Neutrals are important colors in interior design, even if you tend to be drawn to bold colors. And there’s a lot to navigate when it comes to neutral paint color selection.
I wanted to share a few of the best neutral paint colors I’ve used in our homes, why I’ve been drawn to them, and what I think they bring to a room. In the list below, I’m including four very different colors: white, cream, light pink (which visually reads as neutral), and black.
If you’re deciding on a neutral paint color for your home, I hope this post serves as a helpful resource for you. This would also be a great post to bookmark for your future design projects!
Where I’ve used this color: The basement family room in our current home and the main floor in our previous home.
This is a crisp white that doesn’t feel sterile. It’s a warm color but because it doesn’t have too many yellow tones, it doesn’t read as cream. As design trends are moving toward warmer colors, this is a great classic white paint color to use.
Where I’ve used this color: The basement family room in our current home.
If you’re seeking a light neutral color that has a bit more visual weight to it, Sail Cloth might be the color for you. It’s a warm color that’s a step more creamy than White Dove. If you want to highlight the contrast between two neutrals, you could pair Sail Cloth and White Dove together like I did in our basement family room.
Where I’ve used this color: The trim in both the entryway and guest room in our current home.
Setting Plaster is a great color to use if you want something a step beyond white or cream that isn’t too saturated. While it is light pink, it still reads as a neutral color and is a versatile option for so many kinds of rooms.
Where I’ve used this color: The cabinetry in our previous home’s kitchen.
This is a beautiful black-gray color that brings depth without overwhelming an entire room. Sometimes, a really dark black color can feel so overpowering it dominates every other design feature in a space. Wrought Iron has a softness to it that I really love.
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BY Kate Arends - March 24, 2023
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