Interior Designers Share the Neutral Paint Colours That Work in Every Room

Gabrielle Savoie
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Have you ever stood in front of the paint display at the hardware store—trying your best to find the best white paint for your kitchen—only to realise they all look the same to you? To the naked eye, 50 shades of beige can look more or less identical. But to discerning interior designers who spend their days looking at paint swatches, each individual neutral paint colour has different undertones, qualities, and purposes.

Ask any designer which colour they would use on a ceiling, kitchen cabinets, or bedroom walls, and they will have very precise answers to give you. The colour attributes that they look for from one space to the next may be totally different. For the bedroom, they may be looking for a colour that will transition from day to night; but for trims, they may want a colour that will highlight architectural details. To find out once and for all what are the best whites, grays, and beiges, we asked four renowned interior designers—Shea McGee, Robert Passal, Gideon Mendelson, and Jay Jeffers—to share their favourite tried-and-trusted neutral paint colours with us. Order some sample pots—these neutrals are too good to pass up.

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