Neutral paint shades for interiors are timeless and a way to let your decorating style shine. Having a beautiful home is a goal for most of us and one of the great pleasures of life. We spend a great many hours of our life tweaking, arranging, and decorating our living spaces. When you really love where you live you’ll find yourself enjoying the time you invest in it satisfying.
Picking a paint color for your room is one of the biggest decisions you’ll be making for your space when you are ready to renew it. A fresh coat of paint on the wall can bring new life and energy into a room. Colors allow for so many different moods. Advertisers spend a great deal of money to use the psychology of color in order to sell us a product. You don’t have to delve that deeply into yours, certainly, but you want to make certain when you are investing in your colors that the room looks refined and refreshed.
Selecting neutral paint shades
In the paint store
You’ve been in a paint store before, so you’re well aware of the limitless options that can be produced. It can be overwhelming for some. People who are hoping to add some personality to their home often go for bold colors they feel will define them, and many of those people end up disappointed with their results. Going with neutral paint shades may seem like taking the safe way out, but there are many good reasons why you should consider picking a neutral shade for those walls. I have worked as a design and color consultant (more here) with Benjamin Moore paints and neutrals were on my radar for all.
It allows your furnishings and accents to take center stage – neutral paint shades are subtle, and because of that, all the colors of the items you lovingly selected for your furniture, draperies, and accent pieces can shine without the walls overpowering them.
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Color schemes and decor styles
Changing the color scheme of the room is much easier – Are you tired of your current decor? If you’ve selected a pretty neutral for your walls, you likely won’t have the task of changing your walls to account for on top of replacing the decorations.
Neutral is fitting for any style you’re into – With a neutral, you are not locked into a specific style set. You can take your room from romantic, to modern, to shabby chic without encountering a conflict in style. Neutrals smooth the path for color changes and as a result allow you to redirect with ease.
If you want to go with a neutral color for your walls, you’re in fantastic company. While selecting the right neutral paint shades may seem easy ( especially if you’re going with white), you’re going to still need to be careful in your choosing. Neutrals, unlike more bold colors, tend to take on the color tones and lighting of the area. That means you could use the same color in every room and wind up with a different result. The furnishings, the amount of natural sunlight the room gets, and even the furnishings you choose can make the colors on your wall look completely different. Be mindful of this when you are choosing your color.
When I’m searching for new colors for my wall, I always opt for Benjamin Moore. Having a husband who is a general contractor makes this an easy selection. It’s the brand that he believes in, and because he knows what he’s talking about I listen, lol. I love the flexibility and functionality that a great white wall gives me. White dove is what I currently have on my walls in our homes. White is a great neutral to go with because there are so many different moods and tones. There are brown toned whites, grey toned whites, pure whites, and even pink whites to choose from. I’ve included a selection of some of my favorite whites from Benjamin Moore at the end of this post.
Test it first
Be sure to test your colors as always before painting. Just because your color looks great in the store, that doesn’t mean it is the right color for your room. Get your paint chips, get a test swatch on your wall, and find just the right color to suit your style. Neutral is the way to go. It’s going to look gorgeous, I promise.