Our Neutral Paint Colors

LAST UPDATED: Apr 20, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Oct 05, 2016 | By:

Get all the details (and photos of actual rooms!) for some of the BEST tried and true neutral paint colors! Varying undertones and lighting situations can make choosing paint difficult – no longer!

White bookshelves in a living room styled with baskets and accessories

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, as well as my favorite cream paint color for furniture.

I’ve also discussed exterior colors for our Tudor and the Colonial, but we’ve since added several new neutral paint colors to our Tudor. 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

A cream colored living room with a beige couch.

Pros: works well with adjoining cream or gray spaces

Cons: reads slightly gray 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

A white bedroom with a leather chair and brass lamp.

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

A cream colored mudroom with shiplap on the walls

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

A striped stair runner coming down to a basement with neutral paint on the walls.

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

A garage organized with running gear on a hook system

Pros: a soft cream

Cons: none

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

Sherwin Williams Realist Beige

A white home exterior with a copper lantern in between garage doors.

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

A screened in porch with white sheer curtains and a wicker patio dining set.

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!

Painting indoors? You can learn about choosing Ceiling Paint and Trim Paint. You may also like Farrow and Ball Clunch. You can find my complimentary paint color chart here to keep them all organized!

You can learn about my favorite Furniture Paint color, Sherwin Williams Creamy, too!

Need ideas for things to hang on those freshly painted walls? Don’t miss miss 17 Easy Wall Decor Ideas!

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