There's just something about a muted paint color that adds sophistication to a room. And while many assume "neutral" means beige, there are actually a lot of options that work in nearly any home and any setting. Whether you love clean, bright whites or deep, dark grays, a neutral wall paint color is timeless and provides the perfect backdrop for creative accents and pallets.
- Color Family: It varies. Includes beiges, grays, taupes, shades of white, black, and even some pastels
- Complementary Colors: Neutrals generally support all colors
- Pairs Well With: Most colors
- Mood: Calming
- Where to Use: All rooms, including living rooms, bedrooms, offices, and dining rooms
Here are 10 beautiful neutral paint colors to try in your home.
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Benjamin Moore's White Dove is an incredibly popular white paint, especially among designers. This versatile shade works in nearly any room in your house, especially if you're going for a minimalist look. A rich and creamy white with only slight hints of yellow, White Dove works not only on walls but also on trim and doors.
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Roycroft Mist Gray by Sherwin-Williams is a classic gray with a hint of a warm undertone. The warmth and fullness of this gray make it an elegant choice for dining rooms and primary bedrooms. Like many full-bodied grays, it can appear darker in a small space, so take that extra step to sample paint color before committing it to your walls.
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Can't decide between gray and beige? How about a stunning greige like Benjamin Moore's Edgecomb Gray? In a lighter room, Edgecomb looks grayer while it appears more beige in a darker space. It's a rich gray with a slightly yellow undertone and looks best in larger spaces, giving a room a neutral monochromatic look without appearing too washed out or intense.
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Behr's Mocha Foam is a great neutral color when you'd like more presence than a simple beige or off-white, but would still like to decorate in neutral colors. A deeper, darker color than a standard beige, Mocha Foam adds depth to a living room or bedroom without feeling too dark. Pair it with earthy colors such as greens and whites.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Who says neutrals have to be whites or grays? In the right light, lighter pastels like Glidden's Powder Blush can be the perfect neutral with a hint of color. This subtle mauve paint adds the perfect touch of pink in bedrooms and living rooms; it's still modern without feeling sterile. It has soft gray undertones and pairs well with cool whites and blues.
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Farrow & Ball Pale Powder is another stunning neutral with a hint of color. Technically aqua, Pale Powder looks nearly white in large, bright spaces and more blue/green in smaller ones. The green undertones keep this color from feeling too gray or cold. Try it in a bedroom or even on a ceiling.
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Deep, dark paint colors can actually be a bedroom's best friend. Contrary to popular belief, rich colors can make a smaller room feel larger while maintaining a cozy feel. We love The Spruce Best Home Cold Brew. If you're hunting for a rich, espresso paint that works well as either an accent wall or throughout the room, this is a great choice.
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If you think black can't be neutral, think again. Because it pairs well with nearly any color palette, black is actually an extremely versatile paint color. We love Magnolia's Fine Black because it's creamy and full-bodied without feeling stark. If you're too shy to paint an entire room black, consider an accent wall in a bedroom or a kitchen.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Behr Off the Grid is an earthy, warm beige-taupe that is endlessly classic and sophisticated. This rich color was actually Behr's color of the year back in 2018, but it's just as versatile today. Try it in living rooms and kitchens and pair with warm yellows or reds for a beautiful combo.
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If you love the all-white look but you're worried your home will feel too institutional, consider an off-white. Valspar Country Whitewash is a full white that adds dimension to your living room, kitchen, or entryway. It has a warm undertone and pairs well with earthy colors or bright reds and oranges.