Neutral Paint Colours: Contemporary, Cosy & Classic Neutrals




Anne Roselt
Anne Roselt
, Plascon Colour Manager

Neutral Paint Colours

Neutral Paint Colours. Image Source: Plascon Spaces Magazine

Neutral paint colours and neutral shades are extremely popular in fashion and interiors at the moment. Their popularity is due to the fact they are so easy to live with. They help create a relaxed atmosphere, yet their versatility allows you to create spaces that are contemporary, classic or cosy. The fact that they never really go out of fashion only adds to their appeal.

The trick to making a natural scheme interesting and not beige and boring is to use contrasting textures, fabrics and accessories. Think sisal, wool and wood combined with silks, glass and metallic. Vary the tints and shades of the neutral you are using in the room.

Neutrals are often split into two types: cool neutrals, which have a grey undertone – these work well in creating spaces with an ultra-contemporary feel; and warm neutrals, which have a tan or brown undertone – these neutrals can be used in any space to create an atmosphere of warmth and relaxation.

Here is some inspiration taken from Plascon Spaces magazine…

Cool Neutral Paint Colours

Cool Neutral Paint Colours

The lounge wall was painted with Plascon Cashmere, Ageless Y3-E2-2 (Image Source: Plascon Spaces Magazine)

Cool Neutral Paint Colours

Bedroom walls painted with Plascon Cashmere, Plaster E16-2 from Plascon’s “Whites” Inspiration brochure (Image Source: Plascon Spaces Magazine)

Cool Neutral Paint Colours

Bathroom walls painted with Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms, Daphne’s Dream Y1-E2-3 (Image Source: Plascon Spaces Magazine)

Cool Neutral Paint Colours

This kitchen was painted with Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms, Evasive White Y4-E2-3 (Image Source: Plascon Spaces Magazine)

[One shade lighter than Evasive White is Resplendent Y4-D2-3 (see colour swatches below)- another very popular neutral that can be used as a canvas colour throughout the home.]

Warm Neutral Paint Colours

Warm Neutral Paint Colours

Plascon Cashmere, Bedouin O4-E2-3 (Image Source: Plascon Spaces Magazine)

Warm Neutral Paint Colours

Colour Plascon Inspired Colour System, Organdy Y3-C2-1 (Image Source: Plascon Spaces Magazine)

Warm Neutral Paint Colours

Walls painted with Cashmere, Happy Ending Y5-B2-3 (Image Source: Plascon Spaces Magazine)

Warm Neutral Paint Colours

The walls were painted with low VOC Double Velvet which has virtually no odour. The colour is Cognac Cream Vel 82 (Image Source: Plascon Spaces Magazine)

I frequently get asked for a popular neutral to paint the interior of a home. The neutrals below from the Plascon Inspired Colour System are some of my favourites. Have a look at the swatch cards in  store and match them to your fabrics/carpets/tiles/artwork to see which colour blends in best.

Plascon Paint Neutrals Palette

Plascon Paint Neutrals Palette (Image Source: Plascon Spaces Magazine)

For more neutral inspiration, check out the Plascon “Naturals” and “Whites” inspiration brochures.

Plascon Naturals and Whites Inspiration Brochures

Plascon “Naturals” and “Whites” Inspiration brochures

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54 Responses

  1. Lindsey says:

    Hey! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading through your posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums
    that deal with the same subjects? Thanks a lot!

    • Plascon says:

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  2. zack says:

    Thanks for the ideas bit please help. I have a kitchen wall that I’d like to freshen up. It’s very gloomy and the cabinets are brown, the blinds and tops are charcoal grey and the paint is eggshell yellow. I want something different, something bright and alive like lime green or aquamarine. Please advise?

    • Plascon says:

      Hi Zack. Our Plascon Spaces Showroom team would like to help you out. Please will you send them a photo of the area you would like to repaint so that they can recommend the best colour options to you? You can contact them at spaces@plascon.co.za.

  3. Everything is very open with a very clear clarification of the issues.
    It was definitely informative. Your website is very helpful.

    Thank you for sharing!

  4. Sandra says:

    Hi there

    I am looking for one of your earlier colour ranges, in specific “CREAM OF MUSHROOM”. Would any supplier of Plascon be able to mix this up for me?

    • Plascon says:

      Hi Sandra

      Thanks for reaching out to us.

      Yes, they should still be able to mix this for you. Simply quote them the color code D15-3 🙂

      Kind regards
      Plascon

  5. brie says:

    Just bought a sample of ageless and its much darker than in the lounge picture above. Did you use half strength of this colour? How can I get the same result?

