Choosing the perfect gray paint color can be a little tricky – who knew there could be so many different shades of gray!
Are you stuck trying to decide between Sherwin Williams Summit Gray and Agreeable Gray? Or can’t decide between Benjamin Moore Classic Gray and your other favorite gray?
This gray paint guide is designed to help you find the perfect color for your home.
Best Gray Paint Colors
Before you decide on a specific paint color, choose one of the four gray paint categories: Neutral Gray, Warm Gray, Cool Gray, or Dark Gray.
The choice comes down to personal preference, but you should also consider the style and location of your home, as well as your decorating style.
To see which interior decorating style fits you best, check out this fun 10 question quiz I created: What’s Your Interior Decorating Style?
Neutral gray paint colors look great in most homes, and work with all design styles. All gray colors are inherently neutral, but these colors have been selected for their ability to ‘play nice’ and complement other color palettes.
Dark gray paint colors are bold, catch the eye, and make a statement. A color from this category could be perfect for you if your design style is eclectic, modern, contemporary, or industrial.
Warm gray paint colors make your home feel inviting and cozy. A color from this category is the perfect place to start if you’re into the rustic or traditional design styles.
Cool gray paint colorshave a slight blue undertone that keeps things light, bright, and airy. Make sure to check out these colors if your decorating style is: costal, modern, contemporary, bohemian, or minimalist.
To find a gray paint color that will look spectacular in your home, let’s break it down and talk about the benefits of each category + what makes each individual gray paint color unique. Here’s all the information you need to know, let’s get started!
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Neutral Gray Paint Colors
Gray is inherently neutral, so most gray paint colors can be classified as neutral. However, there are some grays that appear to have blue, yellow, green, brown or even purple undertones with certain lighting conditions.
The neutral gray paint colors in this category have been carefully curated to avoid paint colors with strong undertones. These paint colors should not clash with most other color palettes.
These neutral gray color selections are ‘light’ to ‘medium-light’ with LRV’s (Light Reflectance Value) ranging from 57 to 75.
Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore (OC-20)
Pale Oak – LRV: 69.89(LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
Pale Oak (OC-20) by Benjamin Moore is my personal favorite gray paint color. With a bright LRV of 69.89, it’s the second brightest gray paint color included in this guide.
I love how this subtle gray has just enough depth and color to make it feel like a true gray, but does it in a way that isn’t overly bold or in your face. Plus, Pale Oak walls look stunning against bright white ceilings, and trim.
Benjamin Moore discribes Pale Oak as:
Reminiscent of the majestic white oak, this beautiful neutral is graceful and elegant, conveying a sense of style and quiet restraint.
The picture below is our guest room with walls painted in Benjamin Moore Pale Oak (OC-20). The ceilings are Super White (OC-152), which is also a Benjamin Moore color.
Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams (SW 7029)
Agreeable Gray – LRV: 60 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
R: 209 G: 203 B: 193 Hex Value: #d1cbc1
Agreeable Gray (SW 7029) by Sherwin-Williams is neutral gray paint color, and as the name implies – it is quite ‘agreeable’. This gray paint color works well with most interior decorating color schemes because of its balanced neutral appearance.
Agreeable Gray is on the warmer side of the neutral spectrum. It reads as a true gray, and does not have strong undertones with most light.
With an LRV of 60, Agreeable Gray is on the lighter side, but still stands out as distinctively gray. This is especially true when contrasting against true white trim, walls, or ceilings.
Agreeable Gray looks is perfect for kitchens, and looks amazing in the image below. It contrasts nicely against the true white cabinets and ceiling.
Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore (OC-23)
Classic Gray – LRV: 74.74 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
Classic Gray (OC-23) by Benjamin Moore is a popular gray paint, and for good reason – it’s spectacular! Creating an interior design plan around ‘Classic Gray’ is easy because of its light, neutral appearance. With a LRV of 74.74, Classic Gray is one of the lightest grays included in this paint color guide.
