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NEUTRAL TERRITORY —- MY 10 FAVORITE NEUTRAL WALL COLORS

BACK IN THE DAYS WHEN "CREAMY WHITE" WAS STILL "SPRING IN ASPEN"
BACK IN THE DAYS WHEN “CREAMY WHITE” WAS STILL “SPRING IN ASPEN”

 I ran into my friend Helen this morning at the paint store and she had that look I have seen so many times, the look of total overwhelmed-ness…color overload…full blown decisional paralysis … carrying color swatches and looking crumbled and confused. She was on a quest for the “RIGHT BEIGE”…you know, “not too dark, not too grey, not too light”. And it looks like Helen is not alone. The number one reason readers come to my blog is to explore color….and the number one google question they ask is…”What is the best Neutral wall color?”

SO HENCE

” My 10  FAVORITE Beigey-Gray NEUTRALS”

ALL BENJAMIN MOORE COLORS: 1. ASHWOOD, 2. CREAMY WHITE (AKA SPRING IN ASPEN), 3. EDGECOMB GRAY, 4.FEATHER DOWN, 5. FRENCH CANVAS, 6. LANCASTER WHITEWASH, 7. MARITIME WHITE, 8. OLD PRARIE, 9. SAILCLOTH
ALL BENJAMIN MOORE COLORS: 1. ASHWOOD, 2. CREAMY WHITE (AKA SPRING IN ASPEN), 3. EDGECOMB GRAY, 4.FEATHER DOWN, 5. FRENCH CANVAS, 6. LANCASTER WHITEWASH, 7. MARITIME WHITE, 8. OLD PRARIE, 9. SAILCLOTH….

AND

10. TITANIUM
10. TITANIUM

YES, I know,  these colors, in this configuration, look almost identical.

In real life they are each unique, with subtle and non intrusive undertones …These 10 colors are my favorite Beigey Gray type “Neutrals”. Do not be fooled, some have the word “white” in their name BUT they are NOT whites.  They are all Benjamin Moore Colors, I tend to stick with what I know and what works…time and time again. I have used 7 of these colors in my current home. Ashwood – Dining Room, Feather Down – Entryway, Creamy White/ Spring in Aspen – Living Room, Maritime White – Upstairs hall, Edgecomb Gray – the Sleeping Porch AND Titanium – Dining Room table.  These colors are the absolute perfect backdrop to the colors I use in my fabrics, art, lamps and accessories.  They are like a good partner who complements your best traits…provides the necessary balance and lightness while letting you shine. All I know is that after what felt like a  lifetime of changing colors every 8-12 months…I brought these colors into my home 5 years ago and I have NOT felt compelled to change my wall colors…nope, not yet.

They are not for everyone…but they work great for me!

