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A Gorgeous Modern Neutral Color Palette For Your Home

Discover the art of modern neutrals for your home with this paint color palette. From soothing greys to warm greiges, learn how to choose modern neutral colors for your entire home with a simple formula that effortlessly complements any style.

One of the most important aspects that impact the overall look and feel of your home is the color palette – specifically the colors you choose for the paint.

It is probably why I get more questions about paint colors than anything else when it comes to home design.

The truth is that paint colors can be tricky and tough to choose. I’ve shared a lot of information about paint colors over the years, including my entire process of choosing paint colors for your home, and more info about the whole home color scheme we chose for the home we’re currently living in (which features a lot of grays and greens). 

When I was planning the renovation for the rental property that Logan and I worked on last year, one of the first things I needed to decide was the color palette. Because it is a rental property, we wanted to go with a neutral palette that would fit a variety of different styles and tastes. Today I’m sharing the neutral paint colors that we used! 

This modern neutral color palette article contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t recommend wholeheartedly. Read my full disclosure here.

A man is painting on the wall using roller brush with Behr Mineral

Benefits of neutral colors on your walls

Even if you’re not designing a rental property like I was, there are plenty of reasons why you would want to choose neutral paint colors for your home.

Neutral colors are great because they never go out of style. I also love that they play nice with pretty much anything you throw at them. Whether you’re swapping out furniture, changing your wall art, or just changing up your vibe or style, a modern neutral color palette is like the chameleon of color – they just go with it. 

Neutral paint colors bring a calm, cool, and collected feel to your home, which is something that many people are wanting in their living space – right? Lighter neutrals will help bounce the like around the room and make the room look way brighter and bigger, especially if you don’t have a lot of natural light to work with.

When you choose neutral colors for your walls, the colors used on your furniture and decor will really stand out and grab attention against that neutral backdrop. 

Thinking long-term? Neutrals are your secret weapon when it comes to selling your house. They’re universally appealing, making it super easy for potential buyers to see themselves in your space (or in our case, potential renters). 

Plus, if you’re all about those smooth transitions between rooms, sticking to neutral shades throughout your home creates this amazing flow that ties everything together and makes it feel cohesive.

Bottom line? Choosing neutral paint colors is like giving your home a design superpower. They’re versatile, calming, and seriously stylish. So, if you’re looking to create a space that’s totally you and totally timeless, neutrals are your go-to pals.

Have I convinced you yet?

A man with a maroon shirt is painting on the ceiling using a roller brush with Behr Sculptor Clay

A Simple Formula for a Neutral Color Scheme In Your Home

More than just giving you the paint colors that we used (which are all listed below), I’m sharing a simple formula for a neutral home so you can get this look too!

So even if you choose different paint colors or use a different brand of paint, you can apply this formula as you put together a modern neutral color palette. 

  • Light neutral color for main wall color in main living areas
  • Darker neutral paint color for bedrooms 
  • Accent colors used in bathrooms 
  • Off-white or cream paint color used on trim and baseboards
  • Dark gray or black used on interior doors
A photo of a Neutral color palette chart with paint color names

Light Neutral Color for Main Living Areas

If you’re struggling with choosing paint colors for your home, start by simplifying things and only using one color in the main living areas.

There’s no reason why you need to have a different color in your living room, dining room, hallway, and kitchen. Do yourself a favor and just choose one. If you’re going to choose just one color, go with a light neutral color with warm undertones. Trust me on this…interior designers agree. 

Opting for a light neutral paint color with warm undertones in your living spaces is like wrapping your home in a cozy bear-hug. These colors, like soft beige and greige colors (which is a mix between beige and gray), instantly create an inviting atmosphere, making everyone feel welcome.

Plus, they’re sunlight magnets, amplifying natural light and making your spaces feel more open.

While white walls can look and feel clean, they have a tendency to feel a little cold and stark. Whereas a light neutral with a warm undertone will bathe your room in a soft and warm glow – that’s the magic of using a paint color with warm undertones. They have an instant inviting vibe. They’re the friendliest shade on the color wheel, making everyone feel at home.

A photo of bucket of Behr Mineral white paint and a roller brush.

Behr – Mineral

For the main living areas at this property, we chose Behr Mineral. Mineral is what I would call a soft, grayish, beige color. It’s a fabulous neutral and very similar to a lot of the other greige colors on the market. It’s a great canvas for traditional homes or rooms that already use a lot of other neutrals. 

Behr Mineral is classified as a warm shade. This yellow-toned, cozy beige color is a mix of yellow and brown which creates that warm hug of a feeling while still being light and airy. 