    Thanks

    • Plascon says:

      Good Morning Brie,

      Thank you for your inquiry, the colour Ageless Y3-E2-2 in the images is lighter because of the lighting in the space. If you noticed the space gets a lot of natural light. Should you want the same grey tones but for a space that doesn’t get a lot of natural light I will give you three options. I don’t suggest that you mix a 50% formulation or even 75% of the colour, because should something happen to your walls and you want the same colour you might not get the exact colour match depending on the retailer. A full formulations gives you a guarantee that the colour will always be available and you can query the colour should it differ.

      First option is a colour in the same range a shade lighter is a colour called Fresh Linen Y3-E2-3.

      Second option is a colour called Ivory Ridge Y3-D2-3

      Third option is a shade lighter than ivory ridge which is Ivory Parchment Y3-D2-3

      Hope this will assist you. For further inquiry please contact me on 011 467 8693/4.

      Kindest Regards
      Neo

  6. Amanda says:

    Hello
    My husband and I have recently bought a small town house, with open plan lounge and kitchen. The kitchen is small, white walls and the lounge is a horrible bright red! We want to paint, and like beige, creams, browns etc. And we were thinking of using the cashmere cobbler beige. Do you have any pictures of living rooms with this colour? The kitchen has white cupboards, black handles and black marble counter, what do you think would be the best color for the kitchen. Do we paint the kitchen same as the lounge?

    Would love your advice,

    Thanks
    Amanda

    • Plascon says:

      Hello Amanda – good to hear from you! I have forwarded your query and details to our Plascon Spaces Showroom – they are our afflicted decor and colour experts. Hopefully you should hear from them soon. If you have any further queries, please connect with them: spaces@plascon.co.za
      All the best in your kitchen makeover! Regards.

  7. Duncan says:

    Hi there, thansk for all the really useful info.

    I like the neutral colors that you’ve recommended for interior use and would like to know if you have similar recommendations for exterior. Would ‘Ageless’ or ‘Plaster’ be too light for exterior walls and if so what would be similar but darker recommendations?

    Duncan

  8. Annemarie Davies says:

    I have bought 5 liters Plascon cognac cream. It seems little to light. What is the next darker colour?

    • Plascon says:

      Hi Annemarie,

      I’ve consulted with our Plascon Spaces Showroom, and they recommend Veldrift Y2-D2-3, which in the following sample below, is the first colour on the third row down:

      Veldrift colu sample

      Please note: Computer monitor settings vary considerably and we cannot guarantee an exact colour match. Always confirm your colour selection using the colour chips/swatches available at your local Plascon retailer before making a purchase.

  9. wendy says:

    Plascon code e16-2 plaster

  10. Daleen says:

    I recently bought Plascon Cognac Cream. Which is a good monochromatic colour to go with it?

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Daleen,

      After consultation with our colour experts at the Plascon Spaces Showroom, the Showroom Manager has recommended the following:

      There could be two ways to go on a monochromatic colour scheme to go with Cognac Cream:

      • If you prefer a more rosy palette, then go for Country Mushroom (Y1-D2-2) or slightly darker a beautiful colour called Brocade Silk (Y1-D2-1)
      • If you are after a more modern look, then go for Soap Bubble (Y2-E2-2) or Bauhaus (Y2-E2-1)

      Please Note: it is strongly suggested that you buy some 250ml tester pots and first test the colours to establish which colour is most suitable to your liking.

      ZURITA MOORE
      Manager: Spaces Showroom
      spaces@plascon.co.za

  11. Jane says:

    Hi,
    I’m looking for a warm neutral to paint our house exterior. I am quite fond of the modern greys with a tinge of brown, but do not want to go too dark.I
    find dark paint ages quickly, but then on the other hand whites are too bright.
    Is soap bubble a good option?

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Jane,

      After consultation with our colour experts at the Plascon Spaces Showroom, the Showroom Manager has responded as follows:

      Soap Bubble (Y2-E2-2) is a neutral colour, but keep in mind that it may be too light. A shade darker is Bauhaus (Y2-E2-1) which you may also like.

      NB: Please buy a 1 litre of each colour and test it on your wall before making a decision.

      ZURITA MOORE
      Manager: Spaces Showroom
      spaces@plascon.co.za

  12. annie says:

    HI, thank you for all the advise. We bought a house, and would like to know what combination of grey we can use for the exterior walls. The window frames are white and the roof also grey. thank you

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Annie,

      After consultation with our colour experts at the Plascon Spaces Showroom, the Showroom Manager has responded as follows:

      Dear Annie, thanks for your question. We have a wonderful service at the Plascon Spaces Showroom, where we can do a mood board with 3 options to show you what your house would look like painted in greys. Please email us at spaces@plascon.co.za and our co-ordinator will be in touch. It is very tricky to suggest combinations of grey if we have not seen your house. It depends on the architecture of the house as well as your garden. We would love to do some options for you, so we look forward to hearing from you.

