My Paint Colors – 8 Relaxed Lake House Colors

So I have been meaning to write this post for about 9 months now, (does that make this my baby??) I even promised a few of you it was coming!   Well, TADA better late than never right?  I get an email about once a week or so asking what the paint colors in our house are and I’m always happy to list them all off, but how about some easy one stop shopping?  

Lake House Paint Colors - The Lily Pad Cottage

I even made a fun graphic for you so you can pin it for easy reference.  Here a few more details plus house shots so you can see the colors in action.

Family/Dining roomBenjamin Moore, Santorini Blue

I love how bright and cheery this color is and it really makes our dark floors and all my beloved white pop.

Dining area -

Master Bedroom/BathBenjamin Moore, Arctic Grey 

I have to say in person this has a little more blue in it than it looks on the swatch, but I absolutely love this color.  Hands down my favorite paint in our house.

Master Bath -

 PlayroomBenjamin Moore, Newburyport Blue

This Navy is perfect for the nautical vibe in our playroom.  I didn’t mention the beige color on the back wall in this photo, Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore, because  I recently painted it the Silver Side color (I’m getting there next!), but it is a nice neutral.


 Halls/Laundry RoomMythic, Silver Side (141-2)

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect greige, light grayish, but not too grayish, with a hint of beige, not too cool, not too warm, not too dark, not too light… clearly I have Goldilocks problems…

If that sounds confusing to you, you should have seen the look the guy at the paint store gave me when I was describing this elusive color!  I finally found one I was happy with though, Silver Side and I LOVE it.  It makes our whole house feel light and airy without feeling cold.

Laundry Room

Big Boy Room8784D Blackthorn 

I don’t know the brand on this color, it was a color match.  If you hang out here often you know I like to wing it, I had the urge to paint little man’s room dark grey so I drove myself to the paint store and asked my poor paint guy for his paint decks.  I just went with my gut and picked one, it was on an old deck but they matched it.  When you google 8784D Blackthorn it still comes up, so hopefully your paint store can help you out. 

Nautical Big Boy Room Reveal -

Kids Bath – Benjamin Moore, You Are My Sunshine

How could I not pick a color with a name like that?


 Planked WallOlympic, Silver Feather

This is another example where I just winged it, picking out white can be tricky but this one is a cooler toned one that works well with the blues and grays in my house.

Planked Entry way and fun decor ideas

Big Girl RoomB731-4 Touch of Green

Ok so this one was tricky.  I picked out a paint swatch at Lowe’s which was called Blanket by Valspar and for once took it home with me instead of pulling the trigger.  I decided it would work and brought it to my local paint store to save myself a trip in town, (yes we live in the middle of nowhere) so my paint guy color matched it…

BUT one of my readers emailed me saying she went to use this on the wall and it was little brighter than mine.  Which prompted me to grab my swatch and hold it up to my girlie’s walls.  Sure enough it was a bit brighter, so I guess the color match wasn’t exactly right on.  

I decided to do some research and brought my leftover paint to the paint store. They ran the numbers on the can and told me it was actually a color match of Para Paints B731-4 Touch of Green, which was as close as they could get to the Blanket color!  I’m so glad I cleared that up and I sincerely apologize to anyone who asked me about this paint color and I led them astray – I didn’t realize the color match could be so far off.  Although the colors are still pretty close, Touch of Green just has a bit more of, you guessed it – green in it :)


Now that I have thoroughly confused you, here is my handy dandy color chart one more time…

Lake House Paint Colors - The Lily Pad Cottage


  1. Petra says

    Kelly – the colours are just my cup of tea! I love all the rooms of course, and the photos are very well done and so clear. Love the playroom – all those gorgeous alphabet letters on the wall :-)

  2. Chrissie Neupert says

    I have been going crazy for years trying to find the perfect “greige”. (But I never had the cool name for it.) It wouldn’t surprise me if my local stores named me the Crazy Paint Lady. Thanks!