  • Behr Paint Code: UL170-15
  • RGB: 215 209 197
  • LRV: 64
  • Hex Code: #D8D1C6
An interior shot of the house, taken on the second floor with a warm neutral paint color, behr mineral

Other warm neutrals that are similar to Behr Mineral

According to Behr Paint, here are other similar colors to Mineral from BEHR Paint that you might want to try out:

Outside of Behr Paint, here are some similar options from other brands: 

  • Benjamin Moore – Bruton White
  • Farrow & Ball – Shaded White
  • PPG – Gray Beige
  • Sherwin Williams – Whirlwind
  • Valspar – Moon Shot

Quick note about purchasing Behr Mineral at The Home Depot

I’m not sure you’ll have the same problem, but when I went to The Home Depot to purchase Behr Mineral, they couldn’t find the paint color in their system. I also can’t find the color online at The Home Depot.

Because I was dead set on using this Behr Mineral paint color because I loved it so much, I put a call into Behr’s customer service line. They were able to give me the exact color formula to pass along to the person at the Home Depot paint desk.

Behr Customer Service also mentioned that any you’re having trouble ordering one of their colors at The Home Depot, the paint desk can always call Behr directly to get directions to make the colors.

Hopefully, you don’t have this problem too! But just in case you do, that is how you can order Behr Mineral even if The Home Depot can’t find the paint color in their computer system.

Darker Neutral Color for Bedrooms

For the bedrooms, I recommend going just a touch darker for a more cozy feel. You’ll be shocked how much different a slightly darker color will make a room feel. If you’re looking at a paint chip, you can simply go one shade darker than the other lighter neutral you had chosen for your main living areas.

A man is painting the wall with a roller brush with Sculptor Clay by Behr Paint

Why go darker in the bedroom?

Slightly darker neutral paint colors are like a warm, soothing blanket for bedrooms. They create an intimate, cocoon-like atmosphere that’s perfect for unwinding after a long day. 

If you’re really brave, you can even go darker in a bedroom! Darker paint colors in a bedroom can feel like instant blackout curtains, helping you catch those precious Zzz’s by blocking out excess light. 

Darker neutrals bring a sense of depth and calm, making your bedroom the ultimate relaxation zone where you can escape from the world and sink into a sea of tranquility. 

For more ideas, check out these master bedroom paint color ideas!

Another photo of paint in a 5 gallon bucket and a roller brush.

Behr – Sculptor Clay

For the bedrooms in this property, we chose Sculptor Clay by Behr Paint. It is a taupe-y shade that is almost khaki with a touch of gray.

It is still considered a greige paint color, like Mineral – just a like bit darker. It has gray-brown undertones, which give it a really earthy vibe.

We already had experience with this color because we used it in our recent guest bathroom renovation above the wainscoting panels.


  • Behr Paint Code: PPU5-8
  • RGB: 204 195 180
  • LRV: 55
  • Hex Code: #CCC3B4

Other neutral colors with warm undertones that are similar to Behr Sculptor Clay

According to Behr Paint, here are other similar colors to Sculptor Clay that you might want to try out:

When it comes to other paint brands, here are some similar colors to Behr’s Sculptor Clay: 

  • Benjamin Moore: Alphano Beige
  • Valspar Paint: Notre Dame
  • Glidden: Synchronicity
  • Olympic: Barefoot Beach (very close match!)
  • Magnolia Home: Southern Grown
  • Para: Memory Overload
  • Farrow & Ball: Elephant’s Breath

Accent Color for Bathrooms

Bathrooms are a great place to bring in pops of color with your paint colors. Using a bolder accent color is a great way to explore different shades even if you want to keep most of your home with more neutral tones. We opted for a muted gray-green color for the bathrooms in this property and I love the way it turned out. 

Gray-green paint colors are one of my favorites to use, which you can see if you take a look at the colors in my own home. They have become incredibly popular in recent years and they work perfectly alongside pure neutral colors, as a primary accent color for contrast. 

If you want to use an accent color in the bathrooms (or elsewhere in your home as an accent wall or something else), it is very important to make sure it works well with the other different colors used throughout your entire home for a cohesive look. 

Making a color palette is a great way to see how various shades will work together. I also recommend that you get paint samples to see what the real paint looks like instead of just looking at the colors on a computer screen or small paper paint chip.

And don’t forget to do some research and figure out the undertones of other colors that you’re going to be using. Learn more about my entire process of choosing paint colors here. 

For more ideas, check out these small bathroom paint color ideas!

