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.
If you’re looking for some of the best interior paint colors, neutral wall and trim colors are a good place to start. These allow people to decorate more freely than if there were bright and wild colors on the wall. I do love using neutrals not only on walls of every room in my home but on the trim. A great neutral will add warmth and depth to the space and compliment it. You won’t draw too much attention to the paint itself. Just a hint or undertone of color, as no white is purely white. The hint of color can be greige or taupe, or something with a blue or pink undertone. As we know, pink and blue are often associated with a baby’s nursery and the softness can have a calming effect.
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.
How do I choose a neutral paint color?
When it comes to choosing a neutral paint color, keep in mind that you still have plenty of options. A neutral color means that it’s going to go well with a wide variety of decor and needs. Remember that. Neutral paint does not mean just white. I can be lighter shades of blues, grays, yellows, and even browns.
Figuring out what your vision is for the interior of your home and then finding a good strong wall paint color is the easiest way to start. My friend Yvonne at Stone Gable has the perfect neutral interior color scheme used in her home.
What neutral paint color is most popular?
Because I know that you will ask, almost all of our home is painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove. This neutral paint color is among the most popular and versatile. If you decide to bring home a sample, paint a small swatch in all rooms that you plan on painting. Check the sample at different times of the day to see how the sun and shadows play with the undertones. It is all about how the color reflects and absorbs the light in a room.
What colors make a room look bigger and brighter?
You know the answer to this question, right? Neutral paint colors are some of the best paint colors to help make a room feel more bright, airy, and open. This is because these types of paint colors are lighter and give the room a larger feel because of its brightness.
Another helpful tip to remember is that when you paint your room a lighter color, keep it open without cluttering it up with other “things” as well. Why take away all your hard work of painting your interior only to have the walls lined so that it’s just as crowded feeling as before?
What colors make a room more relaxing?
When choosing paint colors, pick ones that are going to make your home feel comfy and open. After all, it’s the place that should be your safe spot to kick up your feet and relax. Many people prefer light yellows or light blues as great living room colors or bedroom colors that can help give an overall relaxing vibe and feel.
What are the five neutral colors?
If you’re considering changing up your interior paint colors, it’s good to know what are the five main neutral colors that you should research. (again, some lighter colors of gray, blue, brown, and even yellow could be considered neutral so keep your options open for exploring those as well)
For the five main neutral colors, you are going to be looking at gray, white, beige, black, and brown. Even though some of those might sound as if they’re darker in color, just remember that there are always a ton of options for different shades.
Now that you know some of the basic questions that people ask in regards to popular paint colors for making their walls neutral, let’s dive into some tips on choosing the right paint color as well.
How Do I Choose A Neutral Paint Color?
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.
Did you know that Benjamin Moore has this nifty Color Capture app and it’s free to download on the app store for your smart phone? You simply snap a picture from any source and instantly get it’s match from Benjamin Moore’s over 3,300 colors. This is NOT a sponsored post, I just believe in their paints and want to share that with you!
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. Neutral paint colors should be chosen to be crisp and fresh in the daylight, while keeping their clarity at night.
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.
More Favorite Neutral Shades Of Benjamin Moore Paint
If you do prefer Sherwin Williams neutral paints, they make a quality product as well. Here is a sample board that you can print and take with you to your paint store!
This post was originally published in 2018 and updated in 2022