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An Autumn Inspired Country Paint Palette: Real Homes, Real People, REAL Budgets

Posted on September 26, 2017 by KylieMawdsley
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Virtual E-Design on a Country Farmhouse Home

If you follow my blog, you’ll remember a similar blog post from about a month ago re: a country paint palette with a REAL person in a REAL home with a REAL budget (here).

‘Real Homes, Real People, Real Budgets’ means (to me) that the homeowners have put a bit of their heart and soul into their home. That it’s not about what’s trendy – even if it happens to be, or what’s best for resale – even if it is. It’s about what feels good and is authentic to the family that lives there. It’s about homes that have a little bit of magic. It’s about products and furnishings that fit within their budget, even if they aren’t fancy-shmancy. It’s about homes that aren’t always magazine ready (even if they DO happen to be tidy and organized ALL the time). It’s about homes that invite you in for a glass of wine (because tea is highly over-rated) and would even let you pass-out on their couch, drooling, with Fixer Upper playing on the TV.  That, is a real home to me.

Autumn or fall paint palette ideas. Benjamin Moore. Kylie M Interiors E-design, colour expert virtual

And JUST in time for fall, this REAL home is going to inspire you with a colourful, autumn-inspired palette full of country charm and more! You ready Betty?

Fall, autumn decor idea with pumpkins. Pine furniture, Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan and Cloud White trim. KYlie M E-design

Deedra has been a LONG-time e-design client (she bin’ drinkin’ the Koolaid for YEARS). And in the great words of her hubby…

‘…My wife can decorate with the best of them…however, she has changed color so many times, in so many rooms that we have been able to reduce our tax assessment as we now have less square feet of living space. You know what else we have less of?  Money!  Painting over and over again costs a lot, I meant to say, A LOT of money! The amount of money that my wife has paid to Kylie has WAY more than paid for itself in that we finally have paint colours that work! No more repainting! No more of my wife sitting on the couch with a half dozen paint wheels for hours on end…’ 

And let me finish that off by saying that Deedra has some MAAAD skills, her hubby is right, she CAN decorate with the best of them (including yours truly), now let’s take a look at her beautiful home!

A Farmhouse Country Kitchen

It only makes sense to start our tour in the heart of the home! nd if you’ve EVER tried to take interior photos, you know how hard it can be to get a crisp, bright photo. Deedra did a FAB job and while some of them I couldn’t edit enough to use, I got some beautiful shots to share with you…

Farmhouse country style decor, black console, buffet with artwork, Kylie M E-design, virtual and E-design colour consultant

Eating nook, dining with black farmhouse furniture, Powell Buff paint colour Benjamin Moore and white wainscoting and trim. Country Decor. Kylie M E-design and virtual colour consulting

When it comes to painted furniture, once I went black, I never went back and it looks like Deedra feels the same way!

Benjamin Moore Powell Buff in country farmhouse kitchen. Kylie M E-design

Eating nook in farmhouse country style kitchen. Benjamin Moore Powell Buff, white wainscoting. Kylie M E-design, online colour consultant and expert

Ooooh, this kitchen melts me.  With Benjamin Moore Powell Buff on the walls and soft white wainscoting (Cloud White) it has all of the charm of a farmhouse country kitchen (complete with black soapstone countertops – MAD LOVE!).

Pine wood flooring, farmhouse country style kitchen with red dining room backdrop and wood island. Kylie M E-design

This photo gives you a good shot of the beautiful pine floors, butcher block island and a sneak-peek into the gorgeous autumn-infused dining room…

A Cozy Country Dining Room

I LOVE that Deedra wanted to embrace colour in her dining room, it’s not often I get to play with red (other than what is on my head)!

Dining Room buffet and hutch with white dishes. Onondaga Clay red rust paint colour by Benjamin Moore. Kylie M E-design. Colour consulting

Farmhouse country style buffet in dining room with decor and Benjamin Moore Onondaga Clay or Boxcar Red paint colour. Kylie M Interiors E-design and online, virtual color consulting

Of the beautiful red-inspired options, Deedra settled on Onondaga Clay (otherwise known as Boxcar Red, which I also used in my Mom’s kitchen). It’s a beautiful, grounded way of using red, without being either turned-on all the time or angry (which are common psychological reactions to red – just so you don’t think I’m THAT crazy).

E-design and online paint colour expert Kylie M Interiors. Farmhouse dining room with the best paint colour for pine and oak floor and furniture - Benjamin Moore ONondaga Clay or Boxcar Red

And while I know white is the ‘go-to’ for most farmhouse country looks, I think it’s the black details that make this palette come together. Without them, the palette would have been missing a real grounding factor.

Benjamin Moore Onondaga Clay, Boxcar Red in farmhouse country style dinign room with wood floor, table and chandelier. Kylie M Interiors E-design and online color consulting and e-decor expert

Farmhouse country dining room painted Benjamin Moore Onondaga Clay, red paint colour. Pine wood flooring and furniture. Kylie M Online Colour Consulting and E-design

Above and below, you can see how the dining room is sandwiched between Powell Buff in the kitchen as well as the entryway, giving some flow, balance and a bit of visual relief to the stronger dining room walls.

Farmhouse style dining room, Benjamin Moore Onondaga Clay, Boxcar Red, Powell Buff going up the stairs with pine floor and oak buffet. Kylie M Interiors E-design, online color expert


How often do you get to see solid pine stairs? NEVA! I love this staircase in it’s simplicity. My next passive-aggressive goal is to convince her to paint the risers, banister and spindles white (wink wink nudge nudge Deedra).

