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Top 10 Neutral Behr Paint Colors

As a paint professional, you know that some jobs go more smoothly than others. Sometimes, clients are ready to go — colors in hand, knowing exactly what they want and where. And sometimes, they are overwhelmed by color choices with only a vague notion of what they want. 

 

Sure, every job has its up and downs, but the latter scenario is ripe for delays, as well as frustration on both sides. While it’s not your job to pick colors for them, paint is your profession, and this should be a positive experience for the both of you (translation: glowing referrals). Help them discover their perfect color, and everybody wins! 

 

Ask… and Listen 

 

While clients may have a style or theme in mind… some may not. To kick things off, schedule an in-person or virtual meeting to understand their vision. While looking through fan decks, here are some questions you may want to ask: 

 

  • What is the area’s purpose?  
  • What fixtures or décor elements in the room will stay and require a coordinating color – furniture, cabinetry, tile, countertops, window treatments, etc.? 
  • What kind of “look” or style do you envision for the space? Elegant? Casual? Traditional? Modern? 
  • How do you want the room to “feel”? Calm? Energizing? Creative? Relaxing? Fun?  
  • Do you have children? Grandchildren? Furry friends? 
  • What inspires you? Is there a room in your home you love? What about items such as art, heirlooms or other treasured items, fabrics, or photos?  

 

At the end of the meeting, perhaps suggest that your client stop by The Home Depot® and pick up color cards/chips of hues that resonate with them. Advise them to sit with the chips for a few days and view them under different lighting conditions to see the colors at all times of the day. For example, the color undertone (yellow, blue, green, pink, brown, etc.) of whites and neutrals can be easily discovered by placing them on a piece of white paper.  

 

Narrow the Field 

 

Once you’ve helped your client go through their top selections as well as review color cards, it’s time to pick the final colors to sample! Don’t be surprised if your clients bring in a whole new box full of color chips. Choosing the right color is a process, and they may depend on your expertise. Plus, you may find that taking extra time to guide them through choosing paint color pays off in great returns and referrals.  

 

If your clients need some inspiration, show them Behr Paint Company’s Top 10 Neutrals! 

 

ANTIQUE WHITE 23 

Soft, timeless and versatile, Antique White emanates a nostalgic feel.  

 

Antique White was born to adorn kitchen and dining room walls, as its warmth perfectly counterbalances pure white accents. Perhaps your clients want to integrate other colors in living rooms, bedrooms, or baths. If so, Antique White works beautifully with dusty purple, green and blue tones, as well as mid-tans and dark browns.  

 

OFF WHITE 73 

With hints of yellow, Off White is often paired with pure whites, grays, or browns — all of which can be used just about anywhere. That said, this hue loves subdued accent colors — from light pink, peach and purple; to mid-olive and plum; to dark blue, teal, and earthy red. Stick to traditional hues for dining rooms and kitchens but go ahead and bring on the colors elsewhere, via accent walls, furnishings, throw pillows, artwork, rugs, linens, and more — with Off White as the connective thread that ties it all together. 

 

NAVAJO WHITE  

The go-to of go-to neutrals, Navajo White is a warm, classic, hue that works best with traditional styles — inside and out.

  

This silky hue pops when coupled with bright whites but also pairs well with earthy browns, rust reds, and blues. Consider suggesting this for an office, bonus room, or kitchen.  

 

Navajo White’s natural companion colors include Lunaria, Spun Wool, and Antique White, which — when combined with dark-brown and wood decor — gives living and dining rooms an elegant feel. 

 

LINEN WHITE 70

Warm and welcoming, Linen White is a blank slate, ready to be transformed into a work of art with colorful accents, furnishings, and décor.  

 

Whether your clients lean toward subdued elegance, casual comfort, or free-spirited creativity, White Linen abides. In fact, its versatility pretty much gives total freedom when it comes to pairing. Let your clients play with colors — grays and beiges; or dusky light blues lilacs and tans; or black for sophistication; or even go bold with deep yellows, pinks, purples, and blues! 

