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9 Neutral Paint Colors Everyone Loves on Their Walls

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What color should I paint my walls?

That is the tricky question many homeowners worry about. Whether you like a bold, colorful room or something crisp and light, finding that perfect color everyone loves on walls can be an adventure.

Choosing neutral paint colors for your walls gives you timeless style. Neutral tones also allow for fun pops of color in your home furnishings and decor choices. I absolutely love these neutral paint colors from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams that have also won over many other peoples’ hearts. Plus, they all look great everywhere and anywhere!


But before you paint…

Paint Sample Swatches

Paint SAMPLING is your friend! 

No need to paint those walls quite yet! Did you know that you can buy peel and stick paint samples from Samplize?! 😱 Even better, you can get $5 OFF your first sample with promo code FIRSTFIVE at checkout, making your total just 95¢!

These samples are hand-painted with the exact color you provide. Yes, even name brands like Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore! They sounded so great, Collin had to try them out for herself. No more mess trying out all your favorite colors, and they’re made with a low-tack, water-based adhesive so you don’t even need to worry about damaging your beautiful walls!


Here’s what we picked…

various random neutral colors round circles scattered on white background


1. Agreeable Gray – SW 7029

neutral colored bedroom with large bed, bench, accent chair and large open window

If you’re looking for a warm gray paint, this is the perfect color! Agreeable Gray has a touch of beigey-brown to soften the cool gray color while eliminating the undertones of blue, green, or purple that grays frequently pull in certain lighting.

hands placing gray paint sample on wall floral artwork in background

Hip Tip: If you are loving this color, you can hop over to Samplize and have a 12×12 sample shipped right to your door.


2. Sea Salt – SW 6204

light and airy bathroom with fresh flowers on the sink

This color is often referred to as the chameleon of neutral paint colors. Depending on your lighting situation, Sea Salt can look more blue, gray, or a warm in between. Regardless of which room you decide to paint, you can expect a soothing and fresh space.

collin facing white door peeling off blue gray paint sample

Hip Tip: If you are loving this color, you can hop over to Samplize and have a 12×12 sample shipped right to your door.


3. Revere Pewter – HC-172

neutral color walls with windows wood ceiling and bed with blue stripe pillows gray french doors

This warm gray will suit all your needs. Revere Pewter is ideal for an open concept, it can easily transition from one room to the next and complements many color schemes.

two hands holding a revere pewter paint sample on gray wall with white trim

Hip Tip: If you are loving this color, you can hop over to Samplize and have a 12×12 sample shipped right to your door.


4. Pure White – OC-64

Benajmin Moore Pure White

Pure White is part of Benjamin Moore’s off white collection and is an endlessly versatile color. Perfect for essentially any room or surface, this color looks amazing and fresh anywhere you put it.

collins hand peeling off a white square paint sample on a gray wall

Hip Tip: If you are loving this color, you can hop over to Samplize and have a 12×12 sample shipped right to your door.


5. Aloof Gray – SW 6197

white bookshelves with decor and gray walls with a lamp and couch in front of window

The subtle undertones of coastal greens and blues in this gray paint will give you a versatile color for any chic home. Unlike many other blue paints, Aloof Gray won’t make your room feel cold and unwelcoming.

aloof gray paint sample being peeling off gray wall

Hip Tip: If you are loving this color, you can hop over to Samplize and have a 12×12 sample shipped right to your door!


6. China White – OC-141

white shiplap walls with charcoal colored sectional couch and TV

Looking for the perfect warm white? China White offers a creamy base which really warms a space. Even if you’re only looking to achieve the slightest color variations between white and off white, this one will create a perfect light and airy space.

hand peeling off corner of white square paint sample from gray wall

Hip Tip: If you are loving this color, you can hop over to Samplize and have a 12×12 sample shipped right to your door!


