The Trick to Choosing the Right Paint Color + 12 Perfect Neutral Paint Colors

We’ve all been there.  We pick paint for our home only to find that once we get it on the wall it’s not what we had in mind. -Ugh! It is too green when we wanted grey, or too grey when we wanted tan.

Where did we go wrong?  Isn’t a neutral a neutral?

Not quite.

Most of the time when we are picking a neutral paint we are often picking a shade that is pretty light. We choose shades that are enough to give us some color on the wall, make our baseboards and moldings pop, and are a perfect backdrop for everything else we want to highlight in a room.  All of these things are good.

The problem is that when we are looking at these really light shades on the paint swatch, it is super difficult to tell what the undertones of the color are. Usually we don’t see it until it is all over our walls, we’ve already spent hours or paid someone to paint, and have to either start all over again, or live with it.  -Double Ugh!

In the first few homes I painted I made plenty of mistakes, but I learned some tricks along the way and (not to toot my own horn but) I haven’t made a color mistake in a very long time.  And word on the street is that many of you (my fabulous readers) are stumped when it comes to picking color for your homes.  In fact, recently I asked each one of you what your biggest struggles are when it comes to decorating your home, and I would say about 70% of you mentioned color. So I’m here to help!

The trick to choosing the right paint color for your home.

Over the next few weeks we are going to dive into color here on the blog starting today with 12 neutral paint colors that should help you narrow your search and take the plunge into getting some color up on your walls.  Keep in mind that regardless of the brand of paint you prefer, if you find a color in any brand, you can take it to the paint store and they can color match it for you using the brand you prefer. (Say whaaaaat?)

Ok let’s get to it!

First things first.  Neutral does not mean grey, white, or brown.  In home decor, neutral means light to medium colors that work nicely with other colors.  That means that most neutrals have different colored undertones like grey, blue, yellow, brown, and green.  This is why you have to be careful.  The last thing you want to choose if you dislike the color green is a neutral with a green undertone.  Undertones are sneaky, but I’ll explain how to see the undertone clearly in even the lightest shades.

That said, neutrals can be cool (have blue or green undertones) or they can be warm (have brown, red, orange, or yellow undertones.)  The first thing you will want to decided is if you want a cool or a warm neutral.  

I myself am a cool color person.  My entire house has blues and greys with very few warm colors.  So naturally when choosing a greige for my walls, I went with something with a lot of grey in it, but enough brown to give it some warmth. I guess you could call it a perfect greige. 🙂

But if say you decorate with a lot of red and wood tones, you would probably go in the direction of a warm neutral.

You with me?

So how do you know what the undertone of a color is when you are choosing a light shade of paint?  You always look at the darkest shade on the paint swatch.  It is where the color is the most obvious and it will tell you what undertones are going to show up, even in the lightest shades.

Let’s look at some examples.

how to choose the right neutral paint

Take your hand and cover the small color tiles at the bottom of the photo so you just see the 3 large color tiles.  They are all pretty similar.

If I asked you which one was the most true grey you could probably spot it pretty quickly right? (Passive Grey)  But if I asked you which one was the most green you wouldn’t be able to answer as quickly.

Now take your hand down and look at the tiles along the bottom.  This is similar to what you see on a color strip in a paint store.  The shades go from lightest to darkest.  So now, look at the darkest shades of each of the three colors above and tell me which one has the most green.  Aloof Gray right?  Repose Gray has the most brown in it, but also has black so it is a true greige and Passive Gray has a black base so it is a true cool grey.

Make sense?  Using the darkest color on the swatch will help you see the true base of the color!

But there are a ton.of.colors. out there and it can get overwhelming.  So I did some research using 2 popular brands and came up with these 12 neutral paint colors that will hopefully get you going in the right direction. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure. 

Here are my top neutral paint colors

P.S. SW= Sherwin Williams and Behr Marq.= Behr Marquee found at Home Depot

best neutral paint colors from Sherwin Williams and Behr Marquee

You’ll notice that the top row are the neutrals with cool undertones of blue and grey.  The middle row are neutrals with warm undertones of brown and red, and the bottom row are cool neutrals with green undertones.