 

DOVE HDC-MD-21 

A warm greige that almost appears like a soothing gray, Dove radiates a peaceful and gentle mood that lifts the spirit. Highly versatile, this hue walks the middle ground between warm and cool, which means it works just about anywhere with gorgeous results.  

 

Living and dining rooms, as well as kitchens, are the perfect candidates for combining Dove with an accent wall. Dove features light undertones of orange and red — so it partners well with warmer accents, such as purples, pinks, yellows, or deeper red hues. Bottom line: Your client can’t go wrong with this gem of a neutral. 

 

COTTAGE WHITE 13 

Cottage White, a soft and creamy tone kissed by unmistakable honey-gold notes, emanates a gentle warmth, as well as a sense of peace, anywhere it’s used.  

 

In a master or guest bedroom, its subtle undercurrents bring out the allure and timelessness of pristinely white linens. Cottage White is the ideal neutral for those looking for a robust off-white to contrast with pure white accents, creating a sophisticated ambiance in living and dining rooms. It also pairs well with colors ranging from pale dusty purple to dramatic, dark teal. Cottage White is neither too cool nor too warm, providing traditional and modern exteriors an appealing and inviting look. 

 

WHITE VEIL OR-W14 

White Veil is a dreamy white inspired by the lace of a vintage wedding gown touched with notes of gold. 

 

This amiable hue boasts a hint of beige and is a great color for a family room or bedroom, as it is both airy and grounded. In fact, because of its neutrality, White Veil pairs well with nearly any décor and furniture. It’s ideal for people who want a light, bright dining or living room, without having to go with a stark tone. White Veil has only the faintest hints of orange and red, making it upbeat and youthful – yet it needs a strong accent color to bring out those gorgeous undertones. 

 

SPANISH SAND OR-W07 

A rich beige highlighted by hints of warm, light to mid-brown and understated gray undertones, Spanish Sand is an impressive, soft greige that can transform a home’s exterior with its range of subtle tones.  

 

Inside, suggest using Spanish Sand on the kitchen cabinets and — depending on your client’s style — pairing it with a complementary color such as a pale peach, dusty yellow-green, or deep brown… or how about stirring up some drama by putting this neutral on the bathroom walls, accented by dark gray or muted teal. 

 

CRISP LINEN MQ3-13 

Inspired by nature, Crisp Linen is a true beige that’s warm and balanced yet clean and fresh, like laundry after it’s dried in the sunshine. 

 

Crisp Linen pairs well with other neutrals, as well as subtle, light- to mid-tone pinks, greens, blues, and purples. For a casual, organic vibe, infuse color via accent walls in the home’s social space, including kitchens and living/family rooms. If a more traditional look is in order, pair Crisp Linen with grays and pure whites, as well as with dark wood furniture and décor. 

 

EVEN BETTER BEIGE DC-010 *

Give your neutral game a boost with Even Better Beige — a versatile neutral that imparts a warm, distinctive feeling wherever it’s used. A true beige with yellow undertones, Even Better Beige not only works well with other neutrals — but colors ranging from orange-golds and earthy yellows to mid-tone greens and blues, and dark browns. 

 

In the living room, this hue serves as a flawless backdrop that allows architectural elements, such as a fireplace, exposed beams, and board-and-batten paneling, to really shine. And depending on your client’s style, kitchens and dining rooms can be anything from elegantly monochromatic to imaginatively multihued.  

 

Comparable to Sherwin Williams’ Accessible Beige*

 

Custom Color Matching 

 

Does your client have a specific color in mind? Bring their inspiration to The Home Depot® — a sample of the color that’s about 1″ x 1″ in size: a paint chip from a surface, a piece of fabric, a competitor’s paint swatch or even leftover paint — and we’ll match it. The color your client wants is the color they’ll get. 

