Six Winning Neutral Paint Shades
Choosing a neutral paint color may seem simple. The truth, however, is that it’s much more complicated. For every neutral paint color, there are hundreds of similar neutral colors that have slight differences in undertones. Selecting the wrong one can be disastrous for a room. If you’ve ever selected a white paint, then painted the room and instantly realized it was more of a purple, well, you know exactly what we mean.
The great news is that we’ve been choosing neutral paint colors for years, so we know how to get it right. We’re pros at choosing the best neutral grey paint colors to the best neutral beige colors, greige paint colors and more. We’ve pulled together a roundup of a few favorites with inspiration too!
Sherwin-Williams – Dovetail
Ready to go bold, but still want to stay in the neutral family? Dovetail may be the shade for you. It’s a warm and saturated gray that is absolutely gorgeous! This warm deep gray color is especially rich with a contrast of fresh white cabinetry or trim. It’s ideal for spaces that you want to feel cozy and ultra-comfortable, like a basement theater or a master bedroom, as well as a warm inviting color for a kitchen. Dovetail has our vote for one of the best neutral gray paint colors on the deeper side of the spectrum.
Sherwin-Williams – Anew Gray
Sherwin-Williams’ Anew Gray is a shade of gray that is reminiscent of foggy mornings and misty afternoons. It’s a hue that feels simultaneously muted, yet fresh. This neutral color is great match for nearly any accent color or texture. Pair it with warm textures, blue, or black, and you’re sure to have a space that feels warm, but not too warm to fall into the beige category.
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Benjamin Moore – Revere Pewter
Revere Pewter is a stunning color that manages to retain both the warmth of beige and the drama of a gray. It is a fantastic “greige” if you are looking for a gray that is warmer and has more saturation. This shade is a favorite that I’ve used on many projects, and throughout my own home.
Why does it work so well? Well, not only is it beautiful in the common spaces of your home, but it’s also the perfect match for home theaters and bedrooms. It works seamlessly with pops of both lighter and darker colors. If you long for the simplicity of a neutral-based home, but aren’t ready to go the beige brown or cool grey route, this is the color you’ll want to consider.
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Benjamin Moore – Balboa Mist
Because it’s touch lighter than Revere Pewter, Balboa Mist adds a brightness to a space that simply cannot be beat. Especially in rooms flooded with natural light, it’s the perfect way to add a sense of wakefulness to an area. Use this light neutral paint color in rooms where activity is high (like a poolside lounge area or a basement bar) – the light hue will feel happy, and extra chic.
Benjamin Moore – Collingwood
For a light neutral grey paint color, Collingwood pulls a bit more of a cool tone into the mix. It works like a charm with medium-to-dark grey decor and warm brown accents, so if you’re drawn to classic black and white combos (and shades in between), then you’ll want a can of this color.
Benjamin Moore – Snowfall White
Finally, for lovers of white walls and the crispness of a lighter paint color, Benjamin Moore’s Snowfall White is your cup of tea. It’s not too abrasively bright like you typically see in primers, but it instead has a touch of warmth and a yellow undertone. For a completely streamlined aesthetic, this paint works particularly well as both wall and trim color together. Adding in pops of color and woven textures to the decor completes the look.
So, there you have it! Just remember that before you purchase a gallon and slap it on the wall, do a large test sample first. The key is to see it in the room, and take inventory of how it makes you feel in a variety of light situations (natural light in the day and night, artificial light, etc.). Once you’ve completed this important step, your room will come together in a flash!
Still feeling a little apprehensive about choosing your color? Here is my free guide to choosing paint colors with confidence.
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By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Carla Bast Design