ASHWOOD - MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE DINING ROOM
1. ASHWOOD
ASHWOOD - FOR THE LOVE OF A HOUSE
ASHWOOD – FOR THE LOVE OF A HOUSE
FOR THE LOVE OF A HOUSE - ASHWOOD
FOR THE LOVE OF A HOUSE – ASHWOOD . Her Living room is painted Ashwood (above) and the dining room is painted another amazing neutral….Benjamin Moore Halo – OC-46.  I HIGHLY urge you to visit this blog, if you are a fan of beautiful homes and neutrals. She has done neutrals throughout her beautiful antique farmhouse…in combination with natural organic elements…stone, wood, glass and metals..and the marriage is beyond perfect…She has given me untold inspiration.   
ASHWOOD - MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE DINING ROOM
ASHWOOD – MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE DINING ROOM
CREAMY WHITE AKA SPRING IN ASPEN
2. CREAMY WHITE AKA SPRING IN ASPEN
MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE LIVING ROOM CREAM WHITE AKA SPRING IN ASPEN
MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE LIVING ROOM CREAM WHITE AKA SPRING IN ASPEN
SPRING IN ASPEN KATIE UKROPS HOUSE
SPRING IN ASPEN KATIE UKROPS HOUSE – this home, in August 2008 Domino magazine started it all!
LIVING ROOM ONE INOTOANOTHER
LIVING ROOM – SPRING IN ASPEN/CREAMY WHITE
EDGECOMB GRAY
3. EDGECOMB GRAY
EDGECOMB GRAY FROM perfectly-imperfectlife blogspot.
EDGECOMB GRAY FROM perfectly-imperfectlife blogspot.
Justin Bernhaut for Domino via Flickr
Justin Bernhaut for Domino via Flickr (I LOVE THE DOG PORTRAIT!)
TRADITIONAL HOME EDGECOMB GRAY
TRADITIONAL HOME
EDGECOMB GRAY
FEATHER DOWN
4. FEATHER DOWN
KATIE UKROPS ENTRYWAY FROM DAUGUST 2008 DOMINO MAGAZINE - FEATHER DOWN - this home inspired my move to neutrals and I have NEVER looked back...
KATIE UKROPS ENTRYWAY FROM AUGUST 2008 DOMINO MAGAZINE – FEATHER DOWN – this home inspired my move to neutrals and I have NEVER looked back…
The Long View down the front hall
The Long View down the front hall
CREDENZA AND GALLERY WALL
CREDENZA AND GALLERY WALL

 

 

FRENCH CANVAS
5. FRENCH CANVAS

 

FRENCH CANVAS -BEACH HOUSE IN THE CITY
FRENCH CANVAS -BEACH HOUSE IN THE CITY
FRENCH CANVAS PINTEREST
FRENCH CANVAS PINTEREST
FRENCH CANVAS - BEACH HOUSE IN THE CITY
FRENCH CANVAS – BEACH HOUSE IN THE CITY
LANCASTER WHITEWASH
6. LANCASTER WHITEWASH
PINTEREST
PINTEREST – LANCASTER WHITEWASH

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MARITIME WHITE
7. MARITIME WHITE
MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE UPSTAIRS HALLWAY MARITIME WHITE
MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE UPSTAIRS HALLWAY MARITIME WHITE- I think this is one of my personal favorites of the favorites…but shhhhhhh don’t tell the other neutrals, they are very sensitive.
MARITIME WHITE
MARITIME WHITE
HALL11-600x900
MY UPSTAIRS HALLWAY – MARITIME WHITE
OLD PRAIRE
8. OLD PRAIRE
SOUTH SHORE REDECORATING OLD PRAIRIE
SOUTH SHORE REDECORATING OLD PRAIRIE
OLD PRAIRIE - DECORPAD
OLD PRAIRIE – DECORPAD
SAILCOTH
9. SAILCOTH
PROJECT NURSERY SAILCLOTH
PROJECT NURSERY SAILCLOTH 
SAILCLOTH - DECORPAD
SAILCLOTH – DECORPAD

AND FINALLY

10. TITANIUM
10. TITANIUM
TITANIUM - PERFECTLY IMPERCEPTIBLE BLOG
TITANIUM – FOR THE LOVE OF A HOUSE BLOG – MASTER BEDROOM
TITANIUM - DINING ROOM TABLE
TITANIUM – DINING ROOM TABLE

There you go…my 10 favorite Neutrals

Like I said, these color are not for everyone. But I think they dispel the myth that Neutrals are boring. I find these colors perfectly beautiful. And Versatile And flexible. They quite simply…JUST WORK!

Do you use any of these colors in your home?

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29 thoughts on “NEUTRAL TERRITORY —- MY 10 FAVORITE NEUTRAL WALL COLORS

  1. Building a house and was only allowed one interior color (builder’s allowance). I know I will change it out down the road, but I wanted to live in the house awhile, watch how the natural light plays out and how we will use the rooms. After great deliberation, I picked Edgecomb Gray and after looking at this, I’m so glad I did! Thanks for making me feel better about a big decision.

