If your home’s trim or cabinets are painted in Sherwin Williams “Crisp Linen” and you’re looking for colors that match without clashing, here’s 4 palette options to try.
Considering whether or not to use Crisp Linen? You may want to choose another warm white that’s not quite so custardy. So unless you want a very warm and peachy white, I’d suggest SW 7012 Creamy instead.
SW 6378 Crisp Linen is a very warm white with a pale tan hue and has a definite pinkish undertone as well as yellow which means it can easily look peachy.
SW 6378 has no cool tones so keep that in mind when you’re picking colors to coordinate with it. Any harmonizing colors should be warm with corresponding red or yellow hues.
Crisp Linen can throw a pinkish yellowy cast over the room so when choosing lighting and flooring keep that in mind too. Try to avoid any cool tones (blue or black) in stone, wood or tile flooring and use light bulbs that are pure or warm white. Lampshades or light covering scan also throw off a lightbulb color so consider keeping those in warm tones.
Crisp Linen can be used as trim paint, cabinet color or wall color. If your home’s trim is painted in SW 6378, use one of these accent colors for walls or cabinets to keep your color scheme warm and lively without clashing with Crisp Linen’s peachy side!
Walls painted in SW 6378 Crisp Linen below.
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Color Schemes using SW 6378 Crisp Linen
1. Monochromatic Color Scheme
These two neutral colors, Irish Cream and Believable Buff will pair nicely with Crisp Linen and are perfect if you want a little deeper color on the walls with Crisp Linen as the trim. Believable Buff is a versatile neutral and here’s several other coordinating palettes that work with this popular tan shade.
Irish Cream is a little lighter than Believable Buff but a shade or two darker than Crisp Linen. Perfect for picking out Crisp Linen trim, whether you use it on the bottom half of wainscotting or inside a bookcase shelf. When you want to keep your room neutral or monochromatic but crave a little something extra, Irish Cream will play happily alongside Crisp Linen.
2. Coastal Color Scheme
Stepping away from the monochromatic look, but still keeping it neutral, these two coastal inspired colors Salt Spray and Eventide will add a touch of elegance and a beachy vibe to a Crisp Linen trimmed room. I consider these warm cool colors, they’re visually cooler than the creamy linen paint but they’re still a warm version of greeny gray especially Salt Spray. Very sophisticated and on trend and oh so versatile.
Have fun decorating with woven accents, off whites with patterns of gray, even using deeper shades of these sea shades in your glassware or pottery. Either of these colors would look fabulous on walls with Crisp Linen as the trim or cabinet color. They can also be used inside a bookcase to add depth, on cabinets or the deeper color, Eventide on a guest bath, powder room or study wall.
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3. Warm Accent Color Scheme
Consider these two warm colors as accents to add spice and contrast to the neutral Crisp Linen. Depending on your color preferences, Chrysanthemum or Bakelite Gold can be used in small amounts in a powder room or bath wall. Or if you live in a cold climate and want to add some visual heat, by all means experiment with using them in a kitchen, den or study.
Both of these “hot” colors work well with the cooler Salt Spray and Eventide as well as SW 6378 Crisp Linen. In fact they all play well together. How you mix and match them is up to you. Use the spicy colors in fabrics, throws and pillows instead of as paint. Another way to incorporate these colors in your room is painting them on an accent piece of furniture such as a chest of drawers, end table or console table.
4. Traditional Color Scheme
These two colors are featured by Sherwin Williams as coordinating colors to SW 6378. In my mind they represent a very good traditional or more masculine color palette. Darker and more intense, neither of these colors would work well with my other choices but I include them here in case you’re looking for a deeper richer look.
Beige Intenso could be used on the bottom half of a wall, as an accent wall or on cabinetry. I see Marea Baja, a deep teal blue as a cabinet paint, accent wall or used to paint accent pieces of furniture. Don’t forget either of these colors can be used in accessories, fabrics and pillows.
Keep in mind colors on a computer screen will look slightly different than the actual color. I recommend taking a swatch home before buying paint.
How to Use a Color Scheme Throughout the House
Choosing a color palette or scheme is the first step when designing any space. With a selected group of colors that work well together you always have a blueprint or visual of what colors to use. Using consistent colors throughout your home makes it feel calmer, more pulled together and intentional. You never have to stop and wonder… what do I do now?
Does this mean you can’t use any other colors? Of course not! Use deeper darker or lighter accent colors in your accessories, furniture and flooring.
My advice is to use these color palettes for your walls, but also use them to pick other wall and flooring finishes like rugs and tile. Not sure about the tone in a rug sample? Hold it up to the paint swatch and look at it in natural light. Use your paint swatches to pick tile backsplash and bathroom tile. It doesn’t have to match but it should be in the same hue or tint. Don’t worry you don’t have to worry about what that means, just do the natural light test. Take both tile and paint sample outside or in a window with filtered natural light and compare. You want both colors to work together, cool to cool or warm to warm.
Use your color palette as a guide to choosing the color of any large piece of furniture like a sofa. Same with curtains or window treatments. Every time you repeat these colors, whether as a solid (painted wall), a texture (flooring) or a pattern (fabric) you’re making this color thing work. Your home will thank you.
When making those sometimes tough choices about what to buy, what to keep or what to get rid of in your home, keep your palette in mind to help you decide.
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