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Our Neutral Paint Colors {and what I love about each}

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The most frequently asked question about our home on my blog and social media is “what paint color did you use for x room?” I wrote a post about the neutral greys, creams and beiges we used in our old Colonial home, some of the creams we’ve used for our current home, my favorite cream paint color for furniture and exterior colors for our Tudor and the Colonial, but we’ve since added several new neutral paint colors to our Tudor and I wanted one cohesive place for you to see them all and how they look in various lighting situations and rooms.

Everyone says if you don’t love a color or tire of it, just paint over it. I disagree. I find paint to be very exhausting. I’m the girl that tries 20 swatches, watches how they change from morning to noon and night, asks a friend or two and then gets nauseous as I spend a hundred dollars on paint hoping I’ll love it. So, you can be rest assured that these colors are tried and true! 

Sherwin Williams Zurich White

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Pros: works well with adjoining cream or grey spaces

Cons: reads slightly grey without a lot of natural light

I used this color in our previous and current homes because I love it so much. Previously, it was used for the entire second level {excluding bathrooms}. In our current home I used it for walls, trim and bookcases in the living room and on the walls for the family room, dining room, kitchen, office, and foyer.

Benjamin Moore Soft Chamois

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Pros: a soft, subtle cream

Cons: none

I tried this color because it was recommended by one of my favorite designers, Phoebe Howard. We used this paint color for the second level of our current home and I loved it so much that we also used it for our recently renovated powder room off the entry of our home.

Benjamin Moore Navajo White

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Pros: a beautiful cream for well lit spaces

Cons: reads yellow without natural light and at night

This cream paint color was another recommendation from Phoebe Howard. I’ve used it in our mudroom, adjoining powder room and breakfast nook.

Farrow and Ball Clunch

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Pros: warm

Cons: can feel dirty

I chose this color for our basement because it’s soft and warm. It’s a great neutral with pretty undertones.

Farrow and Ball White Tie

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Pros: a soft cream

Cons: none

This pretty cream creates a light, bright background for our garage.

Sherwin Williams Realist Beige

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Pros: warm

Cons: best for outdoors or well-lit rooms

After trying an array of colors on the exterior of our Tudor, we chose accessible beige and I love it! It’s warm, soft and provides just enough contrast. We used it on the deck as well.

Sherwin Williams Everyday White

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Pros: Really warm.

Cons: I prefer this color for exterior as well.

We used this as the base color for the exterior of our home as well as the walls and ceiling of our screened in porch. It reads so much lighter outside, but indoors, reminds me of an early 2000’s new build.

What are your favorite neutral paint colors? I’m looking forward to trying a few new ones in our lake cottage!

You can find my complimentary paint color chart here to keep them all organized!

organize the paint colors in your home with this free printable paint color spreadsheet


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16 comments on “Our Neutral Paint Colors {and what I love about each}”

  1. I am looking to paint the interior of my house white.. you’ve shared some beautiful options. Picking a white paint certainly isn’t easy! I hope you will share these ideas at my new link party called The Crafty Corner 🙂

  2. Just a comment about your site. I have just joined and you have some great information. However I cannot read some of your text because the blue text is so light. The tan is better but I have no idea what the blue says,

    • Thank you SO much for your patience as I update my site. I’m hoping to have the font color adjusted this week. I truly appreciate you taking the time to share with me.

  3. I just joined your site and LOVE your taste!

    I especially love the wicker chairs in the section where you are discussing paint colors. I think the chairs are on your screened porch? Would you be willing to share where you purchased them? I have never seen any that shape….

    Thank you in advance! 🙂

  4. The exterior paint is listed as Accessible Beige and Realist Beige? Is that correct?

  5. Hi. I love your creams and neutrals but what do you suggest for a more solid white with no cream for a modern white when you lose the light early in the day?! Thanks

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  7. Hi Julie.  Just love your site and style!!  I love everyone of your colors and actually had samples of each from the past but was unsure how and where to use each one.  I have a traditional home with a lot of beautiful millwork I love it but don’t like it to POP.  My foyer is 2 story with wainscoting and large crown. It is flooded with light.  Behind it is my kitchen where you see my cabinetry.  It is beautiful but is just about Navajo white(BM). I think it started as creamy but has yellowed a bit:(. Would you ever consider using creamy on woodwork and soft chamois on walls?   

    • Hi Kate, thank you! I feel the same about millwork, I love using the same color for millwork, a sheen up from the wall color. If it were me, I would select either Creamy or Soft Chamois and do eggshell on the wall and satin or semi-gloss for the millwork. Another option if you want the color to look slightly different is go two shades down from the wall color.

      • Hi Julie. Thank you so much for the advice!!  

      • Hi Julie,
        I have a question regarding your suggestion of painting millwork 2 shades down from wall color. With a color like soft chamois, that is not on a graded paint strip, how do you ask for 2 shades down? Would it be an increased percent of original formula? and what would that percent be? Also, I think I would like to paint the ceiling in this room a bit lighter for light reflection. Could you suggest a white for ceiling that would look nice but not stark or would you stick with wall color on ceiling? Thank you for any advice:)

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