid of to use either Needlepoint Navy SW 0032 or Mineral Gray SW 2740.
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