Today I’m sharing my favorite neutral paint colors we use throughout our whole house.
Two of the questions I get asked the most are “What paint color is that?” and “Where’d you get that?” so this post should be helpful if you’re searching for pretty neutral paint colors. (And this page should answer all of the “Where’d you get that” questions.)
I’m walking through my favorite tan, gray, off-white, green and blue paint colors below.
I tend to go with neutral paint colors in the coastal/natural design style and then add color when decorating with artwork, bedspreads, pillows, blankets, etc.
But we usually use color (green or blue) on the bathroom walls. Something about the smaller room size always seems like it could use a bit more color.
When picking paint colors, I think it’s helpful to see paint colors in real rooms. It can be so hard to pick colors based on swatches.
So I’m sharing pictures of the colors in different spaces (in various houses we’ve lived in, hence the multiple kitchens!).
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The best neutral paint colors for the whole house:
TAN PAINT: Camelback by Sherwin Williams (SW 6122)
This is my faaaavorite tan. It’s a great neutral, and I love the warmth it gives a room. (FYI, I think the paint swatch looks darker than the color dries on the wall.)
We’ve paired Camelback with accessories in just about every color – green, blue, red, yellow, white, black – and it looks great with them all.
And of course, we love it with our white cabinets and counters in our kitchen.
GRAY PAINT: Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams (SW 7029)
If you’re loving gray more than tan, Agreeable Gray is a pretty light gray and a good neutral if you’re debating between shades of tan/beige/gray. It’s light so the gray color isn’t overpowering, I didn’t want anything too dark.
(I think the paint swatch looks darker than the color on the walls with this one, too. Paint samples and looking at real life rooms are such good things!)
I looked at a lot of grays before deciding on Agreeable Gray.
It looks great with white woodwork (and white curtains!). We’ve used it in the living room, dining room, bedrooms and home office.
The debate between tan and gray is a hot one. Trends are a funny thing, because really you should paint your house whatever color you love!
I swore I’d never use gray paint, and then we did. I figured since we had a blank slate the third time around, I wanted to try it. We like it, but after living with both tan and gray walls, if I had to pick between the two, I’d have to say I’m still more drawn to tan walls.
If you really can’t decide, paint samples on your wall and live with them for a few weeks. See how they look in bright sunlight, on cloudy days, at night, next to different throw pillows and artwork, etc.
OFF-WHITE PAINT: Aesthetic White by Sherwin Williams (SW 7035)
This is the perfect off-white, especially if you’re looking to lighten up a kitchen or bathroom with dark cabinets/vanity.
I never thought I’d use a white paint color on walls (I love it on trim and doors), but I’m a huge fan of this Aesthetic White.
It does go on pretty gray (and the swatch makes it looks grayer than it is). I was worried I wouldn’t like it when I first started painting, but I love the color when it dries.
I absolutely love it in our back foyer. This picture gives you a good idea of how it looks against pure white trim (and white bench) here. I really love it with the dark wood color of the hooks/crates/message center.
GREEN PAINT: Ryegrass by Sherwin Williams (SW 6423)
We’ve used Ryegrass in most of our bathrooms in various houses, and it’s one of my favorites. (I think it’s a big brighter than the swatch.) It’s just that perfect shade of sage-y green without being too dark, too pastel or too bright. Greens can be hard!
I will say, I really love it paired with white woodwork (like in this bathroom) …
… it looks a bit darker when paired with brown (like with the vanity in this bathroom).
We have Ryegrass in our home office, too:
BLUE PAINT: Krypton by Sherwin Williams (SW 6427)
I spent a looooot of time looking at blues, there are just so many.
I love Krypton. It’s the perfect coastal/nautical blue. If anything, it leans a little gray. I didn’t want something too baby blue or bright. (This is probably the closest color to its paint swatch in this whole post!)
It looks great with white and wood trim (or both like in this bathroom).
If you want more paint color inspiration (and tips on painting a room faster), check out these posts:
- Beautiful blue paint colors to get a coastal look
- Pretty green paint colors for every room in the house
- How to paint a room in less time
- The best paint colors for furniture makeovers
What are your favorite neutral paint colors? I’d love to hear!
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