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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 room – Benjamin 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 - www.thelilypadcottage.com

Master Bedroom/Bath – Benjamin 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 - www.thelilypadcottage.com

 Playroom – Benjamin 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.

A playroom with blue walls

 Halls/Laundry Room – Mythic, 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.

A 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 - www.thelilypadcottage.com

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 Room- B731-4 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 :)

A bedroom with a bed and a chair in a room

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

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  1. 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!

    1. 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!

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

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  4. 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!!!

    1. 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!

  5. 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……

  6. 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. Love you paint color choices. What color is your trim/woodwork throughout your house? Thanks!

  8. 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.

  9. Love the colors of your home. Each room looks like it belongs in the pages of Pottery Barn. Want to come help me decorate my home? ;)

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. Thanks so much for this Kelly…I have been meaning to redo our little guys bedroom colors and this is a good start! Christine fromLittle Brags

  13. 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!

  14. 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 :-)

    1. Thanks so much Petra, if only you could see the play room now it’s a reck – and our dog somehow ate the letter E ha :)

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