  3. says

    This is very helpful. I don’t know what it is, but I have a very difficult time picking paint colors. It took me months to pick a color for an accent wall in our living room and I was getting so anxious even after purchasing it! But I really like how these colors pair so well together and I’ll definitely reference this in the future- thanks!

  4. says

    Those are great colors! I currently have Santorini blue in my bathroom and Newburyport blue in my daughter’s room with white wainscotting. Since we didn’t know her gender, we decided to go with a classic “navy” and I love it. We now have added in some lavendar and pink accents. You have a beautiful home. Love looking at your house photos!

  5. says

    Your color choices are all gorgeous. Thank you so much for giving the names. I am up for some color changes this year. Your home is so inviting.

  6. says

    I just stumbled upon your blog via pinterest (looking up laundry room storage ideas) and I think you’re AMAZING at staging for your photos! I love the simplicity of the bench with the apples and fern in the boots! Too sweet. ;)

  7. Ema says

    Kelly, I stumbled upon your blog after looking at the same PB Teen bedding for my girl, as you did for yours. Of note, my daughter is 2 and I totally got you and your feelings on looking at PB Teen (gulp!) bedding for a very little lady. And just like you, I’m trying to avoid a bubblegum pink room. Besides that, your blog is wonderful and couldn’t help myself in looking at all of your paint colors throughout your home. I have to say that your color scheme for your entire house is simply BEAUTIFUL and STUNNING and perfect for a lake house. We have a retention pond in our back yard (the builder initially intended it to be a “lake view” property but unfortunately whenever it rained the water level rose, people freaked about flooding and so a retention pond it became–but really, it’s just an unfortunate eye-sore now). BUT I want to justify to myself that we have a “lake view” so that I can repaint my entire house with your beautiful lake house colors! I am absolutely in LOVE with your colors. I felt like you did all the work for me in selecting these colors for each room in my house ;) Thanks so much for posting this! I hope my Mr is gonna be as excited to do a lot of painting this year……

  8. Ashly Hurley says

    Oh wow!! Officially so excited! We are buying my parents lake house (yes, the house I fell in love with at the young age of 9)! I’m awful at choosing paint colors and this is going to be great! Maybe I missed it but, did you post what color the outside of your house is? I love it all!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    • says

      HI Ashly, oh that is so exciting! I unfortunately don’t know what color siding we have, we built before I was blogging so I didn’t keep track of all that info. Sorry! Good luck in your new home!

  9. Brenda says

    LOVE your decor and your visions! Can you share where you purchased, or the brand of the area rug under your dining table?

  10. Lissa says

    LOVE the blog and these colors! It was the way I finally got my husband to agree on paint colors for our new house. :-) So yes, we’re totally stealing your color pallet! Were there any other colors you would have thrown into the mix or you’d also recommend play around with that go with the bulk of these again? The one color we’re hesitating on is the “Touch of Green”, because our old kitchen was that color, and we’re just not ready to go back there. :-) But I have no idea what to switch it out for. I have a room I’d considering using it in, but would it be weird then to have just *one* room this *one* other paint color? Any words of advice? Thanks!

    • says

      Thanks! So the touch of green is in my daughters room, it’s definitely more of an aqua that works perfect for a little girls room but maybe not in rotation elsewhere in the home. My go to paint color choice is always white if I’m mixing it in with a lot of other colors! Also I just repainting my living area Brittany Blue instead of the Santorini Blue and I really love the slightly lighter/brighter color, so that would be a good option too!

