5 Neutral Paint Colors Used by Interior Designers

There’s no denying that paint is the most transformative factor in any room in your house or workplace. Swathe a room in bright colors for an energizing effect, or coat your walls in warm colors to soothe the soul—your desired mood is just a brush stroke away. Its metamorphic nature, on the other hand, increases the pressure to find that perfect shade to not only set the foundation of your home but also complement every other aspect, from lighting to decorative direction. If you’ve ever been down this road before, you know how many paint samples and swatches on walls it can take to find “the one.” So we thought we’d give you a head start by asking interior designers to share their favorite neutral paint colors. Because we all know how difficult it is to find the perfect shade of white.

So keep reading to learn about the nine neutral paint colors that interior designers have already tested in other people’s homes (including their own!) so you don’t have to. We guarantee you’ll find the perfect calming color for you!

Farrow & Ball Wevet

Interior Designer and Founder of EyeSwoon, Athena Calderone used this color throughout her Brooklyn home, including all the doors, baseboards, trim, walls, and millwork of her living room, dining room, parlor floor, and hallways, in addition to the lower wainscoting in her bedroom.

All White by Farrow & Ball

Calderone chose Farrow & Ball’s All White paint for the ceilings throughout her Brooklyn home. While this subtle contrast is mainly invisible to the naked eye, it can be felt in the open space it creates in each room.

Fossil by Benjamin Moore

Calderone’s Amagansett refresh began with replacing her crisp white walls with the warmer hues of Benjamin Moore’s Fossil in plaster, which was applied by Kamp Studios to incorporate textural contrast. As a result, the room envelops you in its comfort like a warm hug.

Ash Grey by Farrow & Ball 

After installing Semihandmade doors, Calderone painted her IKEA cabinets in the Amagansett kitchen in Farrow and Ball’s Ash Grey, the perfect shade of soft green to match the veining in the Calcutta Monet marble.

She also enlisted the help of long-term collaborators, Kamp Studios, who expertly clad the island in the same hue of custom fluted plaster.

Behr Crisp Linen

There was one transformative tool interior designer and co-host of HGTV’s Home Again with the Fords, Leanne Ford, employed when reimagining her 1900 Pennsylvania attic: paint! A veritable master of white on white layering, Ford used her favorite hue, ​​Behr Crisp Linen, on the floors, ceiling, trim, walls, cabinets, steps—basically every surface. “That’s why it feels so vast,” she shares. “Everybody has this misconception that the trim has to be a different color, and I love the opposite. It creates one beautiful lightbox. “

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