I recommend this color to anyone that can’t quite choose between off-white and gray. Classic Gray is really a hybrid between the two color classifications. Despite having ‘gray’ in the name, Benjamin Moore technically includes the color in their off-white color collection. Here’s what they have to about Classic Gray:
This color is part of the Off-White Color collection. Inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile, the Off-White collection offers subtle nuances of whites that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces. A compilation of 152 white and off-white colors.
Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore looks superb in the living room below. It’s a perfect match for rooms with plenty of natural light.
The living room below is painted with Benjamin Moore Classic Gray. In rooms with less natural light, Classic Gray tends to look a little stronger, almost like a darker true gray.
Agreeable Gray vs Classic Gray
Benjamin Moore Classic Gray and Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray are two of the most popular colors on this list, so it’s helpful to see them side by side.
Agreeable Gray is a little bit darker, and it’s more of a true gray color. Classic Gray is lighter and closer to off-white.
Both colors are true neutrals, with minimal undertones. Of the two colors, Agreeable Gray is slightly warmer.
Classic Gray and Agreeable Gray are a good comparison if you’re trying to decide between a light, and a medium gray. If you’re looking for something darker, let’s check out Agreeable Gray vs Summit Gray which.
Summit Gray vs Agreeable Gray
Sherwin Williams Summit Gray vs Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray is another great side by side comparison. These are both extremely popular gray paint colors.
Summit Gray is significantly darker than Agreeable Gray, however, both are very appealing in their own way. Both colors are pretty neutral with no significant undertones, and no strong cool or warm bias.
Choosing between the two will come down to personal opinion (I think I’m on team Summit Gray!) but keep in mind that Agreeable Gray would be a better choice for a room with limited natural light.
All the details on Summit Gray can be found in the next category: Dark Gray Paint Colors.
Silver City by BEHR (MQ2-59)
Silver City – LRV: 57 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
R: 200 G:200 B:194
Silver City by BEHR is a neutral gray with pleasant hints of metallic silver. The touch of silver that BEHR utilizes in this color really brings the paint to life!
The LRV for Silver City is 57, which makes it a great choice for many rooms. Its a nice medium depth – not too light, and not too dark. The bathroom in the image below has BEHR Silver City walls.
Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams (SW 7015)
Repose Gray – LRV: 58 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
R: 204 G: 201 B: 192 Hex Value:
Repose Gray (SW 7015) by Sherwin Williams is a ‘true gray’. The color does not present strong undertones in most lighting conditions.
This medium-light gray is another one of my favorites. Repose Gray is a well balanced paint color, and it has just a touch of warmth which makes it perfect for bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms.
Dark Gray Paint Colors
Dark gray paint colors stand out proudly and distinctively. You can’t miss the dominate grey in these colors. This category has the kind of loud paint colors that you build a color palette around.
With LRVs going all the way down to 14 – you’ll notice right away when exploring this category – these colors are significantly darker than all the previous grays in this paint color guide. If that’s the look you’re going for, dark gray paint colors are for you!
Summit Gray by Sherwin Williams (SW 7669)
Summit Gray – LRV 30 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
R: 149 G: 148 B: 145 Hex Value: #959491
Color Collections: Timeless Color Wall
Summit Gray (SW7669) by Sherwin Williams is a strong dark gray paint color with a LRV of 30. The color has a balanced color profile. It has extremely close to equal parts red, green, and blue (R: 149 G: 148 B: 145).
This makes the color neutral with very minimal cool or warm tendencies, and no inherent undertones. Summit Gray will read very true on your walls, unless your artificial lighting has a large warm or cool bias.
Worsted by Farrow & Ball (No.284)
Worsted – F & B color description: ‘a rich gray’
Worsted (No.284) by Farrow & Ball is a medium-dark gray paint color can read with blue undertones, especially when illuminated with cool light. The slight blue bias keeps this paint color from feeling too heavy.
