I don’t think anyone here would disagree with me if I said choosing paint colors is hard. There are just so many options, and they usually look very different on the wall than they do on a little paint chip. Saying you’re “just going to paint it a neutral color” doesn’t make things any easier either…even though it may sound like giving up. Neutrals are hard to choose because their undertones are all over the place and they change so much from house to house, room to room, and even depending on the time of day. A neutral that looks great in you living room might look like the most awful color in existence in you bedroom, and just because you find a color you love in a friend’s house or online doesn’t mean it will look anything like that in your house.
In our current house I went a little crazy with color. I love color after all, the walls have been (or are) saturated greens, blues, oranges, browns, and purples. I’ve found that decorating those rooms can be challenge, and most of the things I put in them tend to be white, tan, or brown. Accessories should be fun, and mine aren’t…becasue all the “fun” is on the wall. So in the new house I am (mostly) taking the color off the walls and going very neutral. I’m actually a little nervous about it, but I think it’s the right direction. After looking at a lifetime worth of inspiration photos on Houzz I narrowed my neutral color choices down to three categories….
2. Light Neutral (but not gray) – I want a really light neutral, nothing too heavy, and not gray. I know gray is all the rage these days, but I just can’t get into it. I like a bit of brown in my neutrals… not enough to scream “builder grade beige”, but enough so that it doesn’t look like cement on my walls. You also have to be careful to stay away from anything with a pink undertone or your going to and up with a house that immediately looks like it needs to be remodeled. Going greige is probably the best bet, and long as it’s still brown enough and doesn’t cross over into gray territory, or an off white is good too….as long as it doesn’t end up looking too white on the walls and still defines the white trim. Basically, I’m neurotic and now you all know it.