Perfect Putty Paint Colors for Kitchens & Beyond

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.

Beautiful custom kitchen by AmberInteriors with putty kitchen cabinets. #kitchendesign #puttycabinets #puttypaintcolor #mushroompaintcolor
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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.

deVOL custom pantry with English country style and superb craftsmanship.
deVOL

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.

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  1. Behr Light Granite

2. Domingue Architectural Finishes Oyster

3. Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

4. Valspar Rocky Bluffs

5. Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

6. Farrow & Ball Cornforth White

7. Sherwin Williams Ghost Pines

8. Behr Doleskin Gray

9. Behr Toasty Gray

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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!

Belgian linen club chair with industrial accent table in my European country living room with French fireplace. #hellolovelystudio #belgianlinen #livingroomdecor #europeancountry #belgianstyle #serenedecor #interiordesign

There is simply a calm that is easily achieved with low contrast.

White oak hardwood flooring and Belgian linen furniture in our European country inspired cottage with white walls and serene decor. #hellolovelystudio #livingroom #whiteoak #europeancountry #frenchfarmhouse #belgianlinen #benjaminmoorewhite
Belgian linen upholstered chairs, white oak hardwood flooring, and a French fireplace in our European inspired country living room - Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #livingroom #interiordesign #europeancountry #frenchcountry #frenchfireplace #serenedecor

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.”

Gorgeous "It's Complicated" movie house Cali inspired Belgian interior design and decor inspiration from Nancy Meyers' set - Universal Studios. #itscomplicated #moviehouses #interiordesign #belgiandesign
Set of It’s Complicated film – Universal Studios

I’m also nutty for how chalky blue-greys work with putty and linen shades.

Rustic French farmhouse European country cottage with pale blues and green interiors - Decor de Provence. #frenchcountry #europeancountry #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #cottages
Decor de Provence

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.

Serene French country cottage style bedroom with Stikwood Hamptons accent wall and white oak flooring. #hellolovelystudio #bedroomdecor #europeancountry #frenchcountry #frenchnordic #whitebedrooms #stikwood #hamptons #serenedecor

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.

White French country cottage bedroom with Stikwood (hamptons) statement wall, white oak hardwood, and rustic alder doors. #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #bedroomdecor #rusticelegance #whiteoak #frenchbedrooms #alderdoor #stikwood #hamptons #romanticdecor #whitebedrooms #interiordesign

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.

Charming French country bedroom in a farmhouse in France by Vivi et Margot. #frenchfarmhouse #bedroomdesign #frenchbedroom #girlsbedroom #oldworldstyle
Farrow & Ball Strong White paint color on walls of bedroom – Vivi et Margot.

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!

Romantic bedroom at Patina Farm (a European country farmhouse by Giannetti Home) has antiques from Sweden, sumptuous linens, a French stone fireplace, and rustic elegant charm. #interiordesign #bedroomdesign #europeancountry #frenchfarmhouse #patinafarm #brookegiannetti

Let me know if you have a favorite paint color to share!

French country farmhouse bathroom with Sherwin Williams Alabaster paint color on walls. Brit Jones Design.
Design: Brit Jones Design – see more of her home HERE
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Cozy Texture

Colossal Handknit Throws

Sofa in a Putty Shade

Lemieux et Cie Renan Sofa #4

Tile Ideas

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.

Cloe 5" x 5" Ceramic Field Tile
Kitchen with Cloe ceramic tile in running bond pattern.
Cloe 2.5" x 8" Ceramic Subway Tile
2.5″ x 8″ Cloe tile

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.