Farrow & Ball says this about their paint color Worsted:
This rich mid grey conjures memories of city suits made from flat woven fabric, so was named after the Norfolk village where the yarn was originally woven. For devotees of our Easy Neutrals, Worsted is stronger in tone than its counterpart Purbeck Stone, but lighter than Mole’s Breath. It has an understated richness with no cold tones, making it the perfect background to make clean accent colours pop.
Dovetail by Sherwin Williams (SW 7018)
Dovetail – LRV: 26 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
R: 144 G: 138 B: 131 Hex Value: #908a83
Color Collections High Voltage, Cool Neutrals
Dovetail by Sherwin Williams is a well known dark gray paint color. With an LRV of 26, this gray is flirting with the bottom of the brightness scale – it’s the second darkest color in the category.
Sherwin Willams includes this color in their High Voltage color collection, which is a fun loving, well saturated, bold group of colors. Here’s how they describe the ‘high voltage’ colors:
Electronics, alternative rock and digital technology – plug those influences into one socket and you get a blast of high-voltage look-at-me colors. We’re not shying away from them; we’re splashing them across everything from cars to appliances to upholstery…
Arctic Seal by Benjamin Moore (CSP-15)
Arctic Seal – LRV: 14.96 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
Arctic Seal by Benjamin Moore is DARK! It has a LRV of 14.96, which makes it the darkest color in this gray paint color guide (by a significant margin). This cool dark gray could also be classified as a gray-black hybrid color.
Benjamin Moore personifies Arctic Seal in their paint color description:
In his chilly underwater playground, a graceful shadow darts and twirls among the polar ice flows.
Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams (SW 7016)
Mindful Gray – LRV: 48 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
R: 188 G: 183 B: 173 Hex Value: #bcb7ad
Color Collections: Nurturer
Sherwin Williams says that the Nurturer color collection is for bringing people together. Mindful Gray (SW 7016) fits in perfectly with this color collection’s inviting nature. It’s a comforting color that makes your home feel ready to entertain guests.
Mindful Gray (SW 7016) is a medium-dark bodied gray paint color with mild warm brown undertones. It has an LRV of 48 and is lighter than most of the paint colors in the Dark Gray category.
I recommend Mindful Gray for bedrooms, and common areas like the staircase area in the image below.
Dorian Gray by Sherwin Williams (SW 7017)
Dorian Gray – LRV: 39 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
R: 172 G: 167 B: 158 Hex Value: #aca79e
Color Collections: Senior Living Cool Foundations, Acute Care Cool Foundations, PBteen – Fall/Winter 2019
Dorian Gray (SW 7017) by Sherwin Williams is a medium-dark gray paint color with a LRV of 39. It’s neutral, with a slightly cool appearance. The pleasing dark gray color contrasts nicely against true white trim, and ceilings.
If you choose Dorian Gray, I recommend sticking with a cool color pallet for the rest of the room as well.
Warm Gray Paint Colors
Painting your home with warm gray paint colors creates a relaxed, cozy vibe. This category is the best place to start if you love warm color palettes, and don’t want to select too dark of a gray paint.
Warm colors have stronger red and green color profiles, with less blue. Because of this red / green bias, gray paint colors tend to have a yellow, or brown hue. Depending on the exact mix of color, warm grays can also have orange, or olive undertones.
All the warm gray color selections in this category are ‘medium-light’ with LRV’s ranging between 48 and 63.
Colonnade Gray (SW 7641) by Sherwin Williams
Colonnade Gray – LRV: 53 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
R: 198 G: 192 B: 182 Hex Value: #c6c0b6
Color Collections: Timeless Color Wall
Colonnade Gray is a medium-light gray with RGB values of R: 198 G: 192 and B: 182. The weak blue in this color profile gives Colonnade Gray its warmth, and the prominence of red is responsible for some brown undertones.
This is a great choice for nearly any room, but my personal favorite use for Colonnade Gray is kitchen cabinets. The beautiful gray cabinets in the image below are Colonnade Gray by Sherwin Williams.
Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore (HC-173)
Edgecomb Gray – LRV: 63.88 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
Edgecomb Gray (HC-173) is relaxed, creamy and warm. The paint color has medium depth with a LRV of 63.88. Edgecomb Gray’s subtle elegance makes this paint color a favorite for many interior design professionals.
