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Help Picking Neutral Color

Posted by auggie1020 (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 24, 12 at 10:35

Hi All:

I am new to this forum and am hoping for some help. House is a large Craftsman/traditional in Atlanta. We just bought it and are having the entire inside repainted. My DW has thrown her hands up and painter is very good but little help in picking colors and it is unfortunately falling in my lap, which I find overwhelming and so, I am hoping for some guidance/help. The house is fairly large (4400 sf) and two levels. The main floor is pretty much open floor plan and the front door opens to a two story great room which does not get a tremendous amount of light. The floors are being stained Jacobean (very dark and they have to be as they are dark now). I have picked Porter linen white which is already up for ceiling (flat) and trim (semi-gloss) and I think it looks great. I am at a loss though of picking a neutral color that is sufficiently darker than the linen white but light enough to go with the Jacobean floor which is run throughout the house and lack of light on main level. Painter suggested Benjamin Moore Grant Beige HC83 (which I think is way too dark); Tapestry Beige OC-32 (which honesly looks too white, almost as light as the linen white trim) and Rice Grain 6155 (which I like alot but have chosen to use in the master bedroom as it has a bit of green in it and goes well with some green in the tile in the master bath). I am not interested in a green for the main neutral. Can anyone suggest a light tan or similar to use thoughout the whole house that we can play off for the kitchen and bedrooms. Perhas a tan/kahki? Thanks for the help. Oh yeah, and of course, I am under the gun as the painters are waiting on me.


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RE: Help Picking Neutral Color

Personally, I like the Grant Beige. On my monitor, it has less green than Tapestry Beige and I like its warmer tone.

I've linked to a site that has photos of rooms done in the HC83.....hope it helps.
If you're still not sure, ask your BM store if it has an in-house decorator/advisor. If so, they may be able to help you in more color choices, and especially colors that work best in your lighting.

Here is a link that might be useful: Examples of HC83


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Check out this site, nice colors.

Here is a link that might be useful: paint colors


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@annz. Thx. Very helpful. I think I like the Grant Beige too, I wonder if they can make it a shade lighter


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RE: Help Picking Neutral Color

Take a look at BM Manchester Tan. It's a wonderful neutral.


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RE: Help Picking Neutral Color

Take a look at BM Manchester Tan. It's a wonderful neutral.


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RE: Help Picking Neutral Color

I am really liking Muralo MW- Fine Silk as a neutral. The Michelle Winick Color Collection has a painted board of it the size of a letter size paper that is so beautiful, rich and neutral without being too dark.


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Picture of Muralo MW- Fine Silk - RE: Help Picking Neutral Color

Muralo MW- Fine Silk" is in the picture below when you click the link. I bought the 8.5" X 11" painted poster board at a local Benjamin Store for $2.99.

Here is a link that might be useful: Muralo MW- Fine Silk as a neutral Picture


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RE: Help Picking Neutral Color

Is linen white a Porter paints color, or did you have another brand's color mixed in Porter paints? I tried to find an example of Porter linen white online so I'd have a better idea of what could be too light or dark next to it, and I didn't have any luck.

Since the other colors recommended here are Benjamin Moore colors, I might as well throw White Sand into the mix. I seriously considered it but decided I wanted to go even lighter. Manchester Tan is a nice, versatile color, too. Of course, you'll want to compare these to your trim to make sure you don't end up with weird clashing undertones.


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RE: Help Picking Neutral Color

I was considering White Sand also but then thought it was a little bit too gray but maybe I should also consider it again if someone would share some pictures.


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RE: Help Picking Neutral Color

Lynn, I sampled White Sand but gave DH the option between that and Sail Cloth; he picked Sail Cloth, trying to keep as much light as possible.

I found a nursery painted in White Sand that looks about like I remember it looking in my house, though (click through to see how it looks different in some shots):

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And here's a pic from the radio free blog that convinced me to try Sail Cloth in the first place:
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Generally, I love the Sail Cloth. Sometimes, though, it seems a bit too light and I wish I'd gone with White Sand. However, I like the Sail Cloth best on the side of the room with the white cabinets, so maybe I'll be happier with it over all when I finally finish painting my trim Cloud White. White Sand I could see having a faint hint of gray (greige, really) in some lighting. Sail Cloth doesn't, though; it's warmer; my contractor called it 'a kinda linen color'.


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RE: Help Picking Neutral Color

We used SW Grecian Ivory as a neutral for the rooms that needed a warmer color. Our floors are 75% Jacobean 25% walnut, so not too different than yours. Here are a couple of pics of it.

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Jessicaml- RE: Help Picking Neutral Color

Jessicaml, thank you so much for sharing the two pictures! I like like the nursery with the Sand White but I love the Sail Cloth wall color. I will go get some sample paint chips tomorrow and if it looks nice in my bathroom, I will try out a sample since that is the look I am going for which is very neutral but warm.


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I like the White Sand posted above. Haven't seen that color before.

I have Sherwin Williams Believable Buff and Camelback throughout my house, and they look very nice with our antique white trim and dark walnut stained floors. Whole Wheat is the color between the two.


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uuddgirl2- RE: Help Picking Neutral Color

Juddgirl2, any pictures of your paint colors? I still like the BM Sand White but I want a little less gray.


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RE: Help Picking Neutral Color

lynn, the color in my foyer is Believable Buff - this room gets lots of light so it's a bit lighter here than in the darker hallway. It's a pretty creamy yellowish tan.

I used Camelback in my dining and living rooms. It changes color throughout the day, but I'd say in my house it's a darker yellow based tan with a slight green undertone depending on the light.

My photography's not the best so I'm not sure these pics reflect the true colors.

Believable Buff:

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Camelback:

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Here's the BM Manchester Tan.
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I dont have a picture handy but BM SHAKER BEIGE is a wonderful neutral.After agonizing over neutrals being too brown, too pink, too gray, for me in my home this one was it. I have lived with it for a few years now and it continues to grow on me.


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Sorry I'm a bit late posting, but have had out of town guests. Have you looked at BM Stone House? Most of my main rooms are painted in this neutral beige/tan color with Decorator White trim. For some reason which I can't recall, I didn't go with Shaker Beige. May have been lighter than I wanted.


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My main rooms are White Sand. I've had that color for years. It goes with just about everything in the spectrum.


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RE: Help Picking Neutral Color

Hi everyone. I am the OP. Thanks for all of the great ideas. I decided to go with Elmira White for the main area with some of the rooms switching to Grant Beige (which is the next shade up from Elmira White). It's not up yet, but that is my decision and I'm sticking to it! Thanks again for all the help.


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Juddgirl2- RE: Help Picking Neutral Color

Juddgirl2, I really like the Believable Buff. Maybe I will try that paint color in my powder room downstairs. Thank you! All my bathrooms need to be repainted.


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