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Reader’s Question + More Paint Colors To Go With Wood (Red Pine)

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is about paint that coordinates with wood. I had a reader contact me the other day, wondering what to do about her kitchen cabinets and wall so that the colors would work well with her red pine trim and doors.

The woodwork in her home is beautiful, I love the big fat trim around the windows, the hardwood floors and the red pine doors. As you can see the ceiling is also planked wood, but she is planning on covering that up with drywall and then painting it white to lighten up the kitchen. She is also getting new custom cabinets, and a new quartz countertop.

Her question was what color to do the cabinets and the walls to coordinate with the red pine she has in her home. Her contractor suggested she go with blonde maple cabinets, and she wanted Sharkey Gray by Martha Stewart to go on her walls.

I put together a palette so that she could see what that might look like with the wood, and also added a few other greiges that I think would go great with Red Pine.

greige paint colors to go with wood trim and cabinets

From top to bottom the paint colors are Agreeable Gray by Sherwin-Williams, Sharkey Gray by Martha Stewart, Pismo Dunes by Benjamin Moore, and Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. I love all of these colors because they are warmer greiges, which you want you have a warmer wood such as red pine.

Debbie has been going back and forth between blonde maple cabinets and painted. I told her that either one would work, it just depended on the décor style she was looking for. Mixing woods can be very beautiful, but to me the wood in her kitchen would really pop if she went with painted cabinets. I found some inspiration pictures with woodwork and I love the beauty of the wood itself when the rest of the room is a neutral color.

kitchen with wood trim


kitchen with wood trim


white kitchen cabinets with oak trim


kitchen with oak trim


 kitchen with wood trim


My go-to color for white cabinets is White Dove by Benjamin Moore. It’s got a touch of cream to warm up the color and it doesn’t have any weird undertones. Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams is an identical match to White Dove if you prefer Sherwin-Williams.

white dove benjamin moore


With wood, I love beiges, creams, greens, and blues.

paint colors to go with warm wood

 Here are some of my favorites from each category I listed above that would look great with warm, wood trim.

Starting at the top: Ivoire by Sherwin-Williams – a light cream with a touch of yellow.

Network Gray by Sherwin-Williams, a great blue-gray that is a good contrast with wood trim. Here is an example of blue with wood.

blue paint with wood trim


The middle color is Huntington Beige by Benjamin Moore. A great neutral with a hint of brown.

Crisp Khaki by Benjamin Moore– a great tan that would work well with any type of wood trim.

The last color is Svelte Sage by Sherwin-Williams. I love green with wood, as I’ve mentioned before it’s natures best combination. Here is an example of a sagey green with wood.

I hope this helps when trying to decide the best paint color to go with your wood trim. I also hope to follow up with you and show you the transformation of Debbie’s kitchen and let you know what she decides. For more posts I have done on paint colors to go with wood trim and cabinets, see here. Have a great day!

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2017 Paint Color Trends

Happy 2017 everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are inspired to make this new year the best one yet. I am adjusting to having 4 kids and getting back to reality. We’ve had a little bit of a honeymoon phase at our house with the kids out of school and my husband being able to take off work – today is our first “real” day back. So far so good!

Here are a few popular paint brands and their color forecasts for this year. You’ll notice a trend – definitely cooler colors and a lot of purples and blues. If you’ve been following my blog for long, you know I love blues but I have never been a fan of purple undertones, or purple in general for that matter, but maybe this will be the year that I embrace it.

sherwin-williams 2017 color forecast

I would love to try Alchemy on a cute piece of furniture and maybe Marea Baja for our laundry room that needs to be done? Mature Grape could make a bold statement in a bedroom paired with gold accents.

Benjamin Moore 2017 paint color trends

Benjamin Moore has some beautiful colors – Jenny from Evolution of Style painted a small powder room in Gentleman’s Gray which I loved.

Glidden 2017 paint color of the year

Glidden’s palette is probably my favorite – more my style. See more colors at

2017 PPG Paint TrendsFynes Designs

This color palette from PPG has color from all over the spectrum, sure to please someone from any interest and style.

2017 Behr paint color trends

2017 Valspar paint color trends

Behr and Valspar also have categorized their colors into different styles, check them out at and for more inspiration.