A beautiful photo of a bathtub with walls painted with Behr Riverdale light green paint color

Behr – Riverdale

For the bathrooms in this property, we chose Behr’s Riverdale paint color. Behr Riverdale is a light green paint color with gray undertones. It has a spa-like feel that works great in bathrooms! 

Although it is an accent color and not necessarily a neutral color, it still gives the room a light, bright feeling. I love how the paint color looks with contrasting black light fixtures and brushed nickel bathroom hardware and faucets. 


  • Behr Color Code: N410-3
  • LRV: 55
  • RGB Values: R 190, G 197, B 186
  • Hex Code: #bec5bc
A photo of a bathroom with a mirror, sink, and vanity light with light green paint color on the walls

Other bold colors that are similar to Behr Riverdale

According to Behr Paint, here are other similar colors to Riverdale that you might want to try out:

A close-up photo of a bathroom with a mirror, cabinet, and sink.

Outside of Behr Paint, here are some similar options from other brands: 

  • Benjamin Moore – Gray Wisp
  • Farrow & Ball – Mizzle
  • PPG – Balsam
  • Sherwin Williams – Comfort Gray
  • Valspar – Irish Moor

Off-White Color for Trim and Baseboards

Off-white or a creamy color is always a great choice for trim and baseboards. I love the look of white trim as a contrast against the main wall color, but it can be hard to keep clean. By going slightly more off-white or cream for the trim paint color, it hides things remarkably well.

Off-white trim will give your space a polished and classic look that is seriously timeless without the starkness of pure white. 

Behr – Swiss Coffee

A photo of a door with no knob with trim painted with Swiss Coffee off white paint color from Behr Paint

For the trim color and baseboards throughout this home, we chose Behr’s Swiss Coffee, which is a very dependable trim color. It is one of Behr’s most popular warm white colors and there’s a reason why!

In fact, when Logan used to work in property management this is the color that they would use for all of their trim work and baseboards in the rental properties. 

Swiss Coffee is a creamy white that doesn’t pull in other undertones like yellow, pink, blue or green like some other white paint colors do. It’s an ideal choice for painting baseboards. 

Baseboards in home painted with off white Swiss Coffee paint color


  • Behr Color Code: 12
  • LRV: 84
  • RGB Values: R 241, G 237, B 224
  • Hex Code: #f1ece1
A photo of a black door with an elegant ceiling fan, light gray walls and off white trim

Other creamy whites that are similar to Behr Swiss Coffee

According to Behr Paint, here are other similar colors to Swiss Coffee that you might want to try out:

Outside of Behr Paint, here are some similar options from other brands: 

  • Benjamin Moore – Ivory White
  • Farrow & Ball – Pointing 
  • PPG – Candlelit Beige
  • Sherwin Williams – Shell White
  • Valspar – Statuesque

Dark Gray or Black for Interior Doors

We tried something new on this property and went dark on all of the interior doors and spoiler alert, I totally love it! Although it can be considered pretty bold, I think it is a look that you won’t be sorry you tried. Dark gray (or even black) on your interior doors looks SO good! 

If you have all light and bright neutral colors in your home, it will be lacking dimension and depth. Successful neutral color palettes bring in both light and dark neutrals and I think that dark interior doors is the best way to incorporate a dark color into your neutral look with a modern touch. 

If you’re thinking about painting your interior doors dark, you’ve gotta check out my full guide where I share everything I learned and share some other paint color ideas (with pics!)

A roller brush filled with gray paint Graphic Charcoal from Behr paint

Behr – Graphic Charcoal

We went with a dark gray color, not quite black, on all of the interior doors at the rental property. Graphic Charcoal is what I would call a “moody” gray color.

BEHR even calls it a “soft black” color on their website. The color is deep and heavy, but sophisticated. It adds richness and bold qualities to any home!


  • Behr Color Code: N500-6
  • LRV: 11
  • RGB Values: R 92, G 94, B 95
  • Hex Code: #5c5e60
A photograph of a man painting a door black.
The final image is a completed painting of a black door.

Other dark colors that are similar to Behr Graphic Charcoal

According to Behr Paint, here are other similar colors to Behr Graphic Charcoal that you might want to try out:

Outside of Behr Paint, here are some similar options from other brands: 

  • Benjamin Moore – Mythic (this one look more purple for sure)
  • Farrow & Ball – Down Pipe
  • PPG – Knight’s Armor
  • Sherwin Williams – Cloak Gray (this one has strong purple undertones too)
  • Valspar – Muted Ebony
A chart showing a neutral color palette with text overlay

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