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The New Neutrals: 9 Colors You Can Trust for Today’s Home

Beiges, whites, and taupes will always have their place in home decor, but more recently, a spectrum of less-expected hues have been drafted for use as neutral wall colors. These paint choices manage to provide an understated backdrop for a room while adding more than a hint of style. Ready to venture beyond biscuit? Here are 9 colors to consider.

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A Whisper of Pink

Farrow and Ball’s Pink Ground, glowing like the inside of a seashell, is flattering to skin tones and art work, and looks quietly fresh in a living room.

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Southwestern Classic

Zillow Digs home in Seattle, WA

The pale reddish-brown color of adobe walls is the original American neutral, employed for centuries in homes in the Southwest. A useful updated version is Valspar’s La Fonda Midora.

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Finest Silver

Zillow Digs home in Long Beach, CA

Benjamin Moore’s Perspective is an very light fog-gray, with just a shimmer of silver. It provides a muted, elegant backdrop for upholstered furnishings and colorful rugs.

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Garden Fresh

Zillow Digs home in Chicago, IL

For a breath of spring, consider using a cool, pale green as a neutral. Behr’s Parsnip suggests the color of light reflected off of grass and leaves and would be a soothing choice for a bedroom.

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Ocean Light

Zillow Digs home in Santa Barbara, CA

A hint of azure, as in Ralph Lauren’s Ephemera, brings with it a feeling of open sea and sky, and looks wonderfully calming with bright colors or whites.

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Graceful Gray

Zillow Digs home in Vero Beach, FL

The newest neutral might just be a charcoal such as Sherwin Williams’ Cityscape. Poised between black and white, it’s both on-trend and timeless.

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Dusky Violet

With its look of English heather on a misty day, Farrow & Ball’s Brassica is another darker shade that works beautifully as a backdrop for paintings and fabric.

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The Softest Moss

Zillow Digs home in San Francisco, CA

Bringing nature indoors, a hushed olive green mixed with a touch of gray, such as Juniper Breeze by Valspar, is pretty and welcoming in an entryway while relaxing enough for a bedroom.

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Warm Straw

Zillow Digs home in Orinda, CA

A soft gold, Benjamin Moore’s Barley evokes sunshine and baking bread, and offers a lively—but still neutral—upgrade from beige.

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