The color is a well balanced true gray, and doesn’t have strong undertones. These attributes make it a top contender if you’re looking for a warm-neutral gray that wants to be seen but doesn’t have to be the center of attention.
Benjamin Moore discribes Edgecomb Gray as:
A go-to gray that’s timeless with a modern edge, this earthy, organic neutral is soft and stylish, creating a setting that feels distinctly personal.
The walls in this bedroom are Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray.
Farrow & Ball – Elephant’s Breath (No.229)
Elephant’s Breath – F & B Color Description: ‘a warm mid grey’
If you’re looking for a unique warm gray paint color, Elephant’s Breath by Farrow & Ball is worth taking a serious look at. It’s a beautiful color, but be warned – Elephant’s Breath has strong magenta undertones.
I always recommend purchasing a sample pot, and testing paint colors on your walls before coming to a final decision, but this is especially important with Elephant’s Breath. The magenta hue can clash with other color palettes in your home. But when it works, it REALLY works – this is a beautiful paint color.
The following is Farrow & Ball’s description of Elephant’s Breath:
This warm and contemporary grey is renowned for its characterful paint name, originally created by John Fowler, the notable English interior designer. Elephant’s Breath reads as an uplifting mid grey with its hint of magenta, but can become almost lilac in the cooler light of west facing rooms. Try offsetting with Charleston Gray and London Clay for an invitingly earthy scheme with more intense accents, or pair with other Contemporary Neutrals such as the softer Strong White for a sense of neutrality and calm
The walls in the bathroom below below are Elephant’s Breath by Farrow & Ball.
Worldly Gray by Sherwin Williams (SW 7036)
Worldly Gray – LRV: 57 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
R: 206 G:198 B:187 Hex Value: #cec6bb
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If the mere thought of choosing a paint color gives you immediate dread, just wait until you have to pick the perfect shade of white. To the uninitiated, white seems like a simple enough shade. (In fact, it’s arguably the most popular wall color around.) Problem is, it has so many nuances and undertones. Suddenly, white isn’t just white: it’s pure white, off-white, or simply white, to name a few. Of course, the design plot only thickens when you factor in different finishes, plus how the shade in question will fare with your room’s natural sunlight and artificial glow.
To save you from the headache of trying to decide between hues that seem nearly indistinguishable, we got the scoop from top designers on the best shades of white, and where to use them. Whether you want to swath your home office in a fresh coat, paint your ceiling, or turn your bedroom into a serene oasis, there’s something here for every room.
1) Benjamin Moore Atrium White OC-145
“White can be a warm or a cool color depending on which tone of white you pick. If you want your home to feel really calm and relaxing, I suggest using a white that has a creamy tone to it. Benjamin Moore’s Atrium White has a little bit of a peach tone.” — Michelle Gerson
2) Benjamin Moore French Canvas OC-41
“Benjamin Moore’s French Canvas is a lovely off-white with bisque tones. I find it works especially well on ceilings where you may have a busy wallpaper or mural on the wall—and need a soft instead of a stark white that could potentially appear harsh in contrast to the pattern and color.” — Heather Hilliard
3) Benjamin Moore Distant Gray 2124-70
“Distant Gray is the perfect white, especially with contrasting trim. It has more depth than a pure white, but is still the perfect backdrop for a neutral interior.” — Miriam Verga, Mimi & Hill
4) Dunn Edwards Cool December DEW383
“Cool December by Dunn Edwards has been a staple in my designs for over 10 years. It’s a cooler tone that seems to open up a space and add a tempered brightness. The wrong shade of white can feel clinical and stale, or even a bit too creamy. Cool December strikes the perfect balance and always seems to do the trick for me. Plus, it’s touch-up-friendly and works well with Magic Erasers, [which is] important for moms like myself who have active kids.” —Breegan Jane
5) Sherwin-Williams Moderne White SW 6168