 

One-Coat Hide 

 

Both BEHR DYNASTY® Interior Paints and BEHR MARQUEE® Interior & Exterior Paints guaranteed* one-coat when tinted to colors from the One-Coat Hide Color Collection. Check out all the neutral colors that are one-coat. 

 

*Limitations apply. For more information, visit Behr.com/onecoathide
Denotes One-Coat Hide when tinted into BEHR DYNASTY® INTERIOR & MARQUEE® Interior Paint.
Denotes One-Coat Hide when tinted into BEHR DYNASTY® INTERIOR & MARQUEE® INTERIOR or EXTERIOR Paint.

 

*Behr Paint’s comparable color to Sherwin-Williams color names, which are names of its respective owners, are being used for identification purposes only. BEHR® Paint has created a comparable color using industry-standard technology. 
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32 responses to “Top 10 Neutral Behr Paint Colors”

  1. Angela says:

    I’m getting ready to paint the interior of my home. I have narrow the colour to cream. Could you provide names of cream paint colours without yellow and green undertones.

    Thank you.

  2. Gerry says:

    I will be painting my living room and hallway and possibly dining room and am considering Even Better Beige.
    The only furniture staying in the room is the sofa, which I would describe as a muted pistachio green. The rooms have a western exposure, can this color work for me.

    • Riley Shear says:

      Hi Gerry,

      Yes, Even Better Beige DC-010 would be an excellent choice for your living room and hallways as it is a versatile color that can work well with a variety of décor styles and furnishings. It acts as a neutral backdrop, allowing you to mix with different colors without clashing.

      Kindly,
      The BEHR PRO Team

  3. Annette says:

    Hi.

    Painted most of interior walls BLANK CANVAS. Flooring is beige porcelain tile with slight peach undertone. Looking for a dark blue for the foyer ceiling…cathedral. Receives lots of natural light throught the day. Any suggestions would help.

  4. Jessica says:

    Hi Team!
    We have recently moved and our home has the yellow brick. Can you point me in the direction of a neutral (not white-ish) color that would possibly look good or even a Taupe to paint the interior of our carport and garage.

  5. Amy says:

    What is your most popular white? I am finishing a house to sell. I have white cabinets, white trim, white wall tile and aged honey oak floors. What would be your suggestion for a neutral paint color. Thank you

  6. Patty B. says:

    My walls are Swiss Coffee and I would like a darker neutral white coordinating white to contrast for trim and baseboard. Any suggestions?

  7. Ellen Krisolofsky says:

    My dining room is west facing with a chair rail and one wall that continues into the living room (no chair rail in living room). Planning on Urban Legend below the chair rail and Warm Marshmellow on top and on the one living room wall. Color guide suggests Swiss Coffee but I want something warmer with a touch of yellow. Then the other 3 living room walls in Riviera Beach or Casual Khaki. Floors are hardwood and neutral furniture. What do you think? Option :There is a marble top table in the living room so I was looking at 3 walls of Mink Haze to pull that in. ?? Thank you.

    • Riley Shear says:

      Hi Ellen,

      Your color choices sound lovely, and it seems like you have a good sense of how you want to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your dining and living rooms. Let’s break down your color choices and consider how they might work together:

      BEHR’s Urban Legend N100-6 is a deep and rich color choice. This can create a cozy and intimate feel in your dining room. Since it’s below the chair rail, it won’t overwhelm the space.

      Warm Marshmallow HDC-NT-11A is a nice choice for above the chair rail. Just keep in mind that there will be a lot of contrast if used next to Urban Legend. You might want to consider a slightly darker shade to make a smoother transition from one color to the other. Consider using one of the following instead: Even Better Beige DC-011 or Sand Pearl PPU7-18.

      As for the other three living room walls, we think either Riviera Beach PPU7-07 or Casual Khaki N300-3 will work best.