      ZURITA MOORE
      Manager: Spaces Showroom
      spaces@plascon.co.za

  13. Alison says:

    I would appreciate any advice or recommendations. We painted the exterior of our house some years ago with a Plascon colour called Whiff. It is essentially cream with a green undertone. We need to freshen up and repaint but I would like a change. I don’t like the grey/cement colors that are popular at the moment, but also don’t want anything too yellow or creamy. I like beige / neutral colours. Our house is north facing and gets a lot of sun . I have Swartland mock sash wooden windows and they are treated with a mahogany varnish. The sills around the windows are white. What colour would you suggest?Thanks in advance

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Alison,

      After consultation with our colour experts at the Plascon Spaces Showroom, the Showroom Manager has responded as follows:

      Whiff is a Plascon colour from the Expressions range. My suggestion is that you do not go too light, as a light colour will appear white and, depending on the substrate, also appear more yellow than what it is.

      My suggestions in a neutral colour for exterior would be:

      Worn Wood (Essential Collection 20)
      Statued (Essential Collection 23)
      Barn Owl (O7-E2-1)

      Please have a look at our Plascon Spaces Showroom services on this link: http://www.plasconspacesshowroom.co.za/public/services

      We offer a free service where you can send images of your home to us, and we will do a digital colour scheme for you showing you what the colour on your exterior will look like.

      ZURITA MOORE
      Manager: Spaces Showroom

  14. Christa says:

    Hi,
    My current colour is Worn Wood, which I love, but I want to go to a lighter colour with the same under tones. What recommendations please?

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Christa,

      I have consulted with our colour experts at the Plascon Spaces Showroom – please see response below:

      Dear Christa, we would recommend Ivory Snow (Y3-C2-3). As always, it is advised that you first purchase tester-pots and test the colour before purchase of product.

      For any further questions, please see contact details below:

      ZURITA MOORE
      Manager: Plascon Spaces Showroom
      spaces@plascon.co.za

  15. Mary-Ann van Heerden says:

    Please advise where the nearest Plascon dealer is to Gillitts / Hillcrest (KZN), so that I can view colours “in real life”. 🙂

  16. Wendy says:

    I am trying to establish the colour adjacent to cream of mushroom (D15-3). Please help.

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Wendy, thanks for visiting Plascon Trends. I have consulted with our colour experts at the Plascon Spaces Showroom – please see their response below:

      Dear Wendy thank you for your enquiry.

      The code that you have provided is for the Expressions Range. Adjacent colours to this would be:

      Lighter: Gallery (D15-2)

      Darker: Sasquatch (D15-4)

      It is advised to first purchase tester-pots and test the colour before purchase of product.

      If you have any questions, please see contact details below:

      Kind regards,

      spaces@plascon.co.za

  17. Katherine says:

    Hi there,

    My husband and I bought a small house which is currently a not so nice lightish cream yellow puff colour. We are looking for a warm grey with a slight touch of a brown undertone, not too dark, with no blue or green undertones. What are your thoughts on evasive white also what colour would you suggest for the roof – we would like a darker charcoal kind of colour?

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Katherine, thanks for visiting Plascon Trends. I have consulted with our colour experts – please see their advice below:

      Dear Katherine, thank you so much for your enquiry. The best option that I can give you is to contact the Plascon Spaces Showroom. To choose the right colour for your home, it would be best to see pictures of the house: the architecture for the exterior, and your choice of floors and furniture on the interior. Please send recent photos (1 MB – 5MB) to bookings@plasconspaces.co.za and the team will do colour options for you.

  18. Janet says:

    His. Looking for sample of Ivory Ridge. Apparently it is a grey and I can’t find pic of colour sample…

    • Plascon says:

      Hi Janet, thanks for visiting Plasocn Trends! 🙂

      We have requested a swatch sample from our colour consultants at the Plascon Spaces Showroom – we’ll let you know as soon as it comes through.

      Kind regards

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Janet,

      One of our colour consultants prepared the following – it can be viewed here.

      If you have any further questions, you may contact George Luvalo directly at spaces@plascon.co.za.

      Kind regards.

  19. Robyn says:

    Hi. I’m looking for a neutral colour that is similar to landing but without the yellowish which landing has in bright north light. Our home has a lot of north light, with white trussed double volume ceiling and travertine tiles. Bedrooms have carpets The colour would also need to work in the rest of the house too,without looking too dark .
    I have considered Happy Ending, Sheepish, Goose Down or Stone wall. I have tried samples , yet no colour has seemed right as yet. Your advice would be much appreciated.
    Thanks

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Robyn,

      Please see below for options from one of our colour consultants:

      Good day Robyn,

      In the following digital mood board (click to view), I have given 4 options of neutrals with less of a “yellow undertone” and more towards a neutral muted tone. Please test a colour on a white surface to ensure the true tone is reflected. Please note this is a digital representation of the colour and may vary from screen to screen.

