The Top Neutral Paint Colors for a New Home

Choosing a paint color for your new home can be pretty exciting. Your initial excitement can wane when you look at the hundreds of color choices for your home. If it's your first home, you may not be sure what paint colors work best. Adding neutral color to the walls of your new place is a perfect way to feel at home right away. You can add colorful accents and decor, or even change a few wall colors later on, but there is nothing like a fresh coat of neutral paint to make your new house feel like a home.

  • 01 of 09

    Crushed Ice SW 7647 by Sherwin-Williams

    Crushed Ice SW 7647 on display in living room.

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    Pale gray is a safe choice for neutral paint color. A soft neutral gray like Sherwin-Williams Crushed Ice gives just a hint of color while allowing your decor to shine. A soft neutral paint in a first home can allow you to make numerous decorating choices easily, without concern for wall color. 

  • 02 of 09

    Bleeker Beige HC-80 by Benjamin Moore

    Swatch of Bleeker Beige HC-80.

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    Benjamin Moore Bleeker Beige is a universally popular neutral. This is not a pale neutral beige but has such a perfectly balanced undertone that it can work in a variety of rooms, and with all types of lighting. 

  • 03 of 09

    Realist Beige SW 6078 by Sherwin-Williams

    Swatch of Realist Beige SW 6078

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    Sherwin-Williams Realist Beige is a smoky neutral with just enough gray to give it a cool undertone. Cool neutrals look gorgeous with natural blue and green colors. Realist Beige can give even the smallest home a large and airy look.

  • 04 of 09

    Monet Moonrise 410-A1 by Behr

    Swatch of Monet Moonrise 410-A1

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    Neutral greens like Behr Monet Moonrise are a fresh diversion from the usual brown or gray neutral colors. Monet Moonrise is still neutral, but with enough green to make a color statement in your home. Like most neutral greens, this color might work well with deep wood tones, white, and rich gray. 

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  • 05 of 09

    Granite Boulder 790D-4 by Behr

    Swatch of Granite Boulder 790D-4 paint

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    If beige and taupe are not your first choice, a warm greige color like Behr's Boulder Gray could be the answer. The popularity of Boulder Gray no doubt comes from its ability to coordinate with so many styles and accent colors. Fans of this versatile gray rave about Boulder Gray's unique quality to transform a space in any lighting.

  • 06 of 09

    Carter Crème from Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines

    Swatch of Magnolia Home Paint, the Carter Crème

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    Pretty, warm, and light, Carter Crème from Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines is a rich alternative to ordinary white wall colors. Most true white wall colors can look gray on cloudy days or with north-facing windows. Choosing a warm white paint for your new home creates a clean and crisp look when you add white trim to the room.

  • 07 of 09

    Outlands Subtle Taupe 6005-1B by Valspar

    Swatch of Outlands Subtle Taupe 6005-1B paint

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     Choosing a traditional taupe color can be tough. Taupe can have a pink undertone, or even look muddy in some lights. Valspar Outlands Subtle Taupe avoids those taupey troubles, with its simple and livable tones. It's clear why Outlands Subtle Taupe is a favorite choice among designers.

  • 08 of 09

    Distant Valley 5002-3A by Valspar

    Swatch of Distant Valley 5002-3A paint

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    Neutral paint color doesn't always mean beige or taupe. A muted blue or green can feel every bit as neutral as a warm color.  Valspar Distant Valley is a soothing blue-gray paint color that pairs well with warm neutrals, and creamy white wall trim. Charcoal gray furniture and accessories would be stunning with this color.

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  • 09 of 09

    Revere Pewter HC-172 by Benjamin Moore

    Circular swatc of Revere Pewter HC-172 paint

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    Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter seems to be at the top of every list when it comes to favorite neutral paint colors. Revere Pewter is a deep greige, suitable for most rooms with adequate lighting. This rich neutral color is part of Benjamin Moore's Historical Collection, which features several gorgeous neutrals that might be perfect for your new home.