      If you need additional advice on paint color selection, consider scheduling a free virtual color consultation with one of our Behr experts: https://colorconsult.behr.com/
       
      Kindly,
      The BEHR PRO Team

  8. Susan says:

    Is there another paint like Dove that is lighter colored for my cabinets.

  9. Grace Yang says:

    Greetings,

    I am going to paint my south facing two story foyer. I am considering Even Better Beige for walls with Blank Canvas as the trim color. Would these two work well together? Also there are section of the walls that are uneven. These walls may need a darker color. Would you please recommend some brown colors that would work well next to the Even Better Beige?

    Thanks,
    Grace

  10. Erick says:

    Hello, I painted my bright white 10 x 10 bedroom room to cotton knit (flat) which gave a warm, cozy, modern and inviting feel. I am looking for a complimentary darker color (in the grey to charcoal family) for an accent wall and a nice complimentary white for the baseboards. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  11. Ana says:

    I have to paint a north, facing bedroom and living room , I was thinking kind of Dove or White veil… north, facing dove what do you recommend?

    • Riley Shear says:

      Hi Ana,

      North facing rooms generally receive cooler, less direct sunlight. Therefore, you might want to consider choosing a white with warm undertones. White Veil OR-W14 is a warm White with a slight yellow undertone. Other good options to consider include Swiss Coffee 12 or an even warmer light tone like Linen White 70 to counterbalance the cooler light and create a cozy aesthetic.

      Kindly,
      The BEHR PRO Team

  12. Jemima says:

    I’m painting my whole apartment Boreal by Behr and I’m trying to determine what colour I should paint my bathroom. My bathtub surround has a soft Calcutta Marble look and my floor is this ivory natural stone look. What paint colour will look best to tie it all in – I want to make sure the undertones match.

    • Riley Shear says:

      Hi Jemima,

      We are glad you like Boreal as much as we do! Boreal is a deep green gray that is equally awe-inspiring and calming. It sounds like you might need a warm tone with enough weight to tie everything together. Consider choosing one of the following colors: Grey Envelope DC-011 or Vintage Pewter DC-009.

      Kindly,
      The BEHR PRO Team

  13. J. Wagner says:

    Your descriptions here were very helpful, as to what types of colors each of these neutrals would go with. The photos of the paint brush above the open can of paint also were helpful. But to take this one step further, in the spirit of a picture painting a thousand words, to the right of the paint brush and can, why not include small squares of 4-5 colors you say would go with each of these well? THIS WOULD MAKE IT EASIER TO ENVISION, AND TO SELL TO THE SHOPPER’S SIGNIFICANT OTHER !

    • Riley Shear says:

      Hi there,

      Thank you for your message! We’re glad you found the content helpful. If you click on a paint color on the behrpro.com ColorSmart tool, every color includes similar and coordinating colors to view.

      Kindly,
      The BEHR PRO Team

  14. Ann says:

    Hello! Could you please indicate which two colors are in the first image of this article? Loving the darker color on the bottom and we’ve painted most walls with Spanish Sand, thinking to do something similar to that color in the first photo in this article for trim, etc. thank you!

  15. Lisa Burns says:

    Does studio clay have a yellow tone

    • Riley Shear says:

      Hi Lisa,

      Studio Clay MQ2-27 has more of a warm peachy tan undertone. We recommend buying an 8oz sample so you can test this color on your walls to see how you like it at different times of the day.

      Kindly,
      The BEHR PRO Team

  16. Lisa says:

    Hello, my kitchen has a ton of southwest facing light. Cabinets will be a dark olive green with white counters. Is there an off white you would suggest for the walls? Thanks.

    • Riley Shear says:

      Hi Lisa,

      We recommend the paint color Cotton Knit PPU7-11 for your kitchen. This off-white color will keep your kitchen light and bright while complementing your cabinets and counters.

      Kindly,
      The BEHR PRO Team

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