Neutral Paint Colours
Neutral paints are the perfect choice when creating the foundation for a warm, stylish, and luxurious home. Neutrals may appear to lack in colour, but they’re anything but ‘dull’. In fact, they lead the way when it comes to bringing a trendy yet timeless style to a room while creating depth, and thanks to the many different shades available the decorating options are boundless. The beauty of neutral paint is that it can be a blank canvas, giving you the creative freedom to accessorise with different patterns, textures, and finishes. And whatever shades you decide on, the soothing tones will offer a serene atmosphere that encourages you to relax and wind down.
When incorporated into interiors, neutral tones are said to represent structure, support, and stability, bringing a restful environment in which we can unwind and regroup our thoughts and feelings. After a decade of cooler tones dominating the interior design world, the demand for nostalgic neutrals has spiked in 2021. It’s a palette to encourage mindfulness and relaxation in an otherwise tumultuous time, and so our guide to neutrals is ready to help you hunt for the right paint colours for your home. Get ready to bring a natural feeling of calm to your home with our expansive range.
Our favourite neutral paints for 2022
Recommended neutral wall paints
Explore our collection of neutral wall and ceiling paints. We offer an exceptional range of paints in many shades and finishes, helping you to create your perfect home. You'll also find wall paint that's designed for specific interior purposes and rooms, including durable kitchen paint, bathroom paint that's moisture, steam and mould resistant, and even tile paint for an instant room refresh.
How to pick the right neutral shade for your home
Turn your home into a slice of serenity by opting for neutral tones. Whether you choose just one colour or go for several shades, our neutral shade guide will help you go in the right direction. You can combine almost any neutral tones although often it’s best to stick to either cool or warm shades so that they work in harmony.
When it comes to stripped back neutral interior style, Scandinavia and Japan do it brilliantly, and their styles meld perfectly together to create Japandi style – the best of both approaches with a muted, natural palette, perfect for an elegant, minimalist, yet inviting style. Think beige, taupe, oatmeal and stone shades paired with natural fibres and sustainable materials.
Neutral doesn’t have to be limited to subdued tones. Standout shades of navy, dark greys, and warming browns with red undertones can equally leave a homely impression while remaining classic enough to span a lifetime.
Beige: Anything but boring, beige is a warm and refined colour. It's bright, sandy, and warm. Beige is the epitome of elegance and class, evoking feelings of sophistication
Ivory: Often associated with elegance, luxury, and a calming effect. Encouraging, with a touch of finesse.
Tan: A classic and timeless tone. It has the earthy stability that many members of the brown family have. Simple, uncomplicated, and natural.
Dark Brown: Down-to-earth and conventional. A friendly and approachable colour that exudes sincerity, honesty, and genuineness.
Off-white: The softer, gentler cousin of white paint, radiating more warmth compared to the cooler tones of pure white. Discover inspiring ways to decorate with off-white paint here.
Cool neutral paint shades
Cool neutrals tend to have undertones of blue and green, and help rooms to feel larger and more spacious while maintaining a sense of calm and softness. They are particularly ideal in rooms that already receive a lot of natural light as they emphasise the feeling of freshness and openness. For an open, airy vibe, consider shades such as PIAZZA Y487 and DAMASK F485.
Warm neutral paint shades
The beauty of warm neutrals are their adaptability and ability to suit almost any room, no matter the size of the space, and the light it receives. When it comes to choosing the right neutral shade for your home, you can't go wrong with beige or tan based hues which are warm shades that still give plenty of light. Neutrals with pink undertones such as MULBERRY H484 are also a popular choice as they go well with greys and whites. For a room that feels snug and cosy, consider a warm neutral colour with undertones of yellow, red or orange. Try ANGORA H466 and TIKKURILA BEIGE.
Neutral bathroom inspiration
Bring the spa to your home with a bathroom dressed in neutral shades. Honey-hued shade like PARCHMENT F466 offers up a restroom oasis whilst keeping warmth. Add natural effects such as driftwood and woven baskets to bring in texture.
For a fresh, calming space that feels opened up, go for a cool shade SHAWL Y467 and bring in white accents and a warm wooden floor to offset the coolness. Reinvigorate your home with a springlike effect using fresh and soothing shades like ACROPOLIS F458 and HALO F462. Layer different tones and add subtle green accents, wood and green foliage to create a restful room.
