Colorful Conversations feat. Pottery Barn

Inspiration is all around us, but some of the best ideas are the ones you can create in real life. We sat down with Pottery Barn’s Chief Design Officer, Monica Bhargava, to talk about the special way color and furniture tie a space together beautifully.

Featured Color: Pure White SW 7005 

Q: Tell us a bit about how Pottery Barn approaches design.

A: At Pottery Barn, we enjoy designing beautiful, well-crafted pieces with soul. We want our customers to surround themselves with things that are meaningful to them; objects with a familiarity that brings comfort. Our casual-luxe approach to design allows our customers to create a home that’s inviting and approachable – welcoming of kids, pets, grandparents and friends. From spaces that encourage lounging to outdoor living – our products are designed for life. 

Q: We’ve enjoyed being partners for years, why do you think we make such a colorful fit?

A: I think Pottery Barn and Sherwin-Williams both seek to help others create comfortable, beautiful homes that reflect individual tastes and personalities. We both value quality products and stellar customer service, and I’m just so grateful that through our partnership customers are empowered to create their own sanctuary spaces at home – especially today. 

Q: How do you use color to help tell a story? 

A: Color is such a strong mood communicator. Subliminally, paint plays a big role in how a room feels – it can instantly change the vibe. From vivid brights and moody hues to the refreshing shades of whites and neutrals, color can impact the feeling of our spaces in so many ways. It can be calm and soothing, uplifting or moody, masculine and feminine, happy or energizing – all those things!

Beyond the wall, color can be used to add a punctuation mark in your space. Boldly painted trim or accent walls let you embrace color in new ways. You can also tell the story of color through accessories. For the holidays you may want to go for bold reds. Maybe this year you take it a step further and paint your front door to match – why not! 

Featured Color: Repose Gray SW 7015

Q: Every season we collaborate to create a palette for your latest collection of furniture and decor – how does this help someone give their space a put-together look?

A: Our seasonal collaborations offer inspiration that takes the guesswork out of designing a space. I love how finding just the right shade of paint can create the perfect foundation for a room, or be its finishing touch. 

Q: We just shared your 2021 Fall/Winter palette. Can you take us behind the scenes and share the inspiration that led to this seasons’ looks and colors?

A: Our latest palette is inspired by nature and the richness and variety of fall foliage. Hues of gold, camel and deep green help balance the neutrals that ground this season’s selection.  

Featured Color: Likeable Sand SW 6058 

Q: Which hue from the 2021 Fall/Winter palette is your favorite? 

A: I really gravitate toward Alabaster and Modern Gray. They’re both neutrals that sit well with almost anything. Their versatility is indispensable!

Featured Colors (from left): Pewter Cast SW 7673Denim SW 6523Fawn Brindle SW 7640Drift of Mist SW 9166Agreeable Gray SW 7029Honed Soapstone SW 9126Pure White SW 7005Likeable Sand SW 6058 

Ready to try some of these looks at home? Check out all of Pottery Barn brands’ color palettes to see a collection of hand-picked hues that coordinate with their latest styles.  


  1. I appreciate the help with color and design.

    Joyce McCutcheon
  2. 👌👌

    Bernadette Guidry
  3. I have a decent sized powder room that is boring! My hubby is not a fan of wallpaper & we have textured walls. I love navy blue but feer it would seem oppressive in this windowless space. What do you suggest?

    Donna Roetker
    • Sherwin-Williams logo

      Hello Donna, powder rooms are a good place to stretch your “decorating” muscles and do something different. Because wallpaper is out of the question, we suggest you do a navy blue but several shades lighter – more like a denim color. Look at using either Favorite Jeans SW 9147 or Daphne SW 9151.

  4. Good day! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that
    would be okay. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look
    forward to new updates.

    • Sherwin-Williams logo

      Hi Carmon, we do! We have all social media channels, we would love if you would follow us for more content!


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