We’re all tired of the regular white and different shades of tan that we see on the walls of homes everywhere – these colours don’t inject any of your personality into the room. But at the same time, you want a neutral colour because you don’t want to have to paint every time you feel like redecorating. After all, it’s a time-consuming task. Not only that, but maybe you really want your furniture and home accents to speak for themselves. Or maybe you have one of the many other reasons for choosing to paint your rooms a neutral colour; for instance, in case you want to sell your home in a few years and you don’t want to deter any potential buyers with a more unique wall paint colour. So, how do you strike a balance?
Neutral-coloured interior paint doesn’t need to be boring — you just need to think slightly out of the box! For instance, Benjamin Moore has over 100 varieties of white, in every single shade you can possibly imagine. Yes, there are that many varieties; they come not only in different finishes, from matte to gloss, but they are also tinged, in much the same way that a red or green can be tinged lighter or darker.
How about something a little bolder? Grey walls are a personal favourite, but also slightly trickier to pull off. But when the right grey paint is found, the payoff is just fantastic. We do know from experience that this requires looking at many shades to get the right fit. Keep in mind that most shades will appear darker when they get on the walls than they do on the paint chip sample.
And the boldest neutral paint colour? Navy blue. Navy is the new black paint. It looks sophisticated and daring at the same time, and goes with just about everything. We’re predicting that we’ll be seeing more and more navy paint over the next couple years.
Same goes for tans! And browns! And any other neutral shade you can think of! Experimentation is key. Just look at your current possessions and the style of your home, and narrow down what paint colours would be the best fit.
Because of the fine differences in neutral shades, and because paint can go on lighter or darker on walls, it’s recommended that you do a small test patch to make sure you’re happy with the colour. Just paint a small section, and let dry to see how it will look before you do the entire wall.