Colors Collage

This page was created to show off the gorgeous colors that are available in our line.  We use all natural pigments in our paint, so there is a possible 15% variation from one batch to the next.  Please keep this in mind when selecting the right color for your project.  Happy painting!

Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 10.27.23 AMWe are so excited to introduce the six newest additions to our Milk Paint line.  Say hello to our European colours.  They will be hitting the shelves January 24, 2015.  (The colors will be available on a limited basis outside of Europe.  Please call your local retailer to make sure they carry the color you want.)

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Mora Collage

say hello to mora…

Mora is named for the famous curvy clocks made in Mora, Sweden.  It is a whisper of a color – a neutral with gray, blue and green undertones.

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say hello to marzipan…

Named for the delicious almond paste famous in Germany, Marzipan is an equally delicious warm neutral.  It’s an off-white with beige and warm gray undertones. It pairs beautifully with Ironstone for a subtle contrast.

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say hello to bergere…

This smokey blue gray inspired by the painted frames of a pair of antique French Bergere chairs.  This blue is more subtle than the other blues in our line, but still makes a statement.

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say hello to layla’s mint…

A version of this warm, minty green was originally custom-mixed for Layla of The Lettered Cottage.  It ended up being the perfect green to add to our subtle European colour collection.

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say hello to arabesque…

Think ballet tights, dusty pink tutus and pale tea roses and you’ll have a good idea what to expect from Arabesque.  This decidedly feminine color is also surprisingly neutral, making this pink one that goes beyond nurseries.

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say hello to schloss…

This rich, stone color is named Schloss, the German word for castle.  It’s warmer and richer than Trophy, making it the “greige” that our customers have been asking for!

Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 10.27.23 AMIf you can’t decide which color is right for you, check out this video description of 18 of our signature colors…

We also have NEW paint decks now available at your local retailer, so you can find the perfect match in person.
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say hello to trophy…

Trophy is a warm, rich gray with yellow undertones.  Unlike Shutter Gray, which is very blue, Trophy is a truer gray reminiscent of tarnished silver found on antique trophies.

Marian loves to layer Trophy under Grain Sack and Ironstone for a faded, Swedish finish.

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say hello to apron strings…

Apron Strings is a raspberry/coral color named by one of Marian’s blog readers.  She remembered her grandmother wearing a coral apron and Marian loved the story she shared and the feelings evoked by the name.

When mixed with Ironstone, beautiful shades of coral can be found.

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say hello to curio…

Curio is a rich, walnut brown that is perfect to use as a glaze or stain.  It’s also a great color to use for mixing with other colors.  It was named for the rich wood on a curio Marian inherited from her aunt.

Pair Curio with a lightened version of Apron Strings for a classic brown and pink pairing.

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say hello to boxwood…

Boxwood is our rich, dark grassy green.  Depending on the finish used on the piece, it can look bright and bold or subtle – more like a muted olive.  Boxwood is named for the preserved boxwood wreaths and topiaries Marian uses in her interiors.

Boxwood mixes well with Grain Sack to create a pale aqua.  Layer under Lucketts Green for a two-toned, monochromatic look.

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kitchen Scale Collage

say hello to kitchen scale…

Kitchen Scale is a rich teal, named after an antique scale Marian once owned in her kitchen.  The scale has since been passed along to Jennylyn, the president of Homestead House Paint Co.

Kitchen Scale can be mixed with Linen to achieve a soft, robin’s egg blue.  It pairs well with Grain Sack.

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Mustard Seed Yellow Collage

say hello to mustard seed yellow…

Mustard Seed Yellow is a warm, buttery yellow.  It’s bright without being too bold and it’s a perfect “happy yellow.”

Mix it with Tricycle for varying shades of coral.  It pairs well with Shutter Gray and Lucketts Green.

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Ironstone Collage

say hello to ironstone…

Ironstone is the closest to a pure white currently in the line.  It is named after Marian’s favorite thing to collect, white ironstone chine.  This color is a slightly cooler off-white and pulls a little gray.  If you want white, this is your color.

Mix Ironstone with colors to lighten.  Obviously, white pairs well with everything!

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Lucketts Green Collage

say hello to luckett’s green…

Lucketts Green is named after the color of the shingled siding on The Old Lucketts Store in Lucketts, Virginia.  It is Marian’s favorite antique store and source of design inspiration, and she was a vendor there for several years.  Lucketts Green is a soft, spring green with yellow undertones.  It’s very close to the color commonly found on furniture in the 1930’s and 1940’s, making it the perfect vintage green.

