Dark paint may be the latest ‘trend’, but neutral walls in your home will ALWAYS be a timeless classic. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect neutral, you’ll find it below in my curated list of 8 popular Sherwin Williams neutral paint colors.
In this post, I’ll share my top neutral paint choices, as well as why it is CRUCIAL that you sample the colors in your own home before making a final decision.
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8 POPULAR SHERWIN WILLIAMS NEUTRAL PAINT COLORS
Neutral paint colors include beiges, greys, tans, whites, and other light colors. In addition to the list below, you can find more neutral options in 10 White Paint Colors that Designers Love.
ACCESSIBLE BEIGE (SW 7036)
I have Accessible Beige throughout the main living area of my home. I love it! It can look a tinge on the mauve side in certain lighting, but overall it is a very smooth and calming paint color.
REPOSE GRAY (SW 7015)
Repose Gray is a VERY popular color among designers and homeowners in general.
AGREEABLE GRAY (SW 7029)
Agreeable Gray is a soft gray and lends more to the ‘greige’ family than a true gray.
ALPACA (SW 7022)
We painted our basement a custom color, but it is almost identical to Alpaca. It’s very crisp and has a true soft grey look to it. I love it!
BALANCED BEIGE (SW 7037)
Balanced Beige is a fairly dark neutral and lends more toward a taupe than a true beige.
LIGHT FRENCH GRAY (SW 0055)
Light French Gray is a true gray. It looks gorgeous paired with subtle white trim work.
ALABASTER (SW 7008)
Alabaster is a soft, creamy white. It is more on the off-white spectrum of the whites.
SNOWBOUND (SW 7004)
Based on the name, you might assume snowbound is a stark white, but it’s actually a very creamy white that almost looks like a faint beige. I think it’s gorg!
WHY IT’S SUPER IMPORTANT TO BUY PAINT SAMPLES
Paint colors can look VERY different in different homes … and even in different lighting within the same home.
Also, even more important, paint colors look very different on a device or in a magazine than they do in real life.
There is a lot of editing that goes into photos on Instagram and Pinterest as well as in magazines. For that reason, the paint color may be an inaccurate image of how it looks in real life.
To ensure that you LOVE the paint color in YOUR home, I highly recommend that you order a sample or two of each of your potential colors.
You can even order several of the same color and stick the samples to your wall to create a very large sample.
My go-to retailer to order inexpensive, no-mess paint samples is Samplize.
I did my own accuracy test to ensure the samples mimic the real paint color. They do!
GET OUT THERE + TEST SOME PAINT COLORS!
I encourage you to do a Pinterest search of your top paint color choices from the list above to narrow down your selections but REMEMBER … paint colors look very different on a device, so MAKE SURE TO ORDER SAMPLES!
Go ahead and order your samples so that you can choose your paint color and get it on the wall sooner rather than later!
In my area (Northern VA) the two top-selling Sherwin Williams colors are Accessible Beige and Agreeable Gray.
However, my personal favorite is Natural Tan, which is the color we recently chose to paint our house.
I bought so many paint samples to paint my great room, foyer and all hallways. Still feel unsure. It is such a costly change, I really need to get it right. I have 16 year old yellow tone Autumn blonde, but not interested in going gray. I have a limestone fireplace in my great room and want my paint to look great next to it. I have warm tone hard wood floors and my trim isn’t a true white. BM 925 is my trim. I’m looking at Natural Tan or Natural Linen. Please help. My great room has eastern morning sun, then western sun in the foyer. Please help.
Hi Vada! I don’t do e-design anymore (i.e. I don’t help with personal design dilemmas). I would recommend that you contact a local designer for even just a one-hour in-home consultation to get help finding the perfect paint color for your home :).