  2. I love all of these, and this will really help my search for the perfect master bedroom wall color! By the way, that last photo with Titanium is the master bedroom from Fortheloveofahouse blog (I’m an avid peruser of that and yours!) Thanks for all of your inspiration

    1. Thank you so much for giving me the original source
      Of the last photo!I love for the love of a house
      And have been so happy to have her back on again! And so happy you are inspired!
      Xo

  3. I have been following and enjoying your blog since I discovered it in the Washington Post last year. What perfect timing to read today’s post before I head out to the Benjamin Moore store here in Cville to get a sample of edgecomb gray and revere pewter for our basement. Now I have some other options to consider! I also graduated from FSU but in elementary education so wonder how many of us live here?

    1. Thanks so much for commenting! Another Nole! Awesome! My niece just visited FSU from Tampa so there may be another generation there from my end next year…I did not include Revere Pewter in my Neutrals only because it is a tad darker that the collection I featured but without a doubt it is perhaps one of my favorite colors of all time. I had it on my hallway for a year or two, but it goes in a different direction than all of the colors I have there now. But I adore that color…with crisp white trim..the bomb!!! have fun!

  4. Gorgeous! What a great reminder that neutrals can be every bit as sexy and elegant as color.

    I was looking at Sherwin William’s Pottery Barn palette last night and saw one called Steamed Milk that looked worth investigating.

    It’s amazing how they can change too. How morning light and afternoon light can make them look completely different. I did my kitchen in a gray that you would swear is blue in one part of the room and putty in another part. Same color, same painting technique, but the light really changes colors.

  5. Inspired by you, I recently finished painting my living room Spring in Aspen and I just LOVE it. I used the Regal Select and love how the light bounces off of it. My hallway to the bedrooms connects to the living room so today I’m continuing the Spring in Aspen down there as well. Your choice of house colors has definitely inspired me – especially the great pops of color you have throughout. THANK YOU for your blog!

  6. Hi Lesli – what are you using for your trim colors with all those neutrals? I’m looking for a good consistent trim color (white) throughout the house. Thanks!

  7. hello…i came across this post because i am desperately looking for a neutral to use through my entire home. we are about to close on a Hays Town home. Mr. Town is a famous Louisiana architect. He uses lots of raw materials in his homes; exposed beams, brick floors, etc… Can you recommend one of these colors over another this style of home?
    thank you for your time.
    sincerely,
    helen

    1. IF I were going to use one color throughout an entire house of this style and age I would use either Benjamin Moore Feather Down, Maritime White or Creamy white. I adore these colors for their versatility and beauty!

  8. hi Lesli,
    Thank you for your kind words! I’m honored to have some of my rooms shown with this post on neutral colors. I did, however, want to make a small clarification. While my living room (above) is painted in Ashwood OC-47, my dining room (above) is actually painted in Halo- OC-46. To hear that the blog has been a source of inspiration for you made my day!! Thank you!
    all my best,
    joan

  9. I’ve been searching for a neutral color and was inspired by For the love is house’s paint colors. I finally decided on Ashwood…can’t wait to paint! Love your list of 10 paint colors…I almost went with Titanium.

    1. I am switching the color this week to Sherwinn williams “Steamed Milk” and Benjmain Moore “Chantilly Lace” to be a bit brighter. super excited especially since we hired the painters this time!!!

  10. I should have read previous comments… Just saw the mountain peak white comment! Thanks! If you have any other suggestions to go with sailcloth let me know! Thanks again!

  11. A woman after my own heart! I love your colors, home, and pictures! I’m a neutrals decorator too and absolutely love it. I do usually include one gray-green room in my home (in honor of tree lichen!), but all else is soft, relaxing “beigey-gray neutrals” and off whites. Great backdrop for art, fabrics, and my own thoughts…

  12. These are all wonderful colors and look great…on screen. On my walls everything looks different! I am considering spring in aspen, titanium or ashwood for my large living room. Do they all have slight green undertones?

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