Mix with Boxwood to make a bright, grassy green or with Linen for a pale pastel.  For a nice contrast, Lucketts Green pairs well with Artissimo and Dried Lavender.

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Typewriter Collage

say hello to typewriter…

Typewriter is the black in our line.  Marian describes it as an off-black or soft black.  It is named for the black color traditionally found on antique typewriters.

Mix Typewriter with any of the colors in the line to make them darker and more muted.  For example, when mixed with Boxwood, a deep olive green can be achieved.  Mix it with Grain Sack to make a perfect charcoal gray.

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grain sack Collage

say hello to grain sack…

Grain Sack is one of Marian’s favorite colors, named for the color of antique European grain sacks.  It’s a chameleon color, meaning it looks different depending on what is around it.  Sometimes it looks white, sometimes gray and sometimes more beige.

Grain Sack is a great color to mix in order to lighten without making the color too pastel.  It pairs well with the other grays in the line – Shutter Gray and Trophy.

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French Enamel Collage

say hello to french enamel…

French Enamel is named for the French enamelware pitchers Marian has always admired in antique stores and magazines.  The color is a vibrant, mid-tone blue.

Mix it with Tricycle for a vibrant purple or Typewriter for a darker, more muted blue.  It pairs well with Flow Blue and Mustard Seed Yellow.

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say hello to tricycle…

Tricycle is the perfect red.  It’s bold and bright, but still has a warm, classic look to it.  When Marian was naming the red in her line, Tricycle immediately came to mind.

Mix it with Ironstone to get varying shades of pink and with Curio to make a deeper barn red.

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shutter gray Collage

say hello to shutter gray…

Shutter Gray is another one of Marian’s favorites.  It’s a French blue/gray that has a faded quality about it.  It’s named for a pair of antique gray shutters Marian found at an antique store.

For a pale blue gray, mix Shutter Gray with Grain Sack.  It pairs well with Mustard Seed Yellow and Linen.

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Dried Lavender Collage

say hello to dried lavender…

Dried Lavender is a soft, smoky purple with gray undertones.  Marian has sold dried lavender stems in her retail spaces for years, so when adding a purple to this line that was a natural connection.

Mix Dried Lavender with Linen for a pale pastel purple, and it pairs beautifully with Lucketts Green.

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say hello to eulalie’s sky…

Eulalie’s Sky is a pale greenish-blue named after the color in the sky of a cow painting by artist Cindy Austin.  Marian named the cow Eulalie and she has hung happily in her home for several years and has become a trademark of Marian’s style.

This color pairs well with Linen and Kitchen Scale.

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say hello to artissimo…

Artissimo is our navy/midnight blue named for the blue and white fabric Marian used in her master suite. Depending on the finish, it can look like a brighter royal blue or almost black.

Artissimo pairs well with Boxwood and the other blues in our line.

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flow blue Collage

say hello to flow blue…

Flow Blue is a rich blue that’s deeper than French Enamel, but not as dark as Artissimo.  It’s named after the blues found on antique “flow blue” china.

Marian loves Flow Blue layered under French Enamel for a two-toned finish.  It pairs well with Boxwood.

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say hello to linen…

Linen is the cream in our line.  Named for linen fabrics that have slightly yellowed with age, this color has warm undertones and is a nice, creamy white.

Mix Linen with colors to make the color lighter and warmer.  Linen mixes and pairs beautifully with Apron Strings and Kitchen Scale.

Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 10.27.23 AMDid you know you can mix our milk paint colors in order to make custom colors?  Well, you can!  Click HERE to use a color mixing tool, created by one of our retailers, to find the custom color that’s right for your project.

Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 10.27.23 AM MMSMP Color of the Month Schedule

  • January – Ironstone & Bergere
  • February – Apron Strings & Arabesque
  • March – Trophy & French Enamel
  • April – Dried Lavender & Lucketts Green
  • May – Eulalie’s Sky & Linen
  • June – Kitchen Scale & Grain Sack
  • July – Artissimo & Tricycle
  • August – Flow Blue & Layla’s Mint
  • September – Shutter Gray & Mora
  • October – Typewriter & Schloss
  • November – Curio & Mustard Seed Yellow
  • December – Boxwood & Marzipan