“Neutral” has become a rather ambiguous term, especially in terms of colour palettes and décor. At one time, neutral was simply white or off-white. It slowly expanded to include more beige tones, and more recently, grey, grey, and more grey. For some, it even encompasses the likes of navy blue. Regardless of colour preferences, here are 19 great neutrals to consider, courtesy of bhg.com.
Winter Whites don’t have to be as stark as new snow. Look to natural pearls for the warm shades that will give your home a fresh start.
Swiss Coffee (1812): This modern white has a tiny touch of taupe. Pair with navy for a preppy look, or make it feminine with ballet slipper pink. behr.com
Muslin White (GLC24): Like a classic white shirt, this shade matches almost any accent colour—from chocolate browns to denim blues to fresh greens. glidden.com
Light Navajo White (E42): The colour of cappuccino froth, this hue looks as appealing on kitchen cabinets as it does on the walls of a light-filled room. acehardware.com
Birchwood White (7002-18): Here is the colour of a morning sky tinged with sunlight, easy on the eyes and perfect for a serene bedroom. valspar.com
Pegasus (D30-1): Give wood furniture an update with a few coats of this grey-white. It’s as crisp as Carrara marble. olympic.com
The coffee ritual soothes while it energizes… These java-inspired hues will do the same for any room.
Interactive Cream (SW-6113): Use it anywhere, but it makes an exceptionally good background for a wall of art. sherwin-williams.com
Cracker Bitz (C19-2): As rich as French roast, this colour is a handsome match for cream trim or wainscoting. olympic.com
Woodwind (C19-2): Paint tone-on-tone stripes (alternate this colour with Artesian White C19-1) in a guest room, where surprises are welcome. acehardware.com
Kabuki City (3003-8C): This looks amazing paired with a muted robin’s-egg blue. valspar.com
There’s a new grey in tow, and it’s not the cold, steely hue you’re used to. These go-with-everything shades, inspired by weathered wood, radiate warmth.
Winter Gates (AC-30): Thisalmost taupe hue has cosy written all over it. It’s as rich on a wall as it is on a velvet sofa or chair. benjaminmoore.com
Coastal Pleasure (5048): This is a perfect neutral—great for walls, beautiful with dark colours, fresh with white. acehardware.com
Silver Drop (790C-2): Use this super versatile hue wherever you’d use white. For a hot combo, just add yellow. behr.com
Seal Grey (GLN46): Roam into dramatic territory and go dark. Pale grey trim is an elegant pairing. glidden.com
Promotion (10D3): Step away from the beige! This mid-tone grey is a sophisticated and modern substitute. truevaluepaint.com
It’s grey like you’ve never seen it—friendly, warm, and (dare we say it?) lively!
Pearl Grey (GLN54): On a chair or other accent piece, this lavender-tinted grey is super sophisticated. glidden.com
Oatlands Subtle Taupe (6005-1B): A fantastic wall colour for a rich look. Pair with black. valspar.com
Misty (SW-6232): The soothing blue wall colour your bedroom has been waiting for. sherwinwilliams.com
Silver Satin (856): It looks white in the can, but this paint has an enveloping warmth after it dries. benjaminmoore.com
White Sage (410-2): Dreamy on the walls of a kitchen with cream cabinetry. olympic.com
What’s your favourite neutral or neutral palette?
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