I haven’t always loved January, but it’s become one of my favorite months. I love the possibilities a New Year brings, planning, making goals, and dreaming big. We definitely have house projects on our list of things to do and I have loved looking at the different color forecasts for 2017 for new ideas. I will keep you posted on what we decide to do, I hope that you can find some inspiration for your home projects of 2017 as well. Happy 2017!

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Our Early Christmas Present

We received the best Christmas present last Friday and this little boy has consumed all of my energy and time and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I will be back in the New Year with more paint inspiration and consultations. I hope you enjoy the next few days with family and friends and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for following me and visiting Favorite Paint Colors, I truly appreciate it.

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Awesome Paint Prep Products from Trimaco

Happy Friday! I hope you are having a wonderful December so far and enjoy this holiday season. Today I wanted to share with you a few products I received from Trimaco that have helped some of my painting projects go more smoothly.

Our kitchen ceiling was in major need of painting. It  definitely didn’t look white and it had little stains all over. I should have done it before we got our flooring and countertops installed, but we had other projects happening at the time and I didn’t get around to it. Trimaco sent me some awesome products to help keep the paint splatters off the countertops, floors and table, which helped out a ton and were super easy to use.


  1. The first product that I used were these Wonder Rags. I kept one with me while I was on the ladder cutting in and anytime there was a drip, I had it right there with me to wipe away, and they worked great! They didn’t leave any smears, the paint absorbed quickly into the rag, and I was able to use one rag for the whole kitchen – one definitely goes a long way.

Trimaco Wonder Rag - great for painting

Trimaco Wonder Rag

2. This is probably my favorite product I have used from Trimaco. It’s a Stay Put Surface Protector pad, and it does exactly that. It comes in a big roll like the one shown below, and the back side sticks to your surface. It worked great in my kitchen, I put it along the trim and just moved it wherever I was painting and once it was in place it didn’t move until I tore it back up again. I also used it on our carpet as I have been painting some cabinets for our built-ins and loved how it stayed in place and protected the carpet there as well.

Trimaco stay put surface protector3. This is perfect for anyone painting kitchens because you can cover up cabinets and counter tops really easily. It has painters tape on it and then a plastic sheet underneath, so I taped it to my walls and then let the plastic drape over my counters and cabinets. It worked perfectly. 🙂

Trimaco Tape and Drape

Trimaco Tape and Drape

4. And then there is the Butyl Dropcloth. This thing is the bomb. It’s leakproof, heavy duty and durable, and it stays put on your surface and doesn’t slide. I used to put down plastic to protect my surfaces while painting, but I always ended up getting paint where I shouldn’t have because it would bunch up, stick to my feet, or slide all over the place. Or if I was outside a little breeze would start and would blow the plastic onto whatever I was painting. With this dropcloth, you don’t get any of that. We have already used it for multiple projects in the kitchen, dining room and living room. It’s a good investment because it will last you a long time.

Trimaco Eliminator Dropcloth

Trimaco Eliminator Dropcloth

Here is a picture of our kitchen all ready prepped and ready to be painted. The clean up was a breeze and I loved the peace of mind I had knowing that if there were drips that my furniture and floors would be protected. Thank you Trimaco for making my paint job a whole lot easier!

Kitchen paint prep products Kitchen paint prep - Trimaco products

If you are interested in any of these Trimaco products, there are Amazon links below the product or you can visit their website here. Trimaco products are also sold at Sherwin-Williams, Home Depot, Lowes, and Ace Hardware.

I am getting so close to showing you our final kitchen reveal. The ceiling made a huge difference in brightening up the room, along with the new light fixtures we installed. It’s almost there! Thanks for sticking with me through this, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Disclosure: I received these products from Trimaco as compensation for the post. All views and opinions expressed in the post are my own and no other compensation was provided. Affiliate links are used in this post.


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A Few of My Favorite Things

If you’re hopping over from No Biggie, welcome to Favorite Paint Colors! I am so excited to be a part of Favorite Things 2015 and have had so much fun seeing what everyone has shared so far.

Favorite Things 2015

I have always loved this round-up to find out the latest and greatest, get new ideas for Christmas, and to see what works for other bloggers and moms. So I am excited to share a few of MY favorite things with you, and I hope that you can find something that you might love too!

These are in no particular order, and contain some Amazon affiliate links.

1. Christmas music! I can’t tell you how excited I am for Christmas this year. I have two favorite Christmas CDs  that I couldn’t wait to start listening to:

*The Piano Guys – This album is amazing, I could listen to Silent Night and O Come, O Come, Emmanuel over and over. They are beautiful arrangements and the cello and piano are two of my favorite instruments.

