Unless you elect for a true white, such as Farrow & Ball’s All White, most neutral paints will have some undertones of red, yellow, green, or blue that create either a sense of warmness or coolness. Warm colors — hues from red to yellow (browns and tans included) — advance toward the eye and appear more active. By contrast, cool colors — hues from blue green to blue violet (most grays included) — appear to recede. As a result, warm colors have a stimulating effect, while cool colors tend to be calming and relaxing.
Paints with warm pigments are ideal for communal spaces, workspaces, or entertaining spaces, where you and your guests want to remain alert and keep the conversation lively. If you’re looking for a shade that’s light but still bright, while also versatile and engaging, a warm neutral is your ticket. We’ve picked the cream of the crop, so you can put down those swatchbooks. Coat your walls with one of these beauties; they’ll complement more colorful artwork, accessories, and fabrics.
What neutral paint colors have you used in your home? What do you love about them? Share the names of your favorite swatches below!
|“Grant Beige” #HC-83, From $37, Benjamin Moore||“Elephant’s Breath” #229, From $95, Farrow & Ball||“Anonymous” #SW 7046, Price Upon Request, Sherwin-Williams|
|“Bone”, From $13,
Jeff Lewis Color
|“Manchester Tan’ #HC-81, From $37, Benjamin Moore|
|“Liberty Bell” #AR721, $6, Valspar||“Bleeker Beige” #HC-80, From $37, Benjamin Moore||“Old White” #4, From $95,
Farrow & Ball
|“Quarry”, From $13,
Jeff Lewis Color
|“Revere Pewter” #HC-172, From $37, Benjamin Moore||“Creamy” #SW 7012, Price Upon Request, Sherwin-Williams|
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