Essential Gray- Sherwin Williams  ||  Silver City- Behr Marquee  ||  Passive Gray– Sherwin Williams  ||  Gray Shimmer– Behr Marquee  ||  Park Avenue- Behr Marquee  ||  Requisite Gray- Sherwin Williams  || Repose Gray– Sherwin Williams  ||  Popular Gray– Sherwin Williams  ||  Sedate Gray– Sherwin Williams  ||  Aloof Gray– Sherwin Williams  ||  Silver Strand– Sherwin Williams  || Looking Glass- Behr Marquee

 

TIP: If you are painting a large open living space sometimes it is a good idea to choose a color and then paint one room one or two shades lighter or darker to give some contrast when looking into the room from another room!

best neutral paint colors

Hopefully this helps give you a starting point and the confidence to choose paint that you will love.

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

84 thoughts on “The Trick to Choosing the Right Paint Color + 12 Perfect Neutral Paint Colors

  1. Anna says:

    Hi I am stumped! Wish I had found this post before I spent $700 at SW buying paint 🙁 I was wanting light light grey… the nice lady suggested Morning Fog/ looked pretty on the little swatch, well when I started painting it looked Dark Lilac! So I took it back, they tried lightening it/ I still didn’t like it so they sold me 2 shade lighter “grey” came home after spending $224 more painted 2 walls and everyone says it looks baby blue!! And it does. Light light baby blue, I don’t see much grey. I can’t spend anymore money, help. Do you thnk after decorating with my beige toned curtains and bed I think would look better? My ceiling is constrasted with white. Weird thing is when I take a photo it comes out gray. I just feel stuck

    1. Corey Willis says:

      I’ve certainly had my share of paint mistakes, too, Anna, so I know how frustrating it feels. While I don’t give specific color advice, you might find my post on creating a whole house color palette helpful. Best wishes!

  2. I never knew that there were both warm and cool neutral colors. My wife and I have been talking about repainting our home, but we haven’t found a color we like yet. Our house is decorated with cool colors, so I will have to mention to her that we should find a neutral color with cool undertones. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Burt!

  3. Jenni Langley says:

    I have an open plan living/dining/kitchen. My laundry is also open to the house. I’d love to paint it all, but it’ll take so much paint! Do you have any suggestions for choosing a color that goes with wood? I have tons of woodwork–cabinets, baseboards, door frames, crown moulding, and I have a wood dining table & chairs, and wood-look tile. The granite counters are a marbled black/creamy color. I have a blackish-brown sectional sofa. My outside doors are cream and the paint is a cream color. What I really love is aqua. I’d like to incorporate it in my home without it becoming overwhelming. I only have a couple aqua decorative items above the kitchen cabinets, but I’m planning to paint a cabinet/hutch aqua. We have photos with black frames. Do you know what other color would go well with all this? I’d like to lighten the feel of the room, make it cozy. I need to choose an area rug and entrance runner. I’m not sure where to go from where we are right now. Thanks for any advice you can give!

  4. some awesome ideas here! and I love all the colors!!

  5. Camille says:

    I’m leaning towards Repose Gray for the main areas of my home…what fabric, upholstery, accent colors look good with this paint color?

  6. Betty says:

    If I have lite grey with some dark grey and very light tan and black hardwood floors what color paint would you suggest ? I was thinking the walls a light grey and the fireplace wall a different color but not sure If it should be a darker shade of grey or something totally different . Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated !

  7. Tami says:

    I’m trying to understand this color concept: if say I have a green and blue bedspread and I’m looking for a grey wall color to make it “pop”. Do I look for a grey paint color with green and/or undertones?

    1. Hi Tami. Actually it would be the opposite. If you want the colors to pop you would want to pick a grey with brown or even some black undertones. Picking undertones that are the colors you are already using will make it all blend together.

