Paint Post- Whites & Neutrals

I heard somewhere that the human eye can perceive an average of 5 million colors... or something equally insane. It's no wonder paint decks are so huge. And for most people- extremely intimidating!

 So, let's just start with the most important part: Neutrals

You will find that most of these are Benjamin Moore colors. I hate to show favoritism but... I can't help it. I love their neutrals.

Disclaimer: I cannot guarantee that any of these colors will go perfectly in your home. These are just ones I continue to go back to. I use 3-5 paint decks in almost every paint consultation and still recommend putting up sample boards. 

One more thing: The 'swatches' below are not a perfect representation of the actual paint color. I hesitated to include them but thought a wordy Monday post would be too boring for yall me to handle. So here goes...

Grand teton white 
 Benjamin Moore- Grand Teton White AC-42- a great all-over neutral. Not too dark, not too light. 

White dove
 Benjamin Moore- White Dove OC-17- my personal 'go to' trim color. I don't like to use stark white. This one is easy on the eyes and easy to work with.

Dove Wing OC-18 is a good one too. 

Sherwin William's Dover White SW6385- A fresh white with a tiny hint of cream in it. Very pretty on cabinets.

Manchester tan
 Manchester Tan HC-81- one of my favorite neutrals. Has more 'grey' in it than 'cream' but is soothing and you'll never get tired of it. In fact, in my opinion you can't go wrong with any of the neutrals on that entire sleeve. One of them being:

Grant beige
 Grant Beige HC-83- always a winner if you're looking for a neutral grey. Tapestry Beige OC-32 is a good one as well. These colors look great with blues and greens.

 Pittsburgh Paints PPG (the new porter)- Morocco Sand 515-3- a pretty cream; great for large rooms

Sherwin William's Softer Tan SW6141- a pretty creamy beige. And one step darker:

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 Sherwin William's Macadamia SW6142- a warm and cozy neutral; sometimes I describe it as 'buttery' but then I kick myself for sounding like I'm describing a chardonnay. Great for bedrooms or dens. 

Abingdon putty  

Two good neutrals with a little green undertone: Benjamin Moore's Carrington Beige HC-93 or Abingdon Putty HC-99 (pictured above) 

PPG's Antique White 516-2 - another great neutral with a hint of grey, tiiiny hint of green. Looks awesome with sagey greens.

Ok, those are just a few of my faves. Next time I'll share my foolproof blues and greens!

For a helpful online paint matching tool click HERE. (Or you can find it below this post.)

Are there any neutral paint colors you have used and loved? If so, please share!