Favorite Neutral Paint Colors of 2021

Advice regarding the best paint colors may be our most frequently asked question in our DM's on social media, and for good reason! After all, the right (or wrong) paint color can make or break a design. Lighting in your specific space and the other elements within a room heavily affect how a color looks on vertical walls and of course you've got to consider the undertones of any color you're considering. All that to say that this list of paint colors should be taken with a grain of salt, and always try samples in your space before committing to a specific color.


Scroll through for my favorite paint colors we've used in real projects from the recent past!


Primary bathroom renovation  by Houston interior design firm Nancy Lane Interiors featuring custom stained bathroom cabinets and warm taupe floor tile in a herringbone pattern.
Design: Nancy Lane Interiors | Photo: French Blue Photography


BENJAMIN MOORE PALE OAK


We used this warm taupey greige in this primary bathroom renovation for repeat clients. It was the perfect compliment to the beautiful stone floor we selected for this serene, spa like retreat.


Interior design studio office  of Houston interior design firm Nancy Lane Interiors.
Design: Nancy Lane Interiors | Photo: Madeline Harper Photography

BENJAMIN MOORE CLASSIC GRAY


A beautiful greige (gray-beige) that leans gray or beige depending on light exposure and other elements in the room. In my studio office, it leans towards a warm gray. I could not love it more.


Boys bedroom featuring a mix of warm woods and antique maps by  by Houston interior design firm Nancy Lane Interiors.
Design: Nancy Lane Interiors | Photo: Madeline Harper Photography

BENJAMIN MOORE PASHMINA


This color is beyond beautiful with wood tone furniture and leather! So yummy! I've used it in both interior and exterior projects and clients have loved it no matter where we've used it.


Transitional contemporary living room  by Houston interior design firm Nancy Lane Interiors featuring client's own collection of cherished artwork.
Design: Nancy Lane Interiors | Photo: French Blue Photography

BENJAMIN MOORE REVERE PEWTER


There's a reason this is the number one Benjamin Moore paint color many years running. Like Benjamin Moore Classic Gray above, it's a great chameleon color that works with both beiges and grays and is a great neutral backdrop color for any type of room. Above we used it as the main interior wall color for a whole house renovation and below in an updated secondary bathroom project.


Modern transitional secondary bathroom project reveal featuring hexagonal floor tiles   by Houston interior design firm Nancy Lane Interiors.
Design: Nancy Lane Interiors | Photo: Madeline Harper Photography



Tween bedroom project in West University, Texas  by Houston interior design firm Nancy Lane Interiors featuring warm greige paint as a backdrop with fun colorful curtains and a leather butterfly lounge chair.
Design: Nancy Lane Interiors | Photo: French Blue Photography

SHERWIN WILLIAMS UNIVERSAL KHAKI


The gray trend is finally over (thank goodness), all white everything is all the rage (as are earth tones) but call me crazy, I like a little color on the wall. Sherwin Williams Universal Khaki is a great color to use in a room where you're using bold colors in your accents like these chartreuse spotted drapery panels. It's a rich color that's perfect for a strong background color and holds its own with its color competitors.


Do these tips help? Remember: When in doubt about the right color or undertones for your own home, hire a professional for expert paint color selection. Feel free to reach via our contact form if you need more guidance with your own design project .


We also covered what paint undertones can do in your space in a previous post - have a look below!


Paint Undertones: What You Need to Know


Happy Wednesday friends - we're halfway to a long holiday weekend! We got this!

JOIN THE CONVO