I'm looking for some neutral shades of paint.
I was wondering if anyone can supply me with the paint brand and chip
number of some nice neutral shades.
It seems I paint a room over and over again looking for the right
color. The color on the chip looks nice, but when I get it on the wall
there is too much red or green, etc... Or it's too light or dark.
If you paint for a living, I'd sure appreciate the brand/chip number of
the neutral paints you use.
It *is* tough to get the neutral you want. Of course it depends on what is
desired in a neutral. (more taupey? more beigy - that is more yellow?) But it
also depends so much on the other things in the room, esp. flooring, and
To the O.P. - I've (personally) been really pleased with Benjamin Moore White
Dove for a very pretty and long-wearing off-white for trim and ceilings and
walls in a room my son wanted white and blue. The Ben Moore Anique White really
is a light beige (toward the yellow side) that worked very well with dark
stained trim in a finished basement.
Get the smallest portions of paint buyable, paint two or three choices in 3x3
foot squares on a prominent wall. Then wait a week. Look in the morning, in
the mid-day, in the evening, and at night with the lighting you most often use.
Walk in and try to sense which one draws the eye in a pleasing way. During the
course of the week. Then you'll be in a better position to know what "lives"
well on the walls.
What I'd like may be nothing what youlike. White is about as neutral as you
can et, but I don't like it. Some off whites and tans can be neutral, but
still not what I like.
If you want to add some warmth, go to rose colors, but if you like it
cooker, blue and green pastels will be what you want.
You can also buy small test sizes at Benjamin Moore stores.
No it's not a weird question.
There are shades that interior painters for upscale new construction, model
homes, and homes being 'staged' for sale (by a pro after a death, for example)
turn to that are 'safe' in that they don't go too much to one or other side of
the color wheel and have wide appeal.
I'm not in those trades, but I know the answer he's looking for exists.
For example, I chose for a bathroom vanity counter a subtly textured neutral
formica. Because I wanted it. This was in the showroom of an outfit that
proobably does the most contractor supplies in the area. The sales person
commented that I had chosen the particular color and pattern used very often by
new construction. For its wide appeal and good neutral.
Something like that (in a paint color, of course), is most probably what the
O.P. is looking for.
I wonder how often it is chosen for aftermarket. Bold colors can have
limited appeal and even if I like something today, I may tire of it in a
couple of years. Coppertone or Harvest Gold appliances for example. I tend
to stay with more neutral colors and designs for long term expensive items,
but I'm not afraid to be bold and difference for easily changed things like
painting a room. Siding or countertops can cost thousands of $ to change,
while a room can be freshened up for $50.
Sorry, but that is why them make all those colors. What looks best sort
of depends on what each of us like.
I think the suggestion of getting a number of chips you like and leave
them in the room for a few days and check them out under all kinds of light.
You may also want to check around to see who it is and if anyone one in your
area has the option to buy just a small quantity of a color where you can
put it on your wall and see what it will look like. You may try several.
It would be littler money and little work. I think they were offering the
sample sizes for something like a dollar or two.
have been using DeVine Paint by the Miller Paint Company of Portland,
go to www.millerpaint.com...sorry I have never checked their website
Thus far, have used their color called Filbert..... hard to describe
colors but I liken it to a pale cocoa. When the sun goes down in the
evening it almost glows like an adobe wall. It will look dark to you but
it really isn't. Its in my den/tvroom.The color sand is in my dinning
Like you, have had trouble with colors. So finally hired a paint/color
advisor to come to my home to give suggestions. The lighting, carpeting,
windows, furniture, all make a difference as to what color would look
Some whites can be very harsh.....its like living in a museum.
Here is an old painter's trick. Use a full color wheel sample
book. Pick out the color you want. Go 2 shades lighter in the
book. Paint. I've done this for years with customers and never
had anyone say I had the wrong color. Most people cannot envision
an entire room painted the color of a small 1" sample.
(top posted for your convenience)
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
Some of the things people ask for on here are utterly rediculous.....
Go to a frikkin paint store and LOOK at the samples, and bring some
home with you.
On 30 Oct 2005 06:31:30 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
Good grief. Some of the responses here are utterly ignorant.
Learn to spell. And you either have never painted, or don't care much how it
looks once it's on the walls.
Don't you have a 'next thread' or 'next post' option somewhere in your
newsreader?? When you find yourself irritated or bored, use that option.
Gosh forbid someone actually come here to ask a question. Sheeesh.
Yeah, I actually have the ability to look at the wall and know what
looks good. I also have the ability to go to a paint store and get
samples if I need help. Anyone that can not do these, really needs to
hire a professional painter. Anyone that chooses paint colors just to
"keep up with the jonses", rather than choose what they like, really
ought to move into a rental property that does not allow painting.
Let the landlord choose the color.
"Samples" rarely look like the actual paint results unfortunately.
I don't see anything wrong asking for specific brands and/or chip nos. from
anyone who has found neutrals they like, or seem to please others. Could
certainly save some time to have some advice before you go shopping.
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