The Best Neutral Colors for Every Room in Your Home

White paint can create the most versatile canvas for any room in your home. But there are other neutral colors that can work just as well.
In fact, there’s a veritable rainbow of muted and moody shades that play well with other colors and recede into the background whether they’re in the living roombedroom, or elsewhere. You’ll know you’ve found the perfect neutral hue if it lets the other details in your room — the decorative lightingfurniture, and wall art — shine.

Here are our favorite neutral colors to consider for your next paint job.

1. Neutral Colors for the Bedroom

Moody Gray

moody gray neutral colors in bedroom with shiplap and pendant light
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Gray paint can create a wonderfully cozy effect that’s perfect for the bedroom. In this San Antonio, TX, guest room, which was renovated for under $200, the gray paint draws attention to the shiplap for a chic farmhouse feel. It also plays well with the rose gold bed frame.

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Soft Cream

cream neutral colors in bedroom with black nightstand and dresser
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Neutrals reign in this bedroom designed by Collecting Home. But there’s nothing boring about the space. The cream-colored feature wall has DIY paneling that anyone who’s a little handy can attempt. And the dark dresser and nightstand give the zen space some contrast.

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2. Neutral Colors for the Bathroom

Charcoal

charcoal neutral colors on accent wall in white bathroom
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The DIY accent wall in this gray bathroom cost just $20. And we love how it adds tons of visual interest on a budget. It’s the paint color, though, that allows the other bathroom details, like the crisp white cabinets and striking light fixture, to stand out.

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Dusty Rose

dusty rose neutral colors in bathroom with penny floor tile
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Pink bathrooms don’t always feel neutral, that’s for sure. But if you go for a dusty rose shade instead of a Pepto Bismal one, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Calamine, by Farrow & Ball, is perfect because it has hints of gray. In this bathroom, the color plays beautifully with the vintage elements and penny tile.

3. Neutral Colors for the Kitchen

Light Blue

Light blue neutral colors in kitchen with wood floor
Image Credit: Kelling Designs

Stark white kitchens can feel, well, stark. So in minimalist kitchens that don’t have many unnecessary accents, you can use color to create visual interest. Here, the London-based Kelling Designs firm uses a bluish-gray neutral paint to make the kitchen cabinets stand out.

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4. Neutral Colors for the Living Room

Greige

griege neutral colors in living room with gallery wall
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Greige is one of the best colors to use in a neutral living room. It’s subtle, and it makes all kinds of wall art-pop. And in an especially large or modern living room, a greige hue can create warmth and a calming effect.

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Rich Black

black neutral colors in living room with gray couch and green accent chair
Image Credit: Jacqueline Marque for Hunker

Neutrals don’t have to be super light. They can swing the other way with a lot of success. Just take this uber-charming New Orleans Airbnb for example. The rich black living room creates a neutral backdrop for decorative storage and is a dramatic departure from the rest of the house’s pale walls.

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5. Neutral Colors for the Dining Room

Crisp White

white neutral colors in dining room with exposed beams and bamboo roman shades
Image Credit: Amy Bartlam Photography for Kate Lester Interiors

Simply White is one of designer Kate Lester’s favorite shades of white paint. And she used the shade throughout this Spanish-style home in Southern California. “This fresh coat of white is timeless and bright while still allowing the details to shine through and without sacrificing any wow-factor,” Lester shared. “It is the perfect blank canvas for a minimalist space with some accent details.”

Understated Stone

soft gray neutral colors in dining room with fireplace and white mantel
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A stone gray color will feel elegant and refined in any dining room. We especially like Farrow & Ball’s Purbeck Stone because it’s not too warm and not too cool. The shade offers an understated backdrop for this refined, almost minimalist eating space.

6. Neutral Colors for a Child’s Room

Sweet Sage

Sage green neutral colors in nursery with linen curtains
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A gentle green color like this one works in nurseries, kids’ rooms, teen spaces, and even adult bedrooms. That’s because this particular shade of sage is both sophisticated and gender-neutral.

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Soft Pink

soft pink neutral colors in girl's bedroom with small white table
Image Credit: Kelling Designs

This room is definitely well-suited for a little girl, but it can transition into a more mature space as well. The soft pink will work as a warm neutral color. All you need to do is swap out the flowers and butterflies and keep the storage space as the year’s progress.

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