Today I want to talk about mushroom paint colors! What is mushroom exactly? And is this color just trendy? Or will it stand the test of time?
I did something crazy last week…I pulled out some mushroom paint colors and painted the fireplace built-ins Mike built for us.
I know, I know. The white was classic and perfectly fine. I don’t know if I was just trying to keep my mind busy with all that’s been going on, or if the chilly weather has me craving moody, warmer tones.
Whatever it is, I have to say that about half way through the first coat of this mushroom paint I stopped and thought, “what have I DONE?!?!?!”
Hahaha. Oh man, it scared me for sure. But at that point I was already half way finished, and I figured I would just keep going to see how I felt about the change.
I will admit, it’s a BIG change. My bright white focal point in our living room now has a completely different feel, and to be honest I’m still not 100% sure about it.
Mushroom Paint Colors Defined
I have looooved this “mushroom” color for so long. Probably ever since I saw it in a Country Living article back in 2017. Aren’t these kitchen cabinets absolutely gorgeous?! The shade of mushroom paint they chose is such a warm and neutral tone and at the same time still looks clean and simple.
This creamy, warm mushroom paint color is a beautiful mixture of beige and gray. Some call it “greige” and some call it “taupe”, but whatever you want to call it, I personally think it’s beautiful and so perfect in cottage design. Another example of this color is on these beautiful cabinets below, I love how it draws the entire room together!
I could show you so many examples of mushroom paint, there are so many different shades to choose from and all of these photo examples display the color in gorgeous ways! I just love that it pairs beautifully with rustic wood tones and bright whites, and honestly it’s the perfect neutral.
Different Shades of Mushroom Paint
There are many different shades of mushroom paint, including light, medium and dark. I used a dark mushroom shade on my corner cabinet in my dining room and I absolutely love it. The color is called Kingsport Grey by Benjamin Moore, and I’m often asked – “Is it brown or is it gray?” Just what I want to hear! It’s the perfect blend of both.
As you can see below, this perfect shade of mushroom paint on this corner cabinet really draws your eye to the piece, but doesn’t over power the room at the same time. Very simple, neutral and beautiful.
I chose a more medium mushroom shade when we gave our sunroom a makeover this spring. We went with a color called Stone Hearth, also by Benjamin Moore. I painted my entire built-in desk unit this color and I love how it warms up my sunroom.
Are Mushroom Paint Colors Trendy or Timeless?
Mushroom shades are extremely trendy right now, but I do believe they are timeless as well. A classic neutral, mushroom if done right can be beautiful for years to come.
Although I do believe the right shade of mushroom paint can be timeless, I’m not saying it’s right for my living room, I still have to figure that out haha. But mushroom paint colors have been around for centuries, especially in cottage and countryside homes.
Mushroom Painted Fireplace Built-ins
That brings me to our fireplace built-ins. I love mushroom paint colors so much, but is it possible to have too much of it in your home? Probably. All I know is that I kept wondering what it would look like in my living room, so I just had to try it out.
The first color I tried was Stone Hearth, and for whatever reason it looked very pink/purple in my living space (you can tell in the photos below). I even tried changing the wall color next to it (from Halo to White Dove by Benjamin Moore) and still it read lavender-ish to me which isn’t something I was going for.
Well, I did a BIG blogging no no (only because I can’t share the perfect shade with you now) and started mixing paint colors up in my kitchen. I took Stone Hearth and added some plain white, and then I added some Macadamia by Sherwin Williams that I just happened to have in my basement.
I created a mushroom paint color that I *think* I really love…a creamy beige with gray undertones. What I didn’t realize is the domino effect that would follow.
The Halo paint color that is on my walls now doesn’t pair well with the new mushroom color. So now I have to decide if this new change is worth me repainting my entire living room, ha! Seems like a lot, I know, but my living room could use some new paint.
Not only that, but the color I would choose for the walls would most likely be a creamy white. Guess what? My coved ceilings are creamy white. We have never painted them, they have been that way since we moved in.
In other words, painting my walls could lead to painting my ceilings. Goodness gracious. Is this reeeeaaallly something you want to do right now, Andrea?? Haha.
Part of me is craving the change. Sometimes it feels so good to just strip a room down to the bare bones and start fresh. But another part of me is scared to move forward. So I’m going to live with this new color for a while and see where it leads. We’ll see what I end up doing!
This post was so very vulnerable, but I’m curious what you guys think. Am I crazy for diving in and painting our built-ins? Should I go back to white? Will this lead to more painting in our living room on the walls and ceiling? Am I headed in the right direction?
I am so excited to read your answers and opinions in the comments below on this mushroom paint color since I am so torn myself! Please let me know what you think friends!