go to neutral - down2earth Interior Design - white living room walls painted in Sherwin Williams Greek Villa

Interior Designers’ Go-To Neutral Paint Colors

We’ve been celebrating color in some recent blog posts, seen here and here. But we all know that the perfect partner to any color is a reliable neutral. All designers have one that has proved to be tried and true. If you’ve ever attempted to pick the perfect white without counsel, you know what we mean. The sample looks perfect, then you put it on the walls and suddenly that white looks yellow and it’s back to the paint store. The d2e team has put together a list of our most loved neutrals that always do the trick and we hope it serves as a helpful resource for you!

Amy Cuker, Interior Design Director

Amy Cuker

Interior Design Director

“Ever since I started offering paint consultation services here at down2earth interior design, Greek Villa (SW 7551) by Sherwin Williams has been my go-to neutral because of its warm undertones and remarkable versatility. Whether using it for walls in a matte, satin, or eggshell finish, or painting trim in a semi-gloss finish, Greek Villa effortlessly adapts to its surroundings. With its understated elegance and ability to evoke a feeling of home, Greek Villa by Sherwin Williams stands as a timeless classic in the realm of neutral paint colors. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Heathered Nest wrote a lengthy blog post on why this soft neutral white color just might be the right one for you.”

go to neutral - down2earth Interior Design - living room with Greek Villa by Sherwin Williams colored white walls and green sofa

Photo from Em Henderson

Jillian Moskovitz, Design Consultant

Jillian Moskovitz

Design Consultant

“I love white walls as a backdrop for interesting furniture, rugs, and art. My go-to white is Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore (OC-65). It is crisp, modern and creamy but not yellow. It’s a classic white that looks good with any type of décor or color palette but especially when paired with wood tones. This room designed by Jamie Haller is a favorite.”

go to neutral - down2earth Interior Design - bedroom painted in Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore

Photography by Jenna Ohnemus Peffley

Stephanie Ebner, Design Consultant

Stephanie Ebner

Design Consultant

“Sherwin Williams’ Panda White (SW 6147) is a versatile, warm off-white paint color that adds a touch of sophistication to any space. Its subtle beige undertones create a cozy, inviting atmosphere while maintaining a clean and elegant look. Panda White works beautifully in both traditional and modern interiors and its neutral shade complements a wide range of accent colors and materials.” See an example of an installed kitchen with Panda White cabinets below, plus a living room rendering, using the AI tool MidJourney.

go to neutral - down2earth Interior Design - kitchen cabinets painted in Panda White by Sherwin Williams

Photo from 2 Cabinet Girls

go to neutral - down2earth Interior Design - AI rendering of a living room with walls painted in Panda White by Sherwin Williams

AI rendering created with MidJourney

Avigail Cohen Sorek, Design Consultant

Avigail Cohen Sorek

Design Consultant

“In my opinion, a soft, light gray such as Marilyn’s Dress by Benjamin Moore (2125-60) offers a highly refined and elegant base for a residence. It provides a stylish canvas for displaying art, furnishings, and any type of exquisite collection.”

go to neutral - down2earth Interior Design - bedroom with walls painted in Marilyn's Dress by Benjamin Moore

Photo from Olive & Tate

Tara Kingsley, Operations Manager

Tara Kingsley

Operations Manager

“As D2E’s Operations Manager, I don’t do paint consultations, but a personal experience lead me to my trusty neutral. When remodeling our kitchen, I was trying to find a trim color that matched the soft white cabinets we’d selected. I went through several options, but in the end the winner was White Dove by Benjamin Moore (OC-17). After a few years with a deeper color on the walls, I decided to have them also painted in White Dove and was so happy with the result. It feels fresh but not sterile and never seems to pull unwanted undertones, even as the light changes throughout the day. This shade is the perfect canvas and allows me to swap out accessories in different colors, based on the season. Turns out that House Beautiful agrees! This image from the article illustrates its simple beauty perfectly.

go to neutral - down2earth Interior Design - living room with walls painted White Dove by Benjamin Moore

Photography by Aimee Mazzenga

If you are a fan of Instagram or even YouTube for design inspiration, check out Emma Hill and her husband Simon’s renovation journey in the English countryside. This suggestion might evoke images of a traditional cottage, but you’ll be surprised by their contemporary interpretation, and their utter devotion to the shade ‘Joanna’ by the Little Greene paint company. It’s a great example of how impactful a perfect neutral can be when a single shade is used throughout a home. Especially when that home is more compact in space. As always, we can be reached via our Client Contact Form, should you be interested in doing a paint consultation or have other design aspirations!

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