About three years ago, I pulled together a color palette and list of what I called “Nearly Perfect Neutral Paint Colors” and it’s way past time that I update that palette. I especially wanted to give you an updated list of all-star neutral colors, since so much has changed in three years. Keep in mind, there is no “perfect”, or fool-proof color, that’s why I call them “nearly perfect” but these colors consistently work beautifully in a variety of lighting situations.
Repose Gray Sherwin Williams via Clasen Design Build
Abalone Benjamin Moore via Cardea Bldg. Company
Neutral paint colors are not necessarily paint colors without much color but rather, they are really more muted colors with a mix of warm and cool undertones. Neutral colors ground/balance/neutralize other colors in a space like fabrics, art, accessories, etc.
Wall color is Classic Gray Benjamin Moore via Studio McGee
We are seeing so much white lately being used throughout spaces and finding just the right “neutral” white is not easy. A great neutral white should be balanced and not have any strong hues or undertones that jump out. The wild card variable here is lighting. What looks like a perfect neutral white can go creamy in artificial light or light gray in natural light. There are just a handful of whites that are about as nearly perfect neutral as we can get in any light.
In my opinion, Decorator’s White from Benjamin Moore is an all-star neutral white that always grounds and looks amazing in any light. It’s one of the best selling white’s out there and it’s a favorite with designers because it’s such a great grounding white:
Decorators White Benjamin Moore via Sheila Rich Interiors
Frostine from Benjamin Moore is another great neutral white. You can really see the perfect white/gray balance with a very slight hint of green. (This especially a great white if you only have artificial light in the space).
Frostine Benjamin Moore
Origami from Sherwin Williams is neutral white that is rapidly becoming a best seller because it’s balanced and it has a very slight tan undertone that makes this color not as cold as a white but still a white.
Origami Sherwin Williams via The Kitchn
Below is the same kitchen but you can really see just how amazing Origami is on the wall next to the bright white tiles:
Origami Sherwin Williams via The Kitchn
Sherwin Williams Frosty White is another great neutral white that while it’s still considered a white, the undertone is that of a very light taupe. Gorgeous color, especially for kitchen cabinets if you don’t want a brighter white.
Frosty White Sherwin Williams via Advanced Renovations
Warm Gray Neutrals
Lighter warm gray neutrals are really the biggest trend right now in paint colors. You guys probably already know, all warm grays are NOT created equal. What looks like a stunning warm gray on a paint card can very easily go into light peach or mauve once it’s on the wall.
My hands down favorite warm gray neutral right now is Repose Gray from Sherwin Williams. It’s about as nearly perfect as you can get because it has such a perfect balance of warm and cool in the base. I use it throughout my home and recommend it to everyone because it just is so good!
Here is Repose on the walls of my family room/office/craft room:
Classic Gray from Benjamin Moore has been around for a very long time because it’s another favorite gray of designers.
Classic Gray Benjamin Moore via Chalet Colorado
Classic Gray Benjamin Moore via 2 Design Group
Moonshine from Benjamin Moore is another color that has become a Benjamin Moore bestseller because it consistently looks beautiful and is another nearly perfect neutral.
Moonshine Benjamin Moore via Charmean Neithart Interiors
Moonshine Benjamin Moore via Young House Love
The combination pale green/blue/gray neutral colors are quickly becoming a staple neutral color and one of the strongest trends in paint color for 2016. People are using these chameleon colors as whole home colors because these colors are not only neutral but they have a little bit more character and depth than traditional neutrals.
Beach Glass from Benjamin Moore is an all-star green/blue/gray neutral that is a crowd favorite because it’s so versatile and dependable. I have yet to hear that someone hasn’t had a love affair with this color after they painted it on their wall.
Beach Glass Benjamin Moore via 2 Design Group
Healing Aloe from Benjamin Moore is another absolutely stunning light green/blue/gray that can be a grounding neutral because it’s so light and versatile.
Healing Aloe Benjamin Moore via Life on Virginia Street
Pale blue neutral toned colors are another great option when looking for a wall color that not only grounds but also adds a little more color than a traditional neutral.
Smoke from Benjamin Moore is such a fantastic neutral blue with a gray base and a very slight hint of warmth:
Smoke Benjamin Moore via A Thoughtful Place
Lookout Point from Benjamin Moore is a little lighter than Smoke but again, that blue/gray slight warmth makes this color another nearly perfect neutral blue.
Lookout Point Benjamin Moore via Lonny and Deborah Needleman
Lookout Point Benjamin Moore via Lauren Shadid
Benjamin Moore Beach Glass
Repose Gray Sherwin Williams
Sherwin-Williams Dorian Gray
I hope there is a neutral color here today that intrigues and inspires you!
Just be sure and sample the color first in the space that you want to paint just to be safe. If you’re interested in more great colors, you can look through my “all-star paint colors” palette of the most dependable and versatile paint colors by clicking on the image below.
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