  8. Cindi says:

    Actually, on Houzz many designers said that the paint companies don’t always put darker forms of the same colors on a paint chip, so this technique doesn’t always work. Many also warn that when you have another paint company mix someone else’s paint, it rarely comes out the same color. So just beware.

    Also I’m not clear why you chose all grays for all your neutrals. No whites or beiges. Is this just what you focused on in part 1?

    Thanks

  9. It’s good to know that you should always look at the darkest shade of paint on the swatch to see what the color undertone is. My husband and I are thinking of upholstering our big sectional, but we’re having some trouble with picking the color. I’ll be sure to get a swatch memo and look directly at the darkest shade first. We think that some warm undertones would be nice, so hopefully this trick will help us get the exact shade we want.

  10. Maryann says:

    Corey,

    I’m struggling finding the right color for my kitchen / dining room. I prefer warm undertones and going by what you said above maybe yellow or orange undertone. My goal is to have a Tuscan decor. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  11. Tina says:

    Loath grey, my bubbling personality goes all quiet if I had to live with it, so sticking to my warm colours and if I need a clean canvas I choose soft whites, creams etc! Thank goodness we are all different eh! It would be a boring world if we all chose the same!

  12. Thanks for the tip for spotting the color undertones on the paint swatch. I never even thought of looking at the darkest color. I normally just get samples and put them up everywhere to make sure I like the color. However it will be much better to eliminate the bad colors without buying the samples.

  13. Joni says:

    Hi Corey,

    I would like to repaint my home with grey neutrals, but am stumped. We have rich Douglas Fir hardwood throughout the main living areas in the home; they are quite the focal point. The floors are very red/yellow, and I’d like to do the kitchen in a medium grey/white/blue scheme. Therefore I’m looking for a light grey for all the walls in the main living area, which includes the kitchen. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    1. Hi Joni. Try Repose Grey (by Sherwin Williams, but you can have it mixed in any hardware store in the brand of your choosing.) I think it will go great with your floors and with the blues you want to bring into the space. Of course get a tester to see how it looks.

    2. Debbie says:

      Hi Corey, I’m wanting to repaint our beach cottage we have a lot of wooden finishes and I’ve gone crazy about painting some of the older furniture pieces white or old white havnt got started yet as I’m not sure if I should be bringing colours with blue or green or just stick to white any suggestions on colour I should be looking at for this project furniture and wall colours thank you in advance

  14. Marla says:

    Hi Corey,

    I found your article really helpful, but am stuck trying to figure out what undertone we should use. We’ll be selling our house so want something neutral. We’re repainting the walls in the living room and kitchen, which are an open space, along with the trim and kitchen cabinets (which we are going to do the same color). I’m stuck because our floors are multi colored Chinese slate with greys, Browns, and oranges. The floors are really beautiful, but I don’t like the color orange in general. Plus people buying in our neighborhood tend to be young and I want to be careful that the colors don’t tend toward to traditional, if that’s possible with the floors we have. Can I find an undertone that will bring out the greys and downplay the oranges?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Marla. Absolutely and I think that if they buyers are young they will want a color scheme that works well with greys. Definitely look for the black/ grey undertone and stay away from any brown with orange in it. The darkest color on the swatch should be so dark brown that it could almost seem black. Hope that helps and good luck with selling!

  15. ellie says:

    I think this is really interesting. The colors in my entire house are mostly shades of gray & blue. I have Repose Gray as the main color in my foyer & hallways (they are North facing rooms) The color reads as a very neutral gray although it can look a bit tan at times. I pretty much HATE yellow or green undertones however I don’t see them in the Repose Gray at all. In my family room I have Passive Gray and I love the color (this color evokes more of a feeling in me where the Repose Gray is sort of blah to me) however it feels much less “neutral” as it sometimes reads a bit purple in my South facing room.

