With our second floor bathroom newly renovated, we needed to pick a paint color to finish the job. With the work guys already in our house, we decided to paint our bedroom, too. But then came the dreaded next step: Picking a paint color we liked. In our hunt, we found three neutral paint colors that I would paint any room in my house. They’re serene and chic but not at all boring. (Keep in mind, these colors look different in every room, so get a sample before you pick one!)
Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak, OC-20 (see above)
After a misfire in the bedroom — a tan with yellow undertones (ew!) — our painter came back to re-paint it the next day with Pale Oak. We love it! The color is the best kind of greige, since it’s tan but not at all pale khaki or even cream. It’s a tad gray, a tad tan and soft and calming. Pale Oak is a super popular color on Pinterest and Houzz, and I think it’s because it blends with all different types of furniture, whether it’s white or rustic woods.
Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl, 2137-60
Another perennial favorite of designers around the country, Gray Owl offers more color than Pale Oak, but it is still very light. (See it above from a spread in House Beautiful.) It has hints of silver and green in bright light, hints of blue in dim light. But it’s the kind of gray that adds greige-like color without being dull or depressing. It’s bright and airy. I really loved it with our rustic wood dresser, but we didn’t end up selecting it because of the blue undertones.
Benjamin Moore’s Titanium, OC-49
A designer friend recommended this one to me awhile back, and we’ve returned to it in various spaces in our home. If you want a very subtle gray, Titanium is for you. It’s the perfect backdrop for bright colorful art, white furniture or even gray-wood or rustic wood furniture.
What’s your favorite neutral paint color?