The Piano Guys A Family Tradtion

Percy Faith – Music of Christmas. This has been a favorite in our family since my Mom was a little girl. It’s all instrumental and everything that Christmas is about is depicted in this music. I will listen to this every Christmas until the day I die… and probably after. 🙂

2. Bath and Body Works candles, because you can’t have pretty music playing without lighting a candle, right? I found this scent a couple of weeks ago and have fallen in love. My favorite scent used to be “Leaves”, which I still love, but “Welcome” is even better and smells just like the holidays to me. I have it in the wallflower, too, and every time I walk into my laundry room and kitchen where it’s at, I seriously take a deep breath and say to myself out loud how good it smells.  If you want to try this out, make sure you get the Welcome Autumn Spiced Wreath and not the Welcome Mahogany Balsam. They are two completely different scents.Welcome spiced wreath candle - Favorite Things 2015

3. Next up on my list is my clarisonic.

favorite things - clarisonic

I have had mine for about 3 years now and have not only loved how clean my face feels after using it, but I love the improvement I have seen in my skin. I take it everywhere I go, my clarisonic is something I would have a hard time living without. I use it every morning and night, and the few times that I haven’t, my face just doesn’t feel clean. It’s definitely one of my top favorite things.

4. While we are talking about skin, my favorite skin care line is M2. It’s available in a cleanser (that I use with my clarisonic), a refinisher, and moisturizer, and it’s by far the best cleansing system I have used.  Adult acne has always been an issue for me and I have tried a lot of different skin care products to try and clear it up. When I was pregnant with my third it got especially bad, which was super frustrating because I was already using a prescription acne medication that was really expensive and I didn’t think I had any other options but to just deal with it. My sister-in-law, who owns her own medical spa, introduced this line to me and I was hooked. My acne slowly started to clear up, and after using it for 2 years my breakouts are very minimal, and I stopped using my prescription medication, which has saved a lot of money. It has been a lifesaver for my skin!

M2 Exfoliating Cleanser – lasts me 6 months and I use it morning and night.

M2 Skin Refinish – also lasts me 6 months+ and I only use this at night.

m2 moisturizer

M2 Moisturizer – my only complaint I have about this is I run out of it too quick. I have to order it about every 2 months.

5. Another favorite skin care item is E.L.F. primer.

I started using foundation primer a couple of years ago and will never go back. Why? I use way less foundation with primer, it fills in my lines and pores and my foundation goes on much smoother. I first started using Smashbox primer, which I loved, but didn’t love the $40 price tag so I decided on a whim to try E.L.F’s version. To be completely honest, I couldn’t tell a difference. So for $6-$10 a bottle, this is my go-to foundation primer.

6. My favorite thing to wear? Open cardigans.

Open front cardigan - Favorite Things 2015

Love these in the winter because they layer well, are long enough to put on some leggins, and they are sooo comfy.

7. With my open cardigans I love my Hunter boots. My sister found an awesome deal last year so I bought some and have yet to regret it. They are great in mud, rain, and snow and can be worn anywhere from the farm to the mall.  When it’s really cold you can buy boot inserts that keep your toes nice and toasty. I have the Ruby color in gloss.

Ruby gloss Hunter boots - Favorite Things 2015

8. My favorite movie of 2015

I am really hoping that all of you have seen this, if you haven’t, you NEED to! This is seriously the best, most uplifting movie. It has a beautiful message, the music is gorgeous, the casting couldn’t have been more perfect, and it’s CLEAN. I could go on and on, but this is my absolute favorite movie of 2015, hands down.

8.Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

This is the only chap stick I will buy. LOVE IT!!

9. My favorite paint color I am crushing on right now -Gauntlet Gray by Sherwin-Williams. I posted an interior picture of it yesterday.

Gauntlet Gray

10. Last but not least?

Dark Chocolate Coconut Almonds - Favorite Things 2015

Need I say more? Chocolate, coconut and almonds are probably my 3 favorite things to eat… these are so bad. I could easily eat a whole 2 lb. bag within a few days. Next time you are at Costco look for them, or you can order them on Amazon. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Make sure you visit my sister, Melissa for more favorite things, she’s the best! And tomorrow she is doing a link up party if you want to share some of your favorites. Next up on the tour is Miss Mustard Seed. Enjoy!

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