  16. Erica says:

    I am not a creative person to this extent but I am not sure what colors would go together or what. Are you staying the color scheme in your home flows in each room of your house? My husband love earthtone colors as well as myself but not dark but my daughter would like to have a pink and purple room but I am not sure what other colors would flow with that. I have a 2 yr old son who shares a room with us but I would love for his bedding to flow as well. I think I would choose the harmonies colors. I am new to your blog but I am so excited with everything I am seeing so far. Thank you for your help.

    1. Hi Erica. I’m so happy to have you here and love that you are finding useful info so far! I don’t really include my kid’s rooms in my “whole home color scheme.” My daughter’s room is purple and girly, which definitely doesn’t go with the rest of my home. But the rest of my home has the same repetition of colors but in different amounts in each space. My front room is mostly monochromatic blues and greys, but my family room (which is more casual) has those colors plus some fun pops of greens and pinks. My guest room is only blue and white. The point is to keep within the same colors scheme but use them in different ways in each space to create a cohesive home. I hope that helps. Definitely let me know if you have more questions!

  17. Erica says:

    Thank you for responding quickly. I have one more question. I am not a creative person to this extent but I am not sure what colors would go together or what. Are you staying the color scheme in your home flows in each room of your house? My husband love earthtone colors as well as myself but not dark but my daughter would like to have a pink and purple room but I am not sure what other colors would flow with that. I have a 2 yr old son who shares a room with us but I would love for his bedding to flow as well. I think I would choose the harmonies colors. I am new to your blog but I am so excited with everything I am seeing so far. Thank you for your help.

  18. Erica says:

    Hello Corey,

    I am a renter. I am renting a house. I can not paint any walls in my house. However, Could I use this create a whole home color palette through décor to bring out the color?

    1. Hi Erica! Yes absolutely. In fact the trend now is to have white walls and have the actual color palette be on the furnishings and accessories. Instead of picking a neutral for your walls, use your cabinetry or large pieces of furniture as your neutral base. Great question!

  19. Johnnie Tate says:

    I have a 1940’s house that I am completely renovating. I love grey and plan on using it throughout the house. Any ideas on painting the ceiling with the walls will be light grey?

    Thank you.

  20. Karen says:

    I am painting much of my downstairs rooms. Do you have suggestions for “griege”with dark stained woodwork? also my kitchen ( cherry stained cupboards) opens into the family room. North exposure. Also have chair rail going down the stairway, foyer and into kitchen. Should I use 2 colors or “see” it as a whole wall instead of 2 parts. Want to update look. Thanks

    1. Hi Karen. I would use just one color on both sides of the chair rail. My go to greiges that work with everything are requisite grey and mindful grey (Sherwin Williams) They would both look good with any wood tone which would be perfect for you since you have a few going on in your space. Hope that helps!

  21. Marjie says:

    My home has gray based aquas, some bluer, some greener. The master is the only room I’m not happy with. It’s too dark, too blue. The choice was made with SW Colorsnap based on a picture I have over the bed. We just made selections of flooring and cabinets at a beach condo. The ceiling and walls can be painted one color. I chose SW Passive gray. Glad to see it on your list.

    1. That is one of my faves!

  22. Chaise Cope says:

    Thank you so much for this article! I have a whole house to paint at one time so it’s very hard and stressful to find enough colors I like and that go well with each other without making so many trips to the paint store for more colors that don’t work!! I am looking for a beautiful sage color for my dining room. Not too green. But a pretty neautral. Any ideas for an sw color?

    1. Gina says:

      Not sure how long ago you posted this Chaise, but we love Oyster Bay (Sherwin Williams). It looks different in many lights, but if it helps, you can buy a $5 sample jar from SW and try it out first.

  23. Emily says:

    Hi Corey! Thanks for the great explanation. We recently purchased a home with a lot of oak. Oak trim, oak windows, oak, oak, oak. There is too much to try to change it, so I’m going to work around it with colors like blues, grays, and greens. My first instinct is to pick cool neutrals to downplay the warm colors in the oak. My question is, will the cool undertones of the paint clash with the warm undertones of the oak?