  11. Darcia Cowart says

    Dear Kelly,
    Wow! Love every room in your house! We are redoing a rental house and I chose a light gray for all the main rooms with white high gloss trim. All my drape rods are black along with my light fixtures I picked up at consignment, Black Lion type of shops. I have scrunch cream burlap on the cords, and cream burlap/ linen drapes trimmed in black I have several shadow boxes in white and black. So our cabinets are a oak in a dark stain, I want to chalk paint them. I want them to be a gray on the bottom, and cream on top??? Any suggestions on colors??? I will have new silver hardware. If not gray what colors do you suggest to give this house a chabby chic make over the master bedroom is in a lighter share of you are my sunshine. Again will redo the cabinets there. So pretty much the same colors you have adding cream burlap and black,

    • says

      I think the grey and white sounds fabulous!! I like Silent White by Clark+Kensington, that has been my go to white for a while now. There are too many greys out there to count, but I love the two tone idea!

  12. Sheree says

    Hi Kelly, I love Your colour scheme! I live in Australia & these colours would suit our climate perfectly.
    What colour flows or joins your rooms?
    Warm Regards Sheree

  13. Maureen says

    Hi Kelly!
    I just wanted to Thank You for some kitchen advice you gave me a while back. I went with the silestone counters and couldn’t be happier!! They look stunning with my white shaker cabinets and dark hardwoods. Thanks again!

  14. Sue says

    Hi Kelly
    LOVE LOVE LOVE all your paint colors. We purchased a lake house last fall, and now are redecorating it. I am basically copying your decorating style and ideas. I have a BIG question for you:
    What type of paint finish did you use for: Arctic Grey
    Santorini Blue
    Silver Feather
    Silver Side
    Flat? Semi Gloss? Satin? I would REALLY REALLY appreciate your input here!

    • says

      Hi Sue! Paint finishes are SO tricky! I love the look of flat paint but with my kids running around I have found that an eggshell finish works much better for practicality, good luck with your redecorating!

  15. Connie says

    I commented on your home tour post asking what color was used in your dining room then I found this post. Is this the same color that is still in the dining room? Thank you so much for this post! I LOVE all of these colors! Our tastes are eerily similar…are you sure we weren’t separated at birth? :)

    • says

      Hi Carrie not sure of the exact color since this was about 3 years ago now, I purchased it at Lowes and it was the darkest pink color they had, hope that helps?

  16. Rachel says

    I love your paint colors! Your description of what you were looking for when you found silver side is exactly what I am currently looking for! Where did you find it? It looks like you can only order it online?

    • says

      Hi Rachel, I bought it at a local paint store but I’ve had lots of people say they can’t seem to find it. Not sure if they discontinued the color? Sorry!

  17. Alysia says

    Hello! Beautiful colors. I was wondering if the You are my Sunshine has a touch of pink to it? It looks like it in the pictures but it seems to be in the yellows category.

  18. Isabelle says

    Hi, I love your blog. I am also looking for this elusive imaginary greige!!! So looked up your silver side and it is just pure grey! Are you sure that is the name of the color?

    I am desperate for the perfect greige!

    • says

      Hi Isabelle I’ve had other people say they are having a hard time finding this color too but that’s whats on the top of the can – sorry!

      • Isabelle says

        Kelly, thank you for your reply. Its just different houses :) all greige colors look silver/pure grey in our house. I dont know why. I guess i just have to get in board the cool grey train :)

        Love your house! Ive used your blog to convince my husband we need to buy this waterfront fixxer upper. He’s halfway on board!

  19. Karli says

    I love the Santorini Blue and I am thinking it would look great on a piece of furniture and then carefully white wash and wipe off to give it that aged antique look, then maybe do a stencil to give it that one of a kind look. I have been experimenting with chalk paint and furniture but this blue is awesome. Thank you for sharing.

  20. Stella says

    I am considering using arctic gray in my large north facing living room with front and side windows. Does this color ever feel cold or icy? It’s open to a connecting hallway and large family room (was considering boothbay gray). Thanks!


  1. […] UPDATE – I had the paint color color matched at a local paint store and after hearing from a reader that it was quite a bit brighter than what my room was I did some research.  I brought the paint can back to the store and they ran the numbers the color is actually A Touch of Green NOT Blanket!  Read more about it and the rest of my paint colors here. […]

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