Pine and warm toned wood floor, doors, stairs and railings. Similar to oak look. Benjamin Moore Powell Buff, warm beige paint colour. Kylie M E-design, online, virtual colour consulting services

Below, take a sneak peek at the left side of the photo, you’ll notice the lovely bench from the entryway and see how the 2 spaces connect to one another.

The living room is a north facing space and it REALLY gave us a run for our money. Not only is it north facing, but it also has a deck overhang and an owner who is almost as anal about colours as I am! (that would be a compliment btw).

Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan, farmhouse country style living room, brown leather couch. Pine floor and door. Kylie M E-design and Virtual, online color consultant

The winner winner chicken dinner was Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan, lightened by 25%. It hits the spot with regard to warmth and softness. It doesn’t compete with the pine flooring, doors and furniture, but also balances out the cooool northern light coming in the windows.

Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan, warm beige paint colour in living room with pine mantel and wood flooring, furniture. Country, farmhouse style. Autumn or fall palette

I love the rich, warm, earth toned neutrals and accents in this room. I could easily curl up with a bottle glass of wine for an evening.

Benjamin Moore Lenox tan in farmhouse country style living room. Brown leather furniture, pine wood floor, doors. Kylie M E-design, virtual and online colour expert


The Master Bedroom

They say this is where the magic happens and I have NO doubt that’s the case with this beautiful room…

Benjamin Moore Arctic Gray, best blue paint colour. Master Bedroom, dark wood fruniture, pine flooring, white bed linens. Kylie M E-design, online colour expert

The paint colour is Benjamin Moore Arctic Gray, a gorgeous blue/green/gray blend.

Read more:  The 8 Best Blue Green Paint Colours

Benjamin Moore Arctic Gray in master bedroom. Farmhouse country style. Antique wood fireplace surround, mantel. Kylie M E-design. Online colour consultant

E-design and virtual colour consultations. Online color expert Kylie M INteriors. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams specialist (2)

Benjamin Moore Arctic Gray in bedroom with fireplace, old antique mantel, pine flooring. Country decor. Kylie M E-design

Want to see another gorgeous, farmhouse style home palette? A More Colourful Farmhouse Palette

The Home Office

I’d work in here all day! The office is painted in Benjamin Moore Nantucket Gray which is an earth-toned toned green with enough depth to be cozy, but not heavy.

Benjamin Moore Nantucket Gray, a green paint colour. Home office with red and brown accents, country style. Kylie M E-design, virtul and online colour expert

The Guest Bedroom

And one of my fave rooms ever, the guest bedroom…

Guest bedroom, Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue with farmhouse country bed and decor. Kylie M E-design, virtual, online colour consulting

I’m personally not a blue fan, but Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue has won me over with it’s subtle gray undertone with a weeee willy wink of green in it to soften things up. Deedra may want to paint over this soon, otherwise, I might become a permanent guest…I’D NEVER LEAVE!

Bedroom side table vignette. Farmhouse dresser. Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue. Kylie M E-design


So there you have it.  Are you ready to commit to some colour in your home?

Check out my affordable E-Design and Virtual Colour Consulting and let’s do it!

edesign, virtual paint colour consulting. Kylie M Interiors Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams color expert. marketing (22)

Chat soon,

Kylie M Interiors Edecor and Edesign



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      Thank you Brenda! And she’s got a few rooms to go yet, but the time we’re done it’s going to be such a beautifully evolved palette!

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      Yes, that master bedroom is so beautiful – what a retreat. And you can see there’s trees outside the window, it must be a great place to go and unwind by the fire…

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  1. beautiful home, makes me want to work a bit more on clearing out the clutter in my house….i’m a blue and yellow fan, with some brown and cream thrown in, but I love the dining room red too

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      Ooo, it’s a good time to clear out! I hear the book called ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ is supposed to be awesome! And blue and yellow is SO classic, they complement each other so well and the brown/cream just grounds it all.

  2. Beautiful. I love when people know who they are and what they love. I have learned this the hard way through a lot of repainting! Though they may or be as trendy as gray – warm, fall colors and cream are my favorites, and I’m slowly changing my house over! I love your sentiments about real homes at the beginning of the article. So refreshing to hear in our Pinterest era 🙂

  3. This is a fantastic palette, Kylie! I hope we’ll get to see the other rooms as you continue.
    I usually choose Sherwin Wiliams colors but I’m taking a real good look at Lenox Tan after viewing your post. I see you lightened Lenox Tan by 25%. You did the same in a media room you decorated. Is Lenox Tan generally a bit too dark or saturated to use as is?

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      Thank you Connie! Yes, Lenox Tan can sometimes just be that wink too dark (not for everyone) and I’ve found that 25% lighter just takes the edge off of it, particularly for rooms that maybe don’t have quite as much light in them. And good paying attention to that 25% in both of those rooms!

  4. Love, love, love the color palette! I also love that it’s a real home- beautifully decorated as well. Inspiration, thank you Kylie!

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  5. wow! i really really LOVE the choices (all of them, decorating AND paint). well done to you & your client, this pulls extremely well together!

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      Thank you Alex, she is one of my long-time and ‘personal fave’ clients – we’ve had a lot of colour fun together in the last few years!

  6. I love the colors in all the rooms., beautiful ,! I am going to try a sample of the Lenox tan in my family room . Do you mind telling me what color you used for the trim ? I’ve used Powell buff in two homes and it’s really a great color anywhere .

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