This Light Colored Paint Scheme Revived our Home

This Light Colored Paint Scheme Revived our Home

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I’m so surprised to say that a light colored paint scheme is making our moulding and millwork pop. But it really is!

Updating your home with a light colored paint scheme has been on trend for a while now. We probably have JoAnna Gaines to thank for that. She makes light walls look beautiful. But I was kind of afraid to go whole house with it. But now that I’m updating our 7th room with this look, I have to say it absolutely improves every single room so far!

This light, fresh paint color makes our rooms seem more homey, less cluttered, and a bit more elegant. Which is a miracle in itself. 😉 I’m not a designer, guys.  I was a Software Developer in my former life. But I try pretty hard to put a pretty space together. So, seeing how lightening up the paint color on the walls has refreshed our home, has been a great design learning experience.

AND, the most amazing thing is that this light colored paint scheme is also making our millwork, crown molding, and the architecture, in general, just pop! Check out these pictures to see what I mean. Maybe a light colored paint scheme would be the perfect idea for your home too.

Light Colored Paint Scheme- Room Makeovers in Progress

How a light colored paint scheme has transformed this home and even made the crown molding and millwork pop! #AbbottsAtHome #LightWalls #WhiteWalls #GreyWalls #PaintIdeas
Just check out this before photo on our stairs. That new light wall color (at top of post) seems to make the banister and all of that beautiful millwork stand out. This makeover is still in progress. There’s still more to do. But such a vast improvement already.
How a light colored paint scheme has transformed this home and even made the crown molding and millwork pop! #AbbottsAtHome #LightWalls #WhiteWalls #GreyWalls #PaintIdeas
On the large ceiling that connects our living room, upstairs landing, and foyer; I went with the Sandstone Cove too. The existing white was just a basic builders grade that needed a change. Going slightly darker on the ceiling lets that beautiful chunky molding shine! The full reveal of this landing will be coming soon.
How a light colored paint scheme has transformed this home and even made the crown molding and millwork pop! #AbbottsAtHome #LightWalls #WhiteWalls #GreyWalls #PaintIdeas
How sad is that crown. It’s so gorgeous but a bad paint job and boring ceiling don’t do it justice.

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Light Colored Paint Scheme- Paint Colors Used in these Photos

  • Behr’s Sandstone Cove in Eggshell, on the walls and ceilings (where mentioned)
  • Behr’s Polished Pearl in Eggshell, on the crown molding and millwork

Light Colored Paint Scheme- Completed Rooms

Going for a light grey color on the walls and ceiling makes this beautiful tray ceiling millwork pop! #AbbottsAtHome #LightWalls #WhiteWalls #GreyWalls #PaintIdeas
You can find the DIY steps for how I added that pretty and simple molding to our tray ceiling. The before picture is pretty bland and sad, guys. I’m so sad I made this change. The room is so light and bright. And having Sandstone Cove on the ceiling and the walls lets that Polished Pearl on the molding really pop!
A matching light colored paint scheme on the walls and upper cabinets makes this laundry room feel more open! #AbbottsAtHome #LightWalls #WhiteWalls #GreyWalls #PaintIdeas
For our latest Laundry Room Makeover, I went with Sandtsone Cove on the walls and the upper cabinets. Using the same color here makes the room feel more open and bright. The Polished Pearl is on the backsplash. And that beautiful teal color is Magnolia Homes by Kilz Spontaneous. It’s amazing, right!
How a light colored paint scheme has transformed this home and even made the crown molding and millwork pop! #AbbottsAtHome #LightWalls #WhiteWalls #GreyWalls #PaintIdeas
Here’s the view from our kitchen island of the Mudroom/ Laundry Room. This area was just featured in the October 2018 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. Yea!! Again the walls and cabinets are Behr’s Sandstone Cove. The v-groove paneling, connecting the upper and lower mudroom cabinets, is Polished Pearl.
How a light colored paint scheme has transformed this home and even made the crown molding and millwork pop! #AbbottsAtHome #LightWalls #WhiteWalls #GreyWalls #PaintIdeas
You can see Sandstone Cove on the walls of our Kitchen Remodel too.
How a light colored paint scheme has transformed this home and even made the crown molding and millwork pop! #AbbottsAtHome #LightWalls #WhiteWalls #GreyWalls #PaintIdeas
Polished Pearl on my DIY Board and Batten feature wall in our boys’ room is a personal favorite of mine. I love that wall. You can find the DIY tutorial for those upholstered headboards here too.
How a light colored paint scheme has transformed this home and even made the crown molding and millwork pop! #AbbottsAtHome #LightWalls #WhiteWalls #GreyWalls #PaintIdeas
Loving pops of color on furniture with light walls these days. How about you? I have totally switched my approach to rooms. It’s all light neutral walls now and pops of color in the furniture. This is Sandstone Cove walls and Polished Pearl baseboards. The bench is an easy woodworking DIY I just finished.

I’ll be sharing a lot more shots of this light color on more rooms around our home soon be sure to follow along with my home makeover progress on Instagram. And, find more of my Favorite Paint Color Ideas & Inspiration on my Pinterest Board. 🙂


Looking for more home design inspiration? Check out our Small, but Colorful Powder Room reveal.

You'll love these Small Colorful Modern Farmhouse Powder Room Ideas! Most of these updates were DIY projects you can do at home. This was my first time hanging wallpaper and I was able to get it done in 1 day! #Wallpaper #AbbottsAtHome #PowderRoom #BathroomIdeas #ModernFarmhouse

Or, this fun bedroom makeover for our 3 and 5 year old’s.

Do you love Before and After Home Makeovers? Check out this blue, white, and grey kids bedroom full of pops of fun colors. I think it's a bit Farmhouse, a bit traditional, and a bit Land of Nod. #kidsbedroom #kidsroom #boysbedroom #bedroomideas
Check out this before and after! It was so drab after years of rushed bedroom changes as the boys grew. It was in serious need of an update!

Feeling inspired? Now you know how this light colored paint scheme changed our home. Let me know if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the Abbotts At Home email newsletter to get DIY, Remodeling, and Crafty ideas in your inbox.

8 thoughts on “This Light Colored Paint Scheme Revived our Home

  1. Outstanding! I love everything

  2. Your stairway looks beautiful! I just redid ours and ca appreciate the work you put into it. Love the new color throughout the house. – Cheryl

  3. You are so right, the light colours really do make the highlights of the rooms pop! Everything is looking wonderful. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope you are having a great week!

  4. Love the staircase, we need to do something like that to our house too. It’s so in need of a little paint. Thanks for sharing on To Grandma’s House We Go!

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