My Go-To Neutral Paint Colors
When it comes to painting your walls a pretty, neutral, and timeless color the options are pretty limitless. Trying to nail down a color that you love and then hoping that it will look the same on all four walls, all day/night as it did in the store or even on the swatch card is a fools errand. If you are super super picky and hate the thought of ever repainting, then paint it on four different pieces of paper and put them on four walls.
But, with all the walls that we have painted (and repainted) we have come up with a pretty good list of some of our favorites that we can trust and go to time and time again. So, for those of you that aren’t looking for anything too colorful here are some of our favorite and go-to neutral paint colors:
Ammonite by Farrow & Ball:
My current master bedroom (and family room) in the above pictures is painted this color and if you are looking for the softest, lightest gray that is so warm but not taupe yet then this is for you. I love how subtle the color is all while bringing some different hues into the home besides white.
Pavilion Gray by Benjamin Moore:
By far one of our favorite gray’s over here. Brady painted his living room this color and it served as the perfect backdrop to the other blacks, browns and neutrals that he brought in. It is a very soft gray that doesn’t feel too cool or too warm and really helps to brighten up a room. Scott also painted his master bedroom this color which looked beautiful. It is a very soft gray without going too dark but still being a distinct gray.
Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore:
This is still one of our favorite grays although we haven’t used it in a while. We painted the master bathroom/bedroom in our lake house project that color and I loved it in the space. It is slightly more brown than other grays, and yet sometimes looks green … which makes it warmer, but also in certain lights more like a pretty taupe than gray. It is a great medium toned gray, not to dark and not too light.
Super White by Benjamin Moore:
Our go-to white around here if you are looking for a modern clean color. It reflects light in such a pretty way and doesn’t have any cool tones that would it go blue or warm tones that would make it yellow. My old house was painted this color and when Brady redid his kitchen he chose to use this color to refresh the space. Its just really white.
Half Moon Crest by Benjamin Moore:
It’s really warm and yet feels like just a really good true gray. It doesn’t feel too blue or too brown so it is a soft happy color that can warm up a space. We painted our Commonwealth house foyer this color which you see above and it was such a happy little space.We also love sleigh bells which is the slightly lighter version on that same swatch card.
White Diamond by Benjamin Moore:
My old living living room on Commonwealth was painted this super cool white and I loved it for the space. I loved it because generally I’m more attracted to cool tones rather than warm tones and if you put it up to a true white it looked a little blue, but in person it just looked really white. So if you are looking for the perfect cool white then this is a great option for you as it doesn’t have any yellow or cream tones in i.
Blackened by Farrow & Ball:
Ginny painted her living room this color and it is a very soft white that has a slight hint of red/purple in it. It is very faint but gives just enough differentiation from white to make the moldings and details of a wall pop and give the room some warmth. This the perfect option if you are looking for a light color but aren’t into white, but be warned that it looked lavender in another project that we had to repaint. The light is different in different homes and how the sun comes into the house will reflect that. My stairways and entry are this color, too and I love it, I just didn’t like it in our living room.
White Dove by Benjamin Moore:
A very good white if you are looking for something with a little bit of warmth to it. It doesn’t have the bright tones of Super White or the cool undertones of White Diamond so it is the perfect warm white. We painted the Silver Lake Hill’s living room this color and it helped to feel more traditional rather than going to bright white and modern.
Just remember – these are our favorites and its a good jumping off point, but the tone of your floor could change the tone of the walls. Maybe you have a neighbors house that is pink which reflects through your windows. Just swatch it on a piece of watercolor paper (because its thick), then label them and stare at the for at least a few hours if not morning and night to make sure love it.
Have any of you tried some of these before and hate them? Or are there any others that you guys love and go back to time and time again? Let us know below and if you missed our other go-to paint colors be sure to check out our favorite non neutral paint colors here, our 10 non neutral go-to paint colors here, and our favorite pastel colors (for grown ups) here.