White would be the go to choice for a classic vintage wall paint color. White walls let you create a blank canvas for your room, from where you can style it with vintage decor and furniture. Some other vintage paint colors include:
- Off white – a very light cream
- Light grey
- Dark blueish grey
- Royal Blue
- Light Green/Mint
- Pastel blue
A muted and neutral vintage color palette would be ideal in the main living spaces (the living room and bedroom). Because these are meant to be relaxing spaces, washed out and toned down colors would help create that relaxing feeling. Whereas the kitchen, dining room and maybe even the bathroom can have a brighter color scheme. Check out the paint examples of vintage colors below.
Mint Wall Paint Color: Fresh Mint (closest match)
Teal Wall Paint Color: San Clemente Teal (closest match)
Peach Wall Paint Color: Intense Peach (closest match)
Royal Blue Wall Paint Color: Bold Blue (closest match)
Dark Grey Wall Paint Color: Newbury Port Blue HC-155 (closest match)
Light Grey Wall Paint Color: Gray Cloud 2126-60 (closest match)
Off White Wall Paint Color: Ivory Tusk 2153-70 closest match)
White Wall Paint Color: White Dove OC-17 (closest match)
Remember: To get a real feel of what a paint color would look like in your room, you have to test it. The colors of photos you see on your computer can look much different in real life because a) different computer monitors show colors differently, b) the lighting in the room of the picture can change the colors, and b) the way the room was photographed can distort the colors.
Get a sample of the vintage paint color you want and paint a small portion of the wall. Or an alternative is to prime and paint a sheet of wood, or cardboard and hang it up on the wall.
Here are some decorative elements you can add to your walls to create subtle vintage styling:
- Vintage style crown molding (3 Unique Vintage Ceiling Design Ideas)
- Decorative wainscoting
- Paint over embossed antique styled Anaglypta wallpaper (Vintage Style Wallpaper Patterns and Designs)
- Wall trim can create simple vintage style patterns on the wall (check out my shabby chic paint colors link below to see an example)
Have a look at my shabby chic paint color schemes post for more color inspiration and combinations: Room Styling: Shabby Chic Paint Colors.
More Vintage Home Style Posts:
- The 5 Rules of Vintage Interior Design
- Design Tips on How To Create a Vintage Gallery Wall
- Vintage Mood Board Collection Page