It is sort of silly when you think about how many different descriptions of “putty” or “mushroom” or “greige” there are in the design world. When you get right down to it, what most people call plain ol’ beige or cream is what I would probably call “natural linen” or “flax.” No matter what you call it, a warm white or light taupe shade for kitchen cabinets can yield a sophisticated look. Perfect Putty Paint Colors for Kitchens & Beyond aims to place inspiring designs on your radar as well as nine paint colors to consider.
Perfect Putty Paint Colors for Kitchens & Beyond
So many of my favorite design materials boast this understated neutral color! Think about it. Belgian linen, French limestone, driftwood, greyed oak, etc.
And just look how beautifully it marries with crisp, clear, bright whites:
There probably isn’t a metal that doesn’t play nicely with putty shades. In this next kitchen, you can see how lovely warm gold, copper, and black harmonize.
Contemporary & Traditional Kitchens With Putty
Greige and mushroom toned kitchen cabinets need not read strictly traditional either. While this next kitchen has a sophisticated, contemporary mood, it also feels timeless and oh so elegant.
I receive so many emails requesting design advice for mixing whites, and it never fails to surprise me that most folks do not believe you can mix whites without matching them.
If this collection of impeccably designed kitchens proves anything at all, it is that INDEED bright whites and muddy or chalky whites love each other! If you have ever paired a natural linen skirt or cardigan with a crisp white shirt or t-shirt then surely you agree!
Neutral Nirvana in the Kitchen
In this kitchen below with bespoke kitchen cupboards by deVOL, the khaki color of the wall breaks up an alabaster white of marble and creamy white planks of wood. How would you describe the color of these base cabinets? Oatmeal? Pale linen?
While shop owner and stylist Charlotte Reiss has since painted her kitchen cabinets (they are now Green Smoke), they began with Neptune Kitchen’s “Limestone” painted finish.
An Ultimate Tile to Pair With The Hue
Is there a tile which timelessly and effortlessly complements putty kitchen cabinets any better than zellige? (Don’t blame it for being trendy right now!)
Even when you limit your mushroom or muted taupe to base cabinets in the kitchen, the results can be dazzling.
Also, don’t forget “washes” of putty tones or subtle stains and glazes can beautifully finish wood furniture. (And sweet cozy Moses on a waffle cone, is “travertine” yet another description of our color du jour?)
Pantry With Putty
I hope these kitchens which vary in design style and mood help you conceptualize how very many possibilities exist even when you decide on this colorway.
Perfect Putty Paint Colors
The following putty paint colors (both subtle shades and mid-tones) may provide a good place to start if you’re seeking the perfect shade for your own space. Why do you need 9 shades? Because your unique exposure, geographic location, and lighting will impact how these paints will ultimately present in the space.
Greige & Putty in Spaces Beyond Kitchens
Let’s face it, I’m a lover of this range of neutrals. From the stone color of my fireplace surround to the nubby upholstery of our living room furniture to the color of exterior siding on our home!
There is simply a calm that is easily achieved with low contrast.
Bursts of saturated color also work well as you can see in this still from Meryl’s living room in the Nancy Meyers’ film “It’s Complicated.”
I’m also nutty for how chalky blue-greys work with putty and linen shades.
Soothing Shade of Paint for a Bedroom
In my bedroom, a light wash of Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (which looks nothing like pewter) transformed furniture we lived with for years.
While another set of eyes might simply see a boring beige on beige scheme happening, in person, the mix of textures and even hand-painting brushstrokes is pleasing to my own.
One thing you MUST RESIST when seeking the perfect paint color for your space is getting hung up about the NAME of the color. The bedroom below is painted Farrow & Ball’s Strong White which might suggest a bright strong gallery white when it is essentially a calm greige.
Aged Whites are Perfection
Once I began looking around for pretty examples of stone/putty/linen/greige/mushroom/quiet taupe, I quickly became overwhelmed since they are everywhere! Aged whites which have mellowed but not yellowed are essentially THE perfect shade!
Let me know if you have a favorite paint color to share!
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Decor With Putty Power
Sofa in a Putty Shade
I mentioned zellige tile earlier, and when it’s not in the budget, there are ceramic field tiles which only appear to be handmade. I personally would install this Cloe tile in a straight-stack (or stack-bond) pattern rather than subway or running bond.
Cozy Mushroom Hued Finds
Lord have mercy do the synonyms for greige/putty ever cease? ACORN! Acorn, for corn’s sake is yet another name for you to tuck away.
Peace to you right where you are.
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