Everyone needs a go-to white, cream or gray. Whether you’re playing up furnishings or simply leaning toward a more understated color palette, these are the best neutral colors to have at the ready, according to designers.
A FORECAST WINNER
Josh Greene Design, New York City
Nimbus 1465 by Benjamin Moore
It’s the all around gray that works in cool and warm schemes and never goes purple. Here it is in the living room of a Greenwich Village apartment but we even used it as the shade for a Venetian plaster.
Marie Flanigan Interiors, Houston
Seapearl by Benjamin Moore
The shade offers a neutral palette with grey undertones, allowing for added versatility and depth. In this project, we wanted to achieve a light aesthetic that created a backdrop for subtle color. Seapearl’s tone layered beautifully with additional texture and accent colors.
Dwell by Cheryl Interiors, Charlotte
Shiitake by Sherwin Williams
This go-to neutral has the perfect mix of warm and cool tones. It works with so many schemes. It’s light and cozy at the same time, making it one of my absolute favorites.
Right Meets Left Interior Design, New York City
Metropolitan by Benjamin Moore
I selected this moody, warm gray for this bedroom to convey a sense of calm modernity.
THE ULTIMATE BACKDROP
Nina Magon Studio, Houston
Pure White by Sherwin Williams
White is a classic color that goes with anything! Pair it with black and you get a chic and sophisticated space.
Jay Jeffers, San Francisco
Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore
It’s a light gray, but it is my favorite version of white because I love how it plays off deep saturated colors. The crispness is just beautiful. We used it in this bedroom of an ultra-luxury condominium project in Pacific Heights. It boasts a double height ceiling, and the color makes the room look even larger.
Jeff Andrews Design, Los Angeles
Manor House Gray by Farrow & Ball
I love to use in a living room or other formal entertaining space, is the perfect backdrop color to other warm or cool colors.
Katie Leede & Co., New York City
Matchstick by Farrow & Ball
It’s an especially effective, creamy wall color when decorating with fine antiques, gilt and silk. It provides a warm and quiet canvas for layering in richness. This New York City triplex takes on a livable coziness while maintaining old world elegance.