“White in a kitchen is classic for a reason. Subconsciously, humans interpret white as clean and pure—that’s why it’s such a popular color for kitchens and bathrooms. We like to add a little twist to our mostly white kitchens, like with a burst of orange on a barstool or a boldly patterned backsplash.” — Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry, Pulp Design Studios
6) Benjamin Moore Ivory White 925
“Sometimes you need a creamy white, which can be tough to get right. It’s easy to veer too yellow. I really love Benjamin Moore’s Ivory White. This creamy white works best when you envelop the room completely and paint the trim, walls, and ceiling in it. It reminds me of lightly tanned skin. It’s particularly nice in a beach house and looks fantastic with light wood finishes.” — Christina Kim
7) Benjamin Moore Snowfall White 2144-70
“For the perfect, crisp, icy white, we used Benjamin Moore Snowfall throughout this sky-high pied à terre. When the signature San Franciscan fog rolls in, you feel like you are floating on a cloud.” — Kendall Wilkinson
8) Sherwin-Williams Alabaster SW 7008
“My go-to white paint color is Alabaster from Sherwin-Williams, and my favorite color to pair it with is Naval by Sherwin-Williams. The key to selecting the perfect white paint is to determine the mood you want to create, and then choose a white that is either warm or cool. I like warmer whites like Alabaster for living rooms. But if I am creating an ultramodern, minimalist space, cooler whites help to complement the clean lines.” — Joelle Smith
9) Benjamin Moore Oxford White CC-20
“Oxford White by Benjamin Moore is a color I often use. It reads beautifully on walls and trims. It has a crisp and soft feeling with both natural and applied light.” — Mona Hajj
“Oxford White is our go-to for crisp, bright interiors. It’s just the slightest bit softer than a pure white, and is super adaptable to all interiors, modern and traditional.” — Stephanie Brown
10) Sherwin-Williams Origami White SW 7636
“Origami White is a gentle off-white; perfect for taking the edge off of modern interiors. [Great] for a more organic or eclectic vibe.” — Stephanie Brown
11) Farrow & Ball School House White No. 291
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“My no-fail, go-to white is Farrow & Ball’s Schoolhouse White. It’s a timeless off-white that promotes old-world warmth and is a solid foundation that marries architectural features, materials, and accent colors. The end result: a welcoming and comfortable home.” — Cortney Bishop
12) Benjamin Moore Cloud Nine OC-119
“As a colorist, white is seldom on my mind, but when I need a neutral gallery-esque background, I reach for Cloud Nine by Benjamin Moore. I painted the exterior of my office building in this particular shade and it’s the perfect contrast to the gloss black trim.”
— MA Allen
13) Clare Snow Day
“Snow Day is the perfect cool white that has just enough warmth to keep it from feeling sterile. This is a great option for a south-facing room or for a bright white to pair with cool colors.” — Nicole Gibbons
14) Sherwin-Williams Pure White 7005
“Finding the right white is always a tricky task. However, I’ve found that a successful shade of white is one that’s honest and bears no hidden undertones of blues, yellows or pinks. Pure White by Sherwin Williams is an elegant white, which grounds the space and creates a nice neutral background to allow your furniture to shine.” – Eileen Keshishian
15) Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17
“Our go-to living room paint color, Benjamin Moore White Dove, is a warm white that perfectly complements the fresh pastel colors of this feminine space, creating a calm and welcoming room for entertaining. We typically opt for the wow color moments in the fabrics and accessories, rather than on the walls, to keep the living room a more transitional space and the formal center of the home.” — Christine Markatos
“White Dove has a creamy undertone that brings a lovely warmth to homes in urban environments or those in climates that often experience grey and overcast skies. Meanwhile, in more traditional settings, White Dove reads as a crisp white without being too cold or modern.” — Emilie Munroe
“I love to use White Dove by Benjamin Moore. It’s so versatile! Because I focus a lot on art and artists in my work, this color never fights with sculptures, street art or abstracts. My favorite thing to do is apply one coat of Wise Owl's Opalescent Pearl Glaze over the White Dove. It softly shimmers with directional lighting, and the walls 'slow dance' without fighting with the art, fabrics and rugs. It's clean, simple and timeless!” — Kari Whitman
16) Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117
“Benjamin Moore Simply White is always a crowd-pleaser. It’s a warm, but true white, that looks both crisp and cozy in every space.” — Kristen Peña
“Benjamin Moore Simply White is my go-to for a kitchen. It just feels right–not too cool, not too warm.” — Victoria Hagan
“Benjamin Moore Natura Simply White has a slight warm undertone, which keeps it from feeling too sterile (no hospital vibes here). I have yet to come across a color scheme Simply White wouldn’t complement. It also really goes to work in those darker spaces with little to no natural light because the paint color itself simply radiates. Bonus, this is an eco-friendly zero VOC paint for the environmentally conscious!” — Meridith Baer
17) Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65
“When I want a really clean, pure white like I used in every room of a Spanish Modern home in Los Angeles, my favorite shade is Benjamin Moore 'Chantilly Lace' OC-65. It has a subtle cool grey base as opposed to warm yellow undertones, which makes for a very clear and beautiful shade of white.” — Rosa Beltran
“The most universal paint color I've used is Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore. I find myself going back to it again and again in order to create a bright white space that is warm and welcoming rather than sterile and cold. In a sea of whites, this is my tried and true!” —Nicole Davis
"It feels clean and bright without being cold or ‘dormy’." — Melanie Burnstin
18) Benjamin Moore Chalk White 2126-70
“My favorite white paint color is Benjamin Moore 2126-70. It is appropriately named Chalk White–a grey-scale white, which works universally juxtaposed with cool and warm tones. I use this color for paint, stain finishes, custom color reverse painted glass and metal as a foil contrasting with other elements. Almost every paint schedule our firm issues includes this shade of white.” — Katherine Newman
19) Portola Snow Leopard
"My favorite choice for white is Snow Leopard by Portola. I am always in search of a white color with depth, but without other discernible tints. This color creates a beautiful backdrop for both modern and traditional projects. Best of all, it is truly white when it’s up but creates a beautiful, warm environment." — Kazuko Hoshino
20) Benjamin Moore Navajo White OC-05
“Think melted vanilla ice cream. Its cream undertone makes it the perfect white for a country house and warm, naturally-lit spaces. You can do a whole room in Navajo White and it stands alone and gives it a soul.” — Alexandra Champalimaud
21) Dunn-Edwards Whisper
“I must admit I have a sore spot for colors with whimsical names. This one especially ‘whispered’ to me when I was looking to paint my entire office and showroom in Guadalajara. This color is a very calm, soothing tone that mimics the shade of white found in nature. I love it because it's primitive but very organic.” — Erick Millan
22) Benjamin Moore Cloud White 967
"Cloud White by Benjamin Moore is ethereal and soft. It is a timeless shade of white that works to either modernize or pare down a space without making it seem too sterile." — Anne Hepfer
23) Sherwin-Williams Extra White SW 7006
"This color is crisp and clean, but not too stark. It complements all different interiors." — Robin Strickler
24) Benjamin Moore Dune White 968
"I am currently having a love affair with Benjamin Moore's Dune White. I veer away from whites that are too clear and absent of pigment. I like the knocked-down elements of Dune White. It's a warm, flattering color inside and outside. I tell my clients it's a true white with the dimmer switch dialed down." — Janie Molster
25) Farrow & Ball Wevet No. 273
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“I love a good white with plenty of depth. Wevet by Farrow & Ball is one of my favorites for this reason. It has a beautiful hue of gray. It always looks brilliant and has great contrast that goes with many of my other favorites as well as looking beautiful on its own.” — Raquel Garcia
26) Benjamin Moore Super White PM-1
"It's the most pure expression of white with no color undertones. It reminds me of the galleries at the Gagosian Gallery. What I love about this color is that it makes your furnishings stand out like a piece of art." — Jon Call
“I love super white. I find it’s the cleanest and crispest and ALWAYS brightens my spaces. It's too cool for some people’s preferences. For me, it's spot on!” — Tali Roth