    1. I don’t think so but I would do some samples right up against the trim/ oak to be sure. I think it is a good way to make the space more modern and updated!

  24. jenna says:

    I need your advice! I totally get what your saying here. So, I have a cape cod white house with dormer windows, I painted the front door a Charleston green/black, it has traditional shiny brass door knobs, knocker and lamps. The roof is an a medium brown with “architecture shingles.
    I want to paint the shutters a grayish blueish with black undertones. Would you do a brown undertone since the roof is brown? There is a small stoop with a blueish grey with black undertones, it’s made from that fake plastic decking. The color looks great with the blackish door. So, black or brown undertones and would you go more true grey or blue grey?
    Thanks, I’m so glad you get me….the guy at home depot was without a clue:)

    1. I would definitely go with a grey and you could go either way with the undertones since you have brown and green going on already. I would find one of each undertone that you like and then just pick your favorite from there. Hope that helps! The brass accents sound amazing!

  25. Hi Corey-

    I just found your blog and love the few articles I have had a chance to read – good stuff!

    Do you have a trick for toning down a bright/darker blue so it’s a little more neutral/toned down? Our dining room is the first room I did – our brand new house was all white so I took a leap! 15 years later and now the other rooms have been painted in the house. Although I still like the basic color of the dining room (the undertone as you might say…), it’s too much color for the rest of the house.

    Any tricks up your sleeve?

    thanks,
    Anne

    1. Hey Anne. It really depends on the exact color and the formula used to make it. I would go to your paint store and have them look up the color formula and ask them. They can usually mix into your already existing paint if you have some still and fix it for you.

  26. Christine Jolicoeur says:

    I need color ideas for a new front door. My brick is cream colored and my roof is brown with a speck of copper. The exterior window color on the second floor is copper. I have had green and bleu as door colors, but now that I need a whole new front door after 25 years, I am at a loss for options. Beside the obvious chocolate brown, do you have other color optiobns. I can e-mail you a picture of the exterior if need be. Your suggestions would certainly be inspiring.

  27. Christine Jolicoeur says:

    I need color ideas for a new front door. My brick is cream colored and my roof is brown and copper shingles. I have had a green color and bleu color but not need a whole new front door after 25 years. Do you have suggestions. I can e-mail you a picture of the exterior if need be. Your suggestions would certainly be inspiring.

  28. Malo says:

    Thank you so much with you explanation of the colors, I really enjoyed your post but I’m still struggling with the colors in my house I’m hoping you’ll help me.
    My rooms are to dark , not enough sunlight. I want to paint a light color with some blue undertones if I can, like sky High or Top Sail maybe, but my problem……. My woodwork is all a off white with glaze over it (it looks antiqued) most of my furniture is brown and I have walnut floors and granite with a lot of brown. Can I use a light gray or blue or will my wood work then just look dirty?
    Should I stay with a wall color with brown under tones?
    Any help you give will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you!

  29. Virginia says:

    I’ve read many post on how to determine the color undertones. My eyes and brain always seem to glaze over with the endless long explaination. You’ve made it so simple to understand! Thank you so much, I’ll now have no fears or doubt on my next trip to the paint store.

  30. Marianne says:

    This is great! My husband is a painter and told me always check to see what the color mix is. This will also tell you how the color will show up on the wall. I chose a beautiful taupe color (I thought) for my bedroom but it ended up pink. It was mixed with maroon so that is why it came out pink. Live and learn 🙂

  31. Lisa Ortiz says:

    Continued from last post…I forgot to mention…I dont want a dark griege…more on the lighter side please. I literally have swatches taped all over on a white background to get the truest color…and still feel lost. Ty

