Choosing neutral paint colours which aren’t boring
Painting a house using neutral colours when selling is also a way to appeal to the majority of buyers. By embracing colour and pattern in a different way, you can create a sense of home.
Sometimes people don't know what they want style-wise.
Here are my top 4 tips on where to start picking neutral paint colours that won’t bore your viewers:
1. Concept boards can really help you to pin down a colour scheme and ensure you and your other half agree on a look. You get a feeling when you know you have hit on the right scheme.
2. When planning your home, don't rush. Get the base right (walls and floors) so you can layer up with lights, fabrics and accessories, which compliment your base colours.
3. There are all sorts of apps and tools to help you choose the right paint.
4. Colour is rarely as it looks on the paint card. So buy a tester and paint a large piece of card.
Rather than painting a section of the wall, a painted card allows you to walk around the space, trying out the card on different walls to see the varying effects of light.
It also allows you to position the card next to the floor, as getting the paint colour to work with the other largest surface in the room, the floor, should be your first goal.
Here are my hand-picked top 5 neutral paint colours:
1. Farrow & Ball Strong White
The go-to neutral for contemporary design schemes, this soft off-white with a hint of warm grey lifts artwork and warm accent colours to another level.
2. Little Green French Grey
This soft grey paint offers the perfect elegant mid tone. It works equally well in a classic or contemporary style.
3. Farrow & Ball Dimity
This neutral paint with a hint of red perfectly offsets fabrics with a red base and adds texture to a scheme.
4. Dulux Ash White
This super cool off-white neutral has a very classical look and was typical of the Palladian style. It’s contemporary styling for a more original look and it's perfect for modern country.
5. Paint and Paper Library Slate IV
A slightly more masculine neutral, this mid tone grey works really well in bathrooms and teamed with marble accessories gives a really luxe look.
Colour is a very personal choice so look for references in your life such as artwork or nature as a starting point. Looking to your wardrobes as initial inspiration for your colour schemes may be key, the clues to your style are right there!Back to articles