Neutral Paint Colours

When it comes to versatility, nothing can match the enduring charm of neutrals. With blue, yellow, red and even lilac undertones, we have a neutral to suit every style. This dependable group is beautiful as the backdrop to accent colours, and as standalone shades. 

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Neutral Room Inspiration

Choosing Your Neutral Paint

Neutrals will always play a part in decorating because there are so many people who feel most comfortable when surrounded by carefully balanced colours that create an understated environment and make few demands on the eye.

They offer infinite possibilities for making spaces airy and relaxing, refined and timeless, or elegantly sophisticated.

However, neutrals alone are not a fail-safe combination and it is all too easy to fall into the trap of using bland, depressing colours that are nothing like the subtle, complex palettes featured here. 

Neutral Groups

Farrow & Ball has six established neutral groups. Our Relaxed Neutrals, Architectural Neutrals and Contemporary Neutrals all have a greyer bias, while our Timeless Neutrals, Warm Neutrals and Traditional Neutrals are a little softer in feel.  

Although each group will produce a very different look, the four shades within each one can be relied upon to work perfectly together in seemingly endless permutations, to create an effortless flow and variety of moods in your home. 

Neutral Accents

Even if you choose to live with a really understated colour scheme, such as those outlined over the last few pages, a stronger accent colour of a similar tone can shift the balance of the room, for added interest and impact. By including a deeper colour within the scheme, you will make the other colours in the neutral family come alive. The best accent colours for each family are as follows: 

  • Traditional Neutrals: Mouse’s Back
  • Timeless Neutrals: Pigeon
  • Warm Neutrals: London Stone 
  • Contemporary Neutrals: Charleston Gray 
  • Relaxed Neutrals: Mole’s Breath 
  • Architectural Neutrals: Down Pipe 

These accent colours can be incorporated in a number of different ways, from painting entire walls to small pieces of furniture, introducing an extra element to the decoration.