7. Black Ink – 2127-20

dining room with black walls and white trim with fireplace mantel and gold decor items

Here is your bold pop of color! Black Ink adds so much drama to any space, perfect for accent walls or as a contrast against other light colors. This black, charcoal color only has a very slight blue/green undertone, which makes it the perfect dark neutral to pair with many other colors.

hand holding a black square wall sticker in kitchen with tile backsplash and mugs

Hip Tip: If you are loving this color, you can hop over to Samplize and have a 12×12 sample shipped right to your door!


8. Metropolitan – AF-690

different sized cutting boards against a gray wall with planters

Voted 2019 Color of the Year, that’s enough reason for me to love Metropolitan. 😍 This stylish and sophisticated gray offers cool tones that will complement any neutral decor, while still keeping a space feeling warm and cozy.

metropolitan paint sample on a white door

Hip Tip: If you are loving this color, you can hop over to Samplize and have a 12×12 sample shipped right to your door!


9. Chantilly Lace – OC-65

white and sage blue kitchen cabinets with stainless steel appliances

Named after lace, this is exactly the beautiful color you will achieve with Chantilly Lace. Perfect for kitchen cabinets, it offers the right amount of cool tones and sophistication for any trim work or dream kitchen. 🙌

two hands holding corners of white square paint sample next to floral artwork

Hip Tip: If you are loving this color, you can hop over to Samplize and have a 12×12 sample shipped right to your door!


Which paint color is your favorite?

Let me know in the comments below!


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Comments 23

  1. HBee

    Thank you! I needed this. Our master bedroom needs a redo:).

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You are SO welcome!

  2. Jen Goodman

    Blueprint by Behr is an amazing grey blue color. Did my bathroom in it, looks great with nickel accents.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing with us how much you have liked that one! I’m in love with the grey blues right now!

  3. Sara

    I like Dust Bunny by Valspar.

    • Michelle (Hip Sidekick)

      I love paint color names! This is a great one.

  4. Diane

    Are you kidding me?? You guys are mind readers. This is awesome! Painting my dining room and here you are with just the answer I need. Ordered tonight and can’t wait to receive my sample! LOVING this new site!!

    • Liza (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you so much for taking a moment to comment Diane! I’m really glad you were able to get the info you needed! 🙂

  5. Looking4barstools

    Any idea where the bar stools are from in the kitchen picture number 4 (paint color pure white)?

  6. ashley

    Love Revere Pewter! Painted my dining room this color!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh yes! That’s a good one, Ashley!

  7. Jen

    In the very first pic, what is the darker color the wall is already painted?

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Hi Jen! I believe that one is – Willow Creek 1468 | Benjamin Moore. Hope that helps!

  8. hbh

    I would love to know where the artwork in the last picture is from?

    • Chelsey (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey HBH! That is the Opalhouse Canvas from Target!

  9. Kimberly

    I used Revere Pewter in my entire downstairs except 2 of the bedrooms are painted Sea Salt. I’m still happy with my choices after 6 years! Everyone comments on the Revere Pewter color. It looks good all day and so easy to choose decor!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh cool! SO awesome the colors still look so good after 6 years! Thanks for the feedback!

  10. Emily

    The white that I use in my house is “Maui Mist” from Behr. It’s got just a touch of bluish purple making it feel fresh and bright! Since my house has 1970’s indirect lighting, the light paint color helps offset the feeling that my house is dark!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Sounds like a great white color! Thanks for the tip, Emily! I have also noticed that paint color can help in darker spaces!

  11. just me

    I did my whole house in Lazy Gray by Sherwin Williams. I did my kitchen cabinets in Snowbound by SW as well. The cool gray with the whites get a lot of compliments. I did the sea salt in my laundry room and Love it! I had the Sherwin Williams professional come and help me pick the colors. She threw out Steely Gray also for some accent walls and bathrooms. I live in the desert and love having cooler colors for my interior. The house feels beachy on the inside and terra cotta-ish on the outside ha ha!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      SWEET! I love your color choices! Grays are my favorite! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Kay

    Love, love, love this new site. I have such a difficult time with decorating and choosing colors. I have been trying to choose carpet and counter tops for over a year. I’m going to be watching this website daily.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Aww, thanks for the sweet comment, Kay! Glad to hear you are loving the new site! 🥰

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