But neutral doesn’t have to just mean light and bright. Try saturated, rich shades such as GRANULITE K484 and DESERT V463 which when paired with dark wood tones and slate will create a cocooning feel perfect to relax in.
Recommended neutral bathroom paints
Neutral kitchen inspiration
The beauty of a neutral kitchen is that it can be adapted to any style, from contemporary to traditional to Scandinavian or Japandi. And for a kitchen that will never go out of style, a neutral palette is the way to go.
If you prefer a wall colour in just one shade but aren’t sure which tone you prefer, have a look at our greige shades PIAZZA Y487 and MEDIAN X486. The earthy combination brings in warmth and softness from the beige while the grey adds a cool sophistication and elegance.
Struggling to choose between two colours? Why not keep both and create a two-tonal kitchen for a comfortably classic aesthetic. Opt for two shades that have similar tones, i.e. either warm or cool and create an inviting kitchen to relax and socialise in. Keep the kitchen furniture in natural tones or choose accessories in an eye-catching splash of pale colour.
Painting kitchen cupboards but don't know where to start? Follow our 7-Step Guide to Painting Your Kitchen Cupboards for advice, tips and product suggestions.
Recommended neutral kitchen paints
Neutral living room inspiration
A chic living room with a touch of elegance is easily achieved with neutral hues. Cover the walls with a rich, warm neutral shade, and set it off by white or creamy painted woodwork. Choose dark wooden floors with natural woven rugs, and bring in a gold touch with room accessories. The warm, off-white tone of TIKKURILA BEIGE is our go-to for creating a sophisticated retreat from the hustle of the outside world. An extremely versatile tone that will make any room of your home look ultra-luxurious.
Light, neutral colours are reflective and will make the most of the natural light to make any room feel brighter and airier. Layer up the textures in the upholstery such as cord, wicker, cotton, and canvas for added interest.
Or check out ANGORA H466 for more cosy hues to envelope the room in, and throw in cushions and furniture in muted colours that don't distract from the overall look. Neutrals with undertones such as pink serve to create warmth, ideal for creating a space to curl up in and enjoy.
For a balanced colour scheme, you can even forget the rule book and mix cool neutrals with warmer shades. Try DAMASK F485 with DRIFTWOOD V484 and even add in deep colours like navy blue for a sophisticated touch that creates added depth.
Recommended neutral living room paints
Neutral bedroom inspiration
When creating a cosy, relaxing bedroom space that exudes timeless style, neutral shades are the way to go. Try creamy browns and soft beiges for an uncomplicated, minimalist style that’s bound to send you off to dreamland. Focus on creating diversity in textures and tones, and mix in woods, metal finishes, and textiles to create harmony and depth. Add furniture in natural colours with soft furnishings in different textures for a truly zen-like space.
Warm neutral paint shades with orange or red based undertones like MULBERRY H484 and ANGORA H466 can create a welcoming, bohemian style oasis of a bedroom, which lends itself to being accessorised with natural-based furniture, and soft furnishings in different textures for a truly zen-like space.
If you like a fresh, open space, try cool neutral shades like MIRAGE G481. Add rustic finishing touches such as wicker and wood accessories, along with rugs and curtains in different neutral tones to let each piece stand out and maintain a sense of calm. A large mirror will draw out the space making your bedroom feel even more spacious. Add a pop of colour with subtle options like sage green or peach pink which will be enhanced by the neutral colours.
Recommended neutral bedroom paints
We have a range of exterior paints, wood stains, protectors and treatments for your outside walls, garden fences, furniture, sheds and decking. Durable and resistant to water damage, our exterior paints offer high protection from constant exposure to the elements, so get ready to give your garden an eye-catching splash of blue.
For natural-looking garden fencing, furniture, and sheds, neutral shades are the way to go, giving your garden a sophisticated edge while flattering the greenery and letting that do most of the talking. Check out our exterior neutral paint range here.
Why not go tonal by using more than one shade, helping to create depth and give your garden the appearance of being bigger. Pick a light blue shade and highlight it with a dark blue shade.
Our range of anti-slip decking and patio paints, stains and treatments are specifically formulated to give you a protective, long-lasting finish. Available in a variety of finishes, our range of outdoor paints help you maintain the natural beauty of your wooden patio and decking.
We recommend always buying a sample pot in your chosen shades and paint swatches on the wall to see how the shade works in the light throughout the day.