If you’ve been following along with me on Instagram stories, you probably already know we’ve been painting… a LOT.
Since planning the paint scheme in this new house, it’s almost felt like being a freshman in college all over again. You know the whole, “I can be whomever I want and have a whole new personality and try out a whole new look and dye my hair pink because this is a new beginning! I can totally recreate myself!” And then you decide just being a new and improved version of yourself is better than being someone completely different.
I can fall head-over-heels in love with color, but neutrals will have my heart forever. A clean, simple white can make a room feel clean and refreshed. A soft gray opens the door for possibilities to play all you want with accessories and change your mind a year down the road if you want. Beige gets a bad rap for being boring, but it’s so calming when you’re ready to unwind at the end of a long day that you just want to keep it around.
So the other day, I had to stop into Benjamin Moore to pick out some paint samples for all of our walls, and I thought I’d round up some of my favorite no-fail neutrals if you’ve been ready to bust out some paint brushes lately.
These six neutrals are great if you want a gray with a cool, blueish undertone.
These six neutrals aren’t quite “tan” but have a warm undertone that can still work alongside gray shades in the room.
If you have cabinets or trim needing a refresh, these four whites are my favorite! We just painted our living room with Swiss Coffee in the new house, and it feels instantly bright but still warm and welcoming. It’s slightly creamy without looking yellow-y. We used Simply White on our trim too for a bright white that still works well alongside cream tones.
If you want to add drama to your house or make it feel a little more luxe, throw in an accent of moody dark paint. These four are my favorites. We just painted our interior doors with Wrought Iron, and it’s the perfect deep shade that is darker than charcoal but has a bit more dimension than straight black.
Just a couple of touch-ups and I’ll be sharing the living room totally repainted later this week. I used to long for lots of moldings and details in our house, and now that we have it, I’m realizing just how loooooong it takes to paint. But it’ll be absolutely worth it.
Do you have any favorite neutral paint colors? Or colorful paint colors? Or tips to make painting a room go lightning fast?