27) Benjamin Moore Crisp Linen CSP-305
"When it comes to white paint, I always prefer a warm undertone versus cool. Simply White by Benjamin Moore is my go-to, and for a slightly more historical lived-in feel, I warm it up a bit with Crisp Linen, also from Benjamin Moore." — Katie Hackworth
28) Benjamin Moore Calm OC-22
"My absolute favorite white of all time is Calm by Benjamin Moore. It has a softer and cozier feel thanks to a drop of warm gray in the hue, while establishing the background for crisp, clean, and timeless interiors. Calm is also particularly responsive to changes in lighting, whether natural or artificial. It is extremely versatile no matter what style, color scheme, or room you are working with." — Allison Babcock
"What could be more appropriate in one's bedroom retreat than the feeling of calm, promoting quiet, reflective and relaxing moments?" — Dayna Dabek
29) Benjamin Moore White Diamond 2121-60
"My old living room was painted this super cool white and I loved it for the space. I loved it because generally I’m more attracted to cool tones rather than warm tones. If you put it up to a true white, it looked a little blue. But in person, it just looked really white. So if you are looking for the perfect cool white, then this is a great option for you, as it doesn’t have any yellow or cream tones in it." — Emily Henderson
30) Benjamin Moore China White PM-20
"It seldom fails me, no matter where in the country I use it. It doesn't break green or pink. When held up against pure white, it has an off-white or greige appearance, but on its own, it holds up as true white—but with a little more body." — Eric Cohler
31) Farrow & Ball All White No. 2005
"My new favorite white is All White by Farrow & Ball. It’s described as 'a totally pure white,' and that’s just what it is. The biggest challenge with white paint is when it leans gray, or blue, or yellow and skews the look you were going for; All White is a gorgeous, pure white that doesn’t have an underlying tone." — Alessandra Wood, Modsy
"It's like a good friend. Easy to be around, dependable and it makes you and all the things around you look terrific. It stays consistent in any light, but in the afternoon, it can really make a room feel like it's glowing." — Brad Ford
32) C2 Cotton C2-836
"White is not a shy color—it makes everything placed in its path come forward. And Cotton by C2 is the softest of whites, with a touch of yellow as its undertone. It's the perfect backdrop to enhance wood and I especially love it in bedrooms. It makes skin sparkle." — Elizabeth Martin
33) Valspar Honeymilk 7003-4
"Getting white paint right can be a daunting proposition. Your best bet is a kinder, warmer white that has just a hint of grey or beige in it. Honeymilk is a soft white that's great for walls. I've used it in a gazillion rooms and have never been disappointed." —Elaine Griffin
34) Benjamin Moore Lily of the Valley 905
"This is a very creamy white, really warming up the space. If you try to use this in another brand, however, it will look baby-nursery yellow ... so stick to the Benjamin Moore original!" — Isabel Ladd
"I found this color more than 20 years ago when I wanted a really great, warm white for trim, and it has been my standby ever since. It works well in rooms that get a lot of light and also in those that need it." — Alessandra Branca
35) Farrow & Ball Great White
"It's a white with character, and it's anything but sterile. Great White works best in natural light, particularly in the morning when fresh, warm tones peek in. Throughout the day, it changes color ever so slightly—from white to not-quite-grey." — Kara Mann
36) Benjamin Moore Decorator's White CC-20
"I love this white for ceilings and woodwork, or in any room where I want a bright, clean white. It works well in all applications and with every kind of light source. Some whites can be cold and slightly blue, while others can have a creamy, yellow tone, but Decorator's White is a true white that is both warm and modern." — Jeff Andrews
"Nothing beats a clean crisp white wall and my go-to is Benjamin Moore Decorator's White. It is crisp and slightly cool, making it the the perfect backdrop to pop other colors used within a room." — Ohara Davies-Gaetano
37) Benjamin Moore Paper White OC-55
"Paper White [is great] for a lovely lighting grey white" — Highlyann Krasnow, The Design High
"I use Paper White in kitchens and bathrooms because it melds the grays of Carrara marble and the stark white of sinks and toilets." — Katie Ridder
