The Top Neutral Paint Colors You Should Have in Your Home

  • 01 of 07

    Pale Oak - Benjamin Moore

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    Neutral Colors are Timeless

    Neutral paint colors will always be in style. It can be hard to know which neutral is right for your space. Knowing which colors the interior designers reach for first can help. Here are designer favorites to inspire you. 

    The Perfect Pale Neutral

    "Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak is our go-to paint color for any room where we want to add warmth and serenity. It’s a complex and layered color, which shows gray, oak/taupe, or off-white, depending on the time of day and colors in the room. It reminds me of when I’m hiking in the hills and there is a thin layer of fog on the valley below. Pale Oak has that same quiet and peacefulness to it. It is versatile with any design style - from coastal to contemporary to traditional. We have used it in bedrooms, dining rooms, and even bathrooms!" - Noelle Micek Interiors

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  • 02 of 07

    Revere Pewter - Benjamin Moore

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    Revere Pewter is Always at the top of the Best Neutral Paint Colors Lists

    "My go-to neutral is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. I love using this color for 
    several reasons. It is a warm gray and tends to look great with pops of 
    color, black, and of course white. I also find that it works in every 
    light, a room with tons of natural light or small windowless space. Lastly,
    it is a color that has a lot ​of depth, so it goes in a lovely direction, no 
    matter what you pair with it." - Caroline Lizarraga, Interior designer & Decorative Artist 

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  • 03 of 07

    Gray Cashmere - Benjamin Moore

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    Designer's Top Neutral Paint Colors. ©Lisa Lorino

    Greige is the Best of Both Gray and Beige Neutrals

    "The new go-to neutral is GREIGE! Greiges have a wonderful softness to them with subtle undertones of beige, keeping them from falling flat. There are so many good greige colors out there but my go to favorites are: Benjamin Moore - Gray Cashmere 2136-60; Sherwin Williams - Repose Grey;  and Farrow and Ball - Pavilion Gray 242" -Lisa Lorino, - LJL designs

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  • 04 of 07

    Swiss Coffee - Dunn Edwards

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    A Warm White Paint Color for Every Room

    "Every designer swears by white and while I've tested and sampled plenty of the classics, I still gravitate towards my favorite, Dunn Edwards Swiss Coffee, its creamy undertones keep it from appearing too cold and flat. It adds the right amount of warmth while still feeling crisp and clean in a kitchen with modern appliances." -Irene Lovett - designstiles 

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  • 05 of 07

    White Dove - Benjamin Moore

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    Try This Versatile Cool Neutral and a Go-To White Paint Color

    "Benjamin Moore's White Dove is my favorite white. It seems to provide a gentle contrast and pop to any color your put with it, so it is my go-to trim color. 

    My go-to cool neutral is Benjamin Moore's Balboa Mist. The great quality about this color is that different tones come through at different times of day, or as you change the light source, so it works well with a variety of color palettes. " -Elissa Morgante, Co-principal, Morgante Wilson 

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  • 06 of 07

    Cloud White - Benjamin Moore

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    This White Paint Color Takes the Stress out of Choosing the Right Neutral

    Designer​ Bea Pila loves incorporating dramatic colors in her projects. However, one of her go-to colors is Benjamin Moore's Cloud White, whether for a full neutral look or to blend with vibrant hues: "It's interesting because of all the colors out there, I find the most difficult to choose is white. Either it's too grey and cold, too yellow, too pink, or picks up too much of some other hue. Cloud white is the perfect neutral. On a wall, it creates a beautiful airy effect, but it's also a great accent against other colors and I tend to use it on ceilings, trims, and molds as well." - Bea Pila -  B.Pila Design

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  • 07 of 07

    Alabaster White - Sherwin-Williams

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    Designer's Top Neutral Paint Colors. ©Tatum Brown Interiors

    Here's a Fresh White Paint Color that Highlights Woodwork and Stone Features

    "The benefit to finding a great, classic neutral is the flexibility it gives you. Essentially creating a blank canvas to work with. I love Sherwin-William's Alabaster -- it really freshens up a room, while giving it a touch of warmth. Alabaster White helps create a warm and inviting feel, and provides a neutral base that art and furnishings can really pop against." - Morgan Farrow - Senior Designer Tatum Brown Interiors