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Ribbed Longsleeve Turtleneck (Acorn & Navy Stripe)
Ilse Jacobsen Boots (Atmosphere)
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-michele

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10 Comments

  1. Mumbai
    September 24, 2020 / 9:05 am

    I’m completely confused now….so many grey’s ..anyway I think the offer for everything is too much nowaday so you get easily jaded. Nice furniture, nice clothes, nice ….???? Less is more also we don’t need so much. But last but
    not least I am still dreaming about a green kitchen. Take care, dear Michele

    • Michele
      Author
      September 24, 2020 / 1:23 pm

      I hear you with the overwhelm that can come with so many choices for everything. I guess I feel like that is why timeless is such a calming, smart and sensible design direction since the trends are irrelevant. The reason though we need so many choices for a single paint color is that the one that works for my home will probably not work for another. It truly takes at least a handful of options to land on the proper choice. I would be doing you a disservice if I offered you less than 9 options since you need to sample at least 3 to land on a winner. 🙂

      • Mumbai
        September 25, 2020 / 4:27 am

        Indeed I was overwhelmed with the offer but
        this was not a reproach …wanted to say that for me 4 colors are the same as 7 and would make my
        decision much easier.

        • Michele
          Author
          September 25, 2020 / 9:15 pm

          Ahhh – 🙂

  2. Amy
    September 24, 2020 / 9:53 am

    I completely agree with you on using a range of whites/neutrals/putty’s together…the more the better! We used Edgecomb Gray for our kitchen cabinets and it’s the perfect putty color! Like you said the name can be deceiving because this color is more putty to me than gray. Shoji White is another shade that looks stone-like which we used on all our bedroom/bathroom walls, hallway & exterior. We added in dove white on shiplap in the kitchen/LR/foyer & all our trim work. As you said the low contrast of these shades is so calming. I truly believe all the compliments I’ve gotten has to do with the calming color scheme of these layers of different shades of white/putty more than anything! I share these colors because I remember how I labored over choosing what shades of white/putty to use… in case this might be helpful to someone else. We also went with travertine type neutral tiles in bathrooms instead of shiny subway tile. I’ve loved living in this calming color scheme; it’s timeless & I can’t imagine ever tiring of it.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 24, 2020 / 1:15 pm

      This is so helpful, Amy – I need to do a whole post devoted to Edgecomb Gray, and I know designers are crazy about Shjoji White. Great to hear your tip about going with warmer whites in the baths too. Natural stone in a bathroom is such a comforting, intelligent design choice for so many reasons, and when I think about how many homes built in the 90s have white matte ceramic square tiles…oy! They are such a nightmare to remove when you’re DIYers like me and my husband! Sending golden hours of changing leaves and cooling temps to you, friend.

  3. Judi Johnston
    November 22, 2020 / 8:39 am

    Can you provide the paint color in the first picture in this article where the oven is the main part of the picture? I love this color and am confused as to which color was used. Thanks.

    • Michele
      Author
      November 22, 2020 / 8:24 pm

      Hi there. I don’t have the exact putty color for this kitchen but have provided the designer’s info in the link below image. Sometimes designers are willing to share, and in most cases the color is custom which is why I offer suggestions to get the look. The thing is, the exact paint color is typically just the starting point since the same color will look completely different in someone else’s kitchen. 🙂

  4. Lynn
    December 30, 2020 / 2:39 pm

    First I must say “thank you” for sharing all of the wonderfully inspirational
    quotes. You’ve no idea how they manage to strike just the right chord in today’s world of chaos and confusion. I have just finished repainting our home inside & out. BM White Dove Exterior with SW Anew Gray B&B shutters. Large open great room in SW Creamy & Simply White trim. Several adjoining room are in Simply White walls & trim. Went “wild” with MB in BM Ashwood. A big change from the past colors and I am thrilled!
    All is well with my soul…

    • Michele
      Author
      December 30, 2020 / 4:35 pm

      So happy to have you here, and I’m always all ears when it comes to hearing about the paint colors that are hitting the right notes in your home. I’ll keep bringing the encouraging word, hoping it will reach the right soul at just the right moment. With all the harmony happening in the world, the echo of a kind melody is surely needed. Thanks so much for adding beauty here today.

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