  32. Lisa Ortiz says:

    Hi…..I am stumped. I have cream heavily choc glazed cabinets in kitchen with connected den in off whites, burlap, cream and aqua accents with a dark mossy green/gray couch. Very little true white anywhere and wld like to change my cappucino/tan walls to griege. Problem is the griege I tried seemed to be beige enough but once up it looked white/lavenderish. Its called ghost pine. So my question is what griege wld be best with creams, tans, offwhite, aqua and natural linen and some black and my greenish couch. Ineed to mention I dont want to emphasize the green in the couch but want to pull out the gray in it. Thank u in advance…love your advice 🙂

    1. Hi Lisa. It is really hard for me to give you an exact color without seeing your space, but I will say that a true greige will go with all of your colors (which sound beautiful by the way.) My go to greige is the one I used on my walls. It is Requisite grey by Sherwin Williams. If you are wanting something a little bit lighter, just go up a hue or 2 on the swatch. I have a lot of grey, black, blue, and even brown in my home and this color works perfectly. And remember that almost any paint brand/store can color match. I hope that helps!

  33. Angela says:

    My husband and I are in the middle of picking the right color to paint the interior of our house. I have always used beige and I want to move away from that color. My hesitancy is that I have dark brown leather couches. Do you think that a gray tone of paint along with my dark brown couches will look ok?

    1. Hi Angela! Yes I do. Greige is a neutral that will go with anything. We have a dark brown sofa in our loft and greige on the walls and it looks great!

  34. Laura dusard says:

    I want to paint with neutrals. Gray is my favorite. However, one room is all deep red. The trim is all dark wood. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. If the trim is dark wood and you plan to keep it that way, I would go with a light shade of greige or grey. The contrast could be really beautiful. With the red as an accent, you may want to go toward a warmer neutral, but not too orange. Hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by!

  35. Amber George says:

    Corey,

    Thanks for the helpful tips we are repainting our entire home with grey and have multiple samples splattered all over the walls. One question for you, how do you feel about light walls and dark trim? I’m loving the thought of it but thinking that I might hate it after the fact!

    Amber

    1. Hi Amber. I have to admit, I tend to lean toward bright white trim, but I think dark trim can be done! I would search pinterest for “dark trim” and there are a bunch of examples that might help you decide if it is right for you. I think if I lived in a home with a lot of built in character, I would totally give it a try. Let me know what you decide cause I would sure love to see how it turns out if you go for it!

  36. Clare says:

    Great post. Can you please share how you are creating a paint card with multiple colors from different brands like the one featured in this post? I can’t figure out how to do this even with one brand much less across brands. I’d like to see my whole house selections in one place and am struggling to find the tool that allows this functionality.
    Thanks so much and your advise is super helpful!

    1. Hi Clare. Great question. Before I give you an answer, it is important for me to know what you will be using it for. Are you planning to print it out to use to make other design choices? If you could shoot me an email at tinysidekick{at}gmail{dot}com and let me know we can go from there.

  37. susan says:

    What would you recommend for a warm neutral color that goes best with (honey) oak trim?

  38. Great post! Thank You. I am in the processing of pick colors for my living room and kitchen. They kind of run together. I want something little and relaxing. I was thinking gray/blue for the kitchen. What color plays well with that to do my living room? I was thinking a nice cream or beige color. Any suggestions? My paint colors are really dark right now from the previous owners so I want to ligthen things up.

    1. Amy says:

      Opps just realized I typed little instead of light and relaxing!

  39. Tiffany says:

    Very helpful indeed, good tips.

  40. monica says:

    My husband and I just bought a house and we want to do a wine red color for our living room mixed with another color. What would you recommend and for our kitchen what would you suggest ? We are starting from scratch with paint all over the house

    1. Hi Monica! I think wine red looks really nice with a very subtle green that has a brown undertone. This will help lighten the space and give it a fresh feel too. As for your kitchen, if it is just off of the wine red room, I would go for a neutral. The undertone of the neutral will depend on your cabinet color of course. How exciting that you have a new space to make all your own. I hope this info helps. Let me know!

