New vintage paint color collection from Sherwin Williams + HGTV Home

Midcentury paint colorsHere’s another set of vintage and midcentury paint colors to add to our list — the HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams ‘Vintage Finds’ paint color collection, available through Lowe’s. We first received a tip about this paint collection from reader Lisa in April, but were unsuccessful finding any information online. So I took a real-life trip to Lowe’s to look for myself. Sure enough, nestled amongst several other themed paint collections was a cheerful mix of vintage inspired paint colors. 
Midcentury paint colorsMidcentury paint colorsThe photos in the ‘Vintage Finds’ brochure feature a mix of midcentury modern decor from the 1950s and 1960s. This paint collection seems to be a contemporary update to the classic, now-discontinued Sherwin Williams Suburban Modern paint collection — although if you refer to our archived chips, you can still get the Suburban Modern colors.

Midcentury paint colorsLike the brochure’s imagery, the range of retro modern styles is reflected in the paint colors themselves. Of the 20 colors in the ‘Vintage Finds’ pallet you will find several cheery colors that evoke a 1950s and early 1960s feel — such as Refresh (aqua), Lotus Flower (light pink) and Dusty Coral… along with paint chips that speak more to the later 1960s — like Amber Wave (bright orange), Red Cent (burnt orange) and Frolic (acid green). To appeal to the mainstream trends, there are also several neutral colors like Softer Tan, Fenland and — gee, golly, ugh, this is why we call this collection a “modern” update to Suburban Modern — the collection includes a color called Perfect Greige. Note: We don’t h*** the color gray — for sure, we see gray used in midcentury homes — Pam says she adores pink and gray bathrooms, for example — it’s just the gray on virtually every surface throughout the house circa-2013 trend we continue to challenge. 

Midcentury paint colorsThe versatile ‘Vintage Finds’ paint collection has a little something for everyone — and can be used to create looks that are modern or retro, colorful or neutral.

Midcentury paint colorsMega thanks to reader Lisa for the tip!

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  1. Peyton says

    This is fantastic. Every post you do seems to always knock it out of the park. Your research and images are so detailed, accurate, visually appealing and well-written, this site really stands out. The fact that it’s all about things that I love makes me feel lucky. Thanks!

  2. Robin, NV says

    Was loving the kitchen on the cover of the brochure until I saw the second angle showing the greige walls. “Greige” – even the word sounds unnappealing.

  3. Lynne says

    I’m sorry, maybe its just me, or my ancient computer skewing the colors, but I don’t see where these colors are anywhere near vintage. Maybe in person they will be more reminiscent of what I would consider a close reproduction.

    • pam kueber says

      I’m liking the “real colors” rather than the neutrals — with the exception of the Choice Cream, that looks like a good one.

  4. Jess says

    Thanks for sharing this updated collection! I used Sherwin Williams Suburban Modern collection to repaint the entire interior of my 1949 Victory Cottage – Holiday Turquoise in the kitchen, Pinky Beige in the living room and hallway, bedrooms in Chartreuse and Radiant Lilac, bathroom in Porcelain (and someday to be re-painted Appleblossom) and laundry/utility room in Flamingo Pink.

    I was so pleased to find out that Sherwin Williams could still mix the colors from the Suburban Modern Collection even though they no longer have the paint chips. All you need to do is take in the archived chip from Retro Renovation!

  5. says

    Oh I love the Refresh and Dusty Coral!!! And Amber Wave! My whole house (inside and out) is done in the old Suburban Modern Collection. With my current kitchen and bath remodels I may have to go with one of these instead 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  6. Geronomom says

    Nice to see more retro paint options – thanks! Fwiw, that green “Frolic” color is VERY close to the green color (SW “Gleeful”) I used in my Lilly Pulitzer style pink bathroom (featured on this site in a design delimma last fall).

    I happen to actually still have paint chips of both “Frolic” (as I was also considering using it at the time), as well as the original SW “Chartreuse”. In a side by side comparison, IMO the vintage “chartreuse” color has a tad more gold in it, whereas “Frolic” is a little more green.

  7. Debbie in Portland says

    I’m not sure any of us loyal Retro Renovators find anything “perfect” about “greige”, I painted my whole house using the “Suburban Modern” and “Jazz Age” palettes a few years ago. I’m glad I hung onto the brochures from both of those.

    • pam kueber says

      My speculation about why S-W and HGTV included these cold grays and greige in this palette: There is so much gray and greige on Americans’ walls right now, that they are eager to coordinate with that color. To be sure, the grays in this palette do not strike me as true retro. Neutrals were warm, not cold, back in the day.

  8. tammyCA says

    As much as I dislike all the greige of today I realize that there was a lot of grey used in the mid-century. It was prevalent in the barkcloth fabrics, for sure. I have a ’50s/’60s Phillips Babcock vinyl footstool in a pukey putty color that I really want to change out with some aqua naugahyde I bought, so that strange greige color has been around for awhile.
    I’m okay with grey if there is lots of bright cheerful colors to balance it out, its when it is all grey on grey & taupe on taupe that makes me crazy.

  9. Joe Felice says

    2013??? Heck, greige seems to have been the rage, at least with builders and HOAs, since the late ’80s. There are neighborhoods in which house after house is a shade of grey or light brown. Makes me physically ill. Some people are really afraid of color, I’ve learned, but that’s not I. Fortunately, color has crept back to the front, and people are re-discovering it. However, in the condo & apartment realm, burnt orange and light sage seem to be all the rage, and I’m already tired of that. Not to mention the boxiness and flat roofs. These things are thrown up in no time. Doesn’t bode well for the future. Even people who have no interest in mid-century style are turning to colors that were popular back then.

    • says

      I do straight grey (it has hint of blue if anything) instead of grey, and it’s not that I’m afraid of color. It’s that I LOVE the monochrome look. Light grey (almost silver but not metallic) walls with charcoal curtains and rugs? Fab. It’s all about playing with texture.

      • pam kueber says

        Okay but… one of my battle cries (in addition to Save the Pink Bathrooms) is “Resist the Greige Nation.” I think all you gray-fans have been mass hypnotized by contemporary marketeers. Back in the day, this was all called “battleship gray” – and it was the color you painted your concrete basement walls. The rest of the house: Got happy color because finally, we could!

  10. Midge says

    Love how the paint companies are reviving vintage colors! Dunn Edwards Paint has also put out a line of vintage colors this year! It is called “The Then, Now, and Forever” collection.

  11. says

    While visiting family in Toronto I found a similar paint collection sold exclusively at their Home Hardware stores. It is also called “Vintage Finds” by Beauti-Tone paints. It has wonderful retro colors with names like Bewitched Blue, Eames Blue, Plastic Pink Flamingos, Atomic Sage, Nuclear Fizzin’, Yellow Submarine, Retro-A-Go-Go, Shag-tastic and more. Maybe our Canadian readers may want to check this out 🙂

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