five favorite paint colors for summer

Today I”m so happy to be teaming up with Sherwin-Williams today to showcase some of my favorite summer paint colors.

You see…..I love to paint.


I would rather paint a room than fix a pot roast any day of the week.

Usually I’m all about neutrals.  I’ve already shared my favorite gray paint colors and my favorite white paint colors.

But today?

Today is about fun and summer and sunshine and lemonade and green grass….

….and color.


This is my home away from home.

This is my local Sherwin-Williams store.

I have been walking through those double glass doors way before I ever had a blog.

Sherwin-Willams thistlewood farm

This is me at my local paint store.  

(total aside:  this is the first in a series of pictures where I thought it would be hilarious to toss the paint chips in the air.  Ummm…..can I tell you all the awkward expressions I made in the process?  Only this photo was un-award enough to make the blog).

I should have taken a picture of me waving my hands and pointing and asking a question…..

….because that’s what I’m normally doing when I’m standing in front of the paint chip display.

The best piece of advice someone ever gave me when I purchased my first home…..was to make friends with my local paint store.

And they were right.

Sherwin-Williams Store

Because sometimes when you purchase your first home or start a remodel project or re-do a kitchen or a bathroom….

….you start here.

Standing in front of the paint chips.


And it can be a little overwhelming.

Sherwin-Williams Paint

That’s why I ask questions.  And that’s why I’m friends with all the people that work at the Sherwin-Williams store.

They know what the best trim color is and if you should paint enamel over latex and how to paint a ceiling and what paint you should use in a bathroom…..

…..and on and on and on.

You see….when it comes to paint…..they know the answers.


And now….without further hand-waving or pointing…..

…’s my five favorite colors I picked for summer.

SW Ardent Coral

1.  SW 6874 Ardent Coral

I almost sighed when this picture came up.

This is my go to coral.

It’s what I painted my dresser for the BHG challenge.

It’s the perfect almost orange….but with the slightest hint of pink coral.

SW Impatient Pink

2.  SW 6854 Impatient Pink

I love this pink.

I painted the hutch in the gatehouse SW 6855 Dragon Fruit and I love it, too.

It’s the kind of pink you would take out on the town and ask to the dance.

A little can go a long way with this vibrant color….so I recommend starting with a piece of furniture.

Kind of like dating it first. 🙂

SW Optimistic Yellow

3.  SW 6900 Optimistic Yellow

Okay….seriously….can we start with the name?

Who wouldn’t love a paint color with a positive outlook?

This yellow is soft and warm and cheerful.

And it looks so pretty when you pair it with navy or gray.

SW Lime Rickey

4.  SW 6717 Lime Rickey

I love this green because it reminds me of the back field here on our property.

It’s fresh and fun and vibrant and full of life.

I want to stripe a wall in this green with white and add a canvas painted with a yellow monogram.

SW Joyful Lilac

5.  SW 6972 Joyful Lilac

I like a little bit of purple in all my rooms during the summer.

It’s almost a neutral….but with a little pop of color.

This purple is not overwhelming.

It doesn’t shout.

It simply whispers to you when you enter the room.

Sherwin-Williams Paint Color Selection

And there you have it…..five of my favorite colors for summer.

But why stop there?

There are hundreds of color choices waiting to meet you…..

….just around the corner at your Sherwin-Williams store. 🙂

SW Thistle

PS  I think I found my favorite color of all.  🙂

PPS  One last paint tip.  You should totally check out the paint perks program from Sherwin-Williams.  It’s free to join and you get all kinds of painting tips and ideas for your next painting project.  They also send you a $10.00 coupon after you sign up.  Click here to join.

disclaimer:  This post was sponsored by Sherwin-Williams, but all opinions are completely my own.

Please see my disclosure policy for more information.


  1. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Did they name the paint after you -- Thistle ? I could see you wearing that color. It has a classic appeal but approachable. Not at all like a real thistle that beckons you with the beauty of the flower and then you discover that it is covered in prickly spines. Anyway -- I love your colors and you are soooo correct with becoming friends with paint store people. Have a wonderful day!!

  2. Image for Louise Louise

    Agree, love my local Sherwin Williams paint store. But why, when I went in to get paint for my second project, did they remember me? Hmm-m-m.....can't figure out if that was a good thing or a bad thing. Now, approaching my forth room, they've confirmed I'm nuts. Do love their sales and discounts!

  3. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    Our local paint store is also our local hardware store, so they get us for ALL our projects! Lol! Not sure how I feel about one place knowing our skill-levels on so many things!! :) Beautiful, beautiful colors - I'm especially Gond of your "Ardent Coral!!" Happy Monday!

  4. Image for Kris Kris

    My living room is painted in a color close to Optimistic Yellow. It's subtle but adds warm light to my northern room, especially during our northern winters! Oh, and I'll share my homemade blueberry muffins with you if you'll come paint for me ... ;)

  5. Image for Maaike Maaike

    Nice colors - they could almost describe you! You know, ardent, impatient, optimistic, joyful, and a lime Rickey for refreshment!

  6. Image for Peggy Zortman Peggy Zortman

    That Thistle is dreamy! Not a color person, but I think I would like some of that coral in the bath! Thank you!

  7. Image for Zolane Zolane

    All beautiful choices and I love the names, which always have a tendency to draw me anyway:) I also use Sherwin Williams paint almost exclusively. Their staff is always so helpful and pleasant. Great seeing your happy, smiling face in this post, KariAnne. You are adorable!!!

  8. Image for Jan Jan

    After seeing a friends daughter's room, four years later I decided Dragon Fruit was the right color for my granddaughter's room. She's eleven and loves it. We accented with bright white. I love all the colors you choose.

  9. Image for ashley @ the handmade home ashley @ the handmade home

    Two words. Hawt. MAMA. I can't be friends with you anymore because you'll make me look bad and I'm shallow like that. ;} Seriously though... yay for paint colors but you look Ah. MA. ZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Image for Pat Pat

    Love your colors! I'm not really a pink person but I adore all the pink going on at the Gate House! I had an accent wall painted navy in my bedroom prior to moving in. I found out it's a SW color ~ no wonder I love it! :) xo Pat

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  13. Image for Diana W. Diana W.

    I'm with you Sista! I lurve all the guys at our local Sherwin Williams! They are always very helpful and super sweet. PLUS if you forget the sales coupon? They keep one behind the counter that they will scan if you ask them to! Gotta love a deal!

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