In interior design, neutral colour refers to any of the many of variations of white, beige and grey. Neutral paint colours are favourite choices for many designers because they evoke a sense of calm and go with most other colours well. Building a room's colour palette with a neutral foundation is a foolproof approach to interior decorating.
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Whites include bright, "clean" whites and off-whites. If your goal is to open up your space and make it appear lighter, white is a good choice. Pure, "clean" whites are whites without any pink or blue undertones. They pair well with beige and grey accents and colours in the cool spectrum. Common pure white paint colours are Pratt & Lambert's Designer White and Benjamin Moore's Super White. Off-whites are whites with a just a touch of colour added, from grey to yellow to pink. Off-whites can look cool or warm, depending on their undertones, so for best results pair with accent colours that present similar coolness or warmth. Benjamin Moore's White Dove and Sherwin Williams' Dover White are two off-white paint colours.
Beige has been a favourite neutral interior paint colour for decades because it goes so well with most other colours. It adds more warmth than white and gives a room a light, simple look that lets your furnishings stand out. Beige-browns have a warm, creamy quality and are calming and restful. Common beige paint colours include Farrow & Ball's String 8, Full Spectrum Paints Mushroom and Benjamin Moore's Shelburne Buff. Taupes are beiges with added grey and are very versatile neutrals. Some taupe paint colours include Benjamin Moore's Rustic Taupe, Hampshire Taupe and Litchfield Gray.
Gray is a neutral colour used among today's interior designers. It lends a subdued, sophisticated look to interiors. Gray is very adaptable and can complement any colour scheme or decor. It works equally well in traditional or contemporary settings. Shades of grey range from pale, silvery greys to dark slates and ebonies. The grey family includes olive-greys, blue-greys, violet-greys and brown-greys. Common grey interior paint colours include Benjamin Moore's Bear Creek and Graytint, Farrow & Ball's Green Blue 84, and Sherwin William's Magnetic Gray.
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