38) Farrow & Ball Pointing No. 2003
"This is the perfect ivory for almost every setting—not too bright and not too creamy. We're all about striking that balance. It's proven itself in both a sun-drenched farmhouse living room and a one-windowed New York City bedroom." — Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham of Tilton Fenwick
39) Benjamin Moore White Wisp OC-54
"It's a tinted white with a hint of grey-green, but it reads as bright white. I like to use it on the trim for cool-colored walls. I use quite a bit of wall coverings in hemp cloth and other natural materials. White Wisp as a trim makes many of these papers look crisp." — Frank Roop
40) Farrow & Ball Wimborne White No. 239
"It has just a hair of yellow, but does not read too 'warm.’ It really just feels like a perfect, clean, white. Because of the depth of Farrow & Ball's formulas, it has a certain richness to it. It’s the white I tend to favor for more traditional interiors." — Amy Sklar
"What I love about the Farrow & Ball Wimborne White is that it is a beautiful shade of white that has depth and dimension. Using it in high-gloss achieves a very chic and modern look without using a real lacquer." — Suzanne Kasler
41) Benjamin Moore Winter Orchard 1555
"I love Winter Orchard because it has a super subtle tinge of grey in it, so it works with every color." — Taniya Nayak
42) Dunn Edwards Swiss Coffee DEW341
"There should be one cozy room, such as the living room, in every home. In this type of space, I like to use white paint as the backdrop for an amazing collection of art, which brings a pop of color. For me, the perfect shade of white, like this one from Dunn Edwards, isn't too yellow or too pink." — Trip Haenisch
43) Farrow & Ball Slipper Satin No. 2004
"Slipper Satin is my go to for 'fleshing up' more traditional rooms, as it is calming and gives a sense of ease and serenity. It is inviting and cozy, yet also works well on more architectural houses punctuating the accoutrements." — Jeffrey Alan Marks
44) Dunn Edwards Historic White DET653
"The classic warm white complements any interior then, now and forever. Ultra-premium paint from the DE Everest collection gives clients low-odor, zero-VOC finishes that are durable and contribute to good indoor air quality." — Sarah Barnard
45) Benjamin Moore Acadia White OC-38
"Acadia White by Benjamin Moore is my go-to Goldilocks. Not too warm, not too cool, but just right. It's the perfect creamy off-white." — Patrick Ediger
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The 10 Best Neutral Paint Colors That Never Go Out of Style
Neutral paint colors have always been in style and always will be. But defining a "neutral" color can be more difficult than you imagine. By the traditional definition, a neutral is any color that doesn't fall into any of the standard families associated with the color wheel. These include the gray, brown, and white families. Neutral colors such as taupe, off-whites, and light grays do not have a deﬁnitive color, so they almost never cause discord with furnishings and other color schemes. These "none-colors" are virtually foolproof since they easily support all other colors.
More recently, interior designers have broadened the definition of "neutral" to include shades that have definite undertones of a definable color. Most color families will now include a neutral or two that is predominantly taupe, off-white, or gray, but with a very subtle hint of color.
Whether a classic neutral or a subtle variation within a color family, a neutral paint color has many advantages in a room design:
- They are flexible, classic colors that are always in style.
- They are perfect for people who are unsure of their color preferences, or who change their minds a lot. A room's color scheme can be changed merely by switching accents against the neutral background.
- They are ideal for people who prefer bright, colorful accents and furniture.
- The overall effect of neutral paint is to make a room restful and relaxing.
- Color Family: Varies and can lean into grays, taupe, beiges, greiges, and even whites
- Complementary Colors: They work with virtually all colors because they're neutral
- Pairs Well With: Most colors pair well with these neutrals
- Mood: Calming
- Where to Use: Great for living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, offices
Here are 10 of the best neutral paint colors for your home's interior walls.
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