  41. Evelyn says:

    You have great ideas and information. I like the fact you did this as a stay at home mom after giving up your “paid employment” job! Ha! People don’t understand its harder to stay at home. But wow! What a great thing you are doing here! Love your advice! This really helps for paint color and this is the first time I visited your site. I look forward to getting updates from you! :))

    1. Thanks Evelyn! I’m so happy that you are finding the info. here useful. So glad you are here.

  42. Stephanie says:

    This blog has been super helpful. I’m the worst at picking paint. That being said, I’m about to buy a house that has reddish brown ceramic tile. Suggest matching the tile with paint? Is it possible to still pull off a warm gray?

    1. Stephanie says:

      I should mention I’m normally a cool color person and don’t love the reddish tile. So I’m struggling with this

  43. mia coursen says:

    Thank you for your color advise. My question is I have an Eastern facing room with high ceilings….in the morning it is very sunny and light. My favorite neutrals are light blue green grey….any suggestions….or should I go a different direction than neutral gray blues. I have painted my bathroom Krypton by SW….I have had so many compliments on that color. But it is too dark for my bedroom. My second Bedroom is Palladium Blue BM and so elegant. Thanks again. Look forward to your ideas. I have an open floor plan home so all the colors should blend well together.

  44. Robin says:

    Wonderful and helpful! I just wanted to add that you shouldn’t forget the ceiling… either a shade darker or lighter, depending on your lighting and preferences. The ceiling is considered by many to be the fourth wall of your home!

  45. Dinah says:

    Corey, what is your go-to “white”? I realize that the clors selected might impact that choice, but in general, the same great classics work. I’ve often used Benj Moore Decorator White.
    Thanks.

  46. Lisa says:

    I’m fixing to paint the inside of my house., mainly the kitchen, den, hallway, bathroom and master bedroom. I love the greiges but the outside of my house is painted a med taupe.. Is that too much beigey color? I lean toward the Repose color.

    1. I don’t think so. You may consider keeping the main areas that all flow together a neutral with maybe an accent wall in a color and then also give your bathroom and bedroom a color. This post about creating a whole home color palette may help. (http://www.heytherehome.com/how-to-create-a-whole-home-color-palette/) Let me know if you have any more questions. And I love Repose!

  47. […]  (Figuring out undertones when looking at these things is a lot like what we talked about when choosing paint.  You want to look at the color and decide if the base color has red, green, blue, brown, or […]

  48. Great post! I think choosing shades of gray is the most difficult, with white a close second. 🙂

  49. This is SO helpful. I swear my eyes play tricks every time I look at swatches.

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  51. willie says:

    What does greige mean ? I liked how you explain the undertones. I got lucky with the paint colors I chose for my bathroom and bedroom. I really like the grey in my bathroom. I have a “Burgundy” bathroom sink counter.

  52. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Again!
    Since you directed me to this, ( no, I didn’t see this before) thank you! You are so helpful, I’m not really sure what I googled to find your site, ( I was searching for many things at the time) but I’m so glad I found it. Thank you also for laying out examples, this helps the most!

    It never ceases to amaze me how much people share so generously online. Thank you, You’re the best!

    1. You are so welcome Elizabeth! I’m so glad you found my little spot on the internet!

  53. I love the way you explained the paint strips Corey. We are trying to find the perfect color for our stairway right now. This will be a huge help. Thank you!

    Val

    1. I’m thrilled that it was helpful! Happy painting!!!

  54. Colleen says:

    This is such a good explanation – and added a “Doh!” moment to me for sure. I’m looking to paint our boxy hallway with poor light and this is soooo helpful – especially in deciding what colors I don’t want to use. Thanks Cory!

    1. You are so welcome Colleen. A new coat of paint can make even a dark space feel great. So happy that you had a “doh” moment!!!

  55. This is BRILLIANT Corey! And your timing couldn’t have been better! With a brand new (to us) house to renovate, I’m just starting to think about paint colours. It’s SUCH an overwhelming process, this is going to be such a huge help! Thanks for sharing friend!

    1. How exciting that you have a whole new place to spruce up!

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