      If you have any further questions, please contact me at spaces@plascon.co.za

      Many thanks,

      BYRON MINNIE
      Colour Consultant & Spaces Showroom Host

  20. Dalia says:

    Good day. Could you kindly advise on a cream/white colour to choose for re-spraying of oak kitchen cupboards. This will match black granite counter tops and is in a Tuscan style home.
    There is an American brand of paint ‘Benjamin Moore’ wih a colour called cloud white (OC-130) that I was hoping to find the equivalent of.
    Many thanks

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Good day Dalia – I will be emailing you a powerpoint presentation file from one of our colour consultants – please see her suggestions below:

      Dear Dalia,

      Attached please find the digital colour options as per your request. All colours are the closest match to the Benjamin Moore.

      The digital colour on the attached presentation may vary from the actual dry paint colour.

      Digital Colour gives you a visual idea. We recommend that you purchase a 1L sample in the product with which you intend to paint your walls i.e. Plascon Cashmere or Plascon Double Velvet as your testing option. Please paint two coats on a white surface allowing each coat to dry in between. It is important to look at the colours in the morning, mid-day and late afternoon to ensure that you are happy with how it changes under different light conditions. Kindly purchase a tester pot from your local hardware and try the colour on a small surface before buying large quantities.

      Thank you. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at spaces@plascon.co.za

      Regards,

      Lungile Mtshali
      Colour Consultant
      Plascon Spaces Showroom

  21. Fay says:

    HI. We’ve been struggling to get the perfect shade of grey. The ageless look is what we wanted but it looks lighter almost not grey enough on the walls. None of our samples are the same once applied on the wall

    • Plascon says:

      Hi Fay,

      The colour Ageless is a warm grey, meaning the colour is a brown grey with a slight green undertone. If its soft and too warm, I would consider the following colours, such as Wishing Well Y5-E2-1 or a colour that’s a bit cooler, like the colour Sterling Aluminium AL-G01 – this is a grey with a slight green undertone.

      For something a bit colder than the above-mentioned colours, please look at colours such as City Fog GR-N01 or Paris Paving GR-Y09. These colours might show a slight blue undertone when paired with warm floors such as mahogany, cherry and maple (yellow/orange undertone).

      We also offer a free service in our showroom where you can take pictures of your house (either inside or outside) and send it through to us and we will integrate colours in the pictures and send it back to you; this will provide you with an opportunity to view the house painted before you physically paint them.

      For further enquiry please contact me (details below).

      Kindest Regards,

      Neo Moshomane
      Plascon Showroom Colour Consultant
      neo.moshomane@plasconspaces.co.za

  22. Joelene Kesler says:

    Hi Please can u show me a swatch of E14-3, papyrus

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Joelene,

      Below is the swatch for Papyrus E14-3:

      Papyrus E14-3

      Digital rendering of swatches may vary on different monitors and may vary from the actual dry paint colour. Please purchase a tester pot of the colour and apply two coats on your wall to view the final colour before you make your final purchase.

      Kind regards.

  23. Wendy says:

    Please can you send me a swatch for Plaster E16-2

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Wendy, thanks for visiting Plascon Trends 🙂

      Below is the swatch for Plaster E16-2:

      Plaster E16-2

      Please note that this is a digital rendering of the colour, which will be slightly different on dry painted walls. It is advised to first purchase a small tester pot (250ml) or 1 litre and paint two coats over white to view the full colour.

      Kind regards.

  24. Fatima Omar says:

    Hi can you send me a swatch for City Fog GR-N01 please?

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Fatima,

      Here is the swatch for City Fog GR-N01 :

      City Fog

      Please note that this is a digital rendering of the colour, which will be slightly different on dry painted walls. It is advised to first purchase a small tester pot (250ml) or 1 litre and paint two coats over white to view the full colour.

      Kind regards.

  25. Alicia says:

    Hi

    Loving all the neutral ideas, thank you! We have just bought a small townhouse and would like to paint one of the walls in our living room with Evasive white (Y4-E2-3), which lighter shade would match well with this colour for the other walls.

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Alicia – thanks for visiting Plascon Trends 🙂

      Your question was forwarded to our consultants at the Plascon Spaces Showroom – please see Nosipho’s suggestions below:

      Good day Alicia,

      The following two colours will match well:

      Dried Leaf 25
      Light Stone 68 (greige)

      [Moderator’s add: In the following post (click to view), you will find sample swatches of Dried Leaf 25 under the “Neutral Whites” section, and Light Stone 68 under the “Grey Shades of White” section. Please keep in mind that these swatches are digitally rendered – with slight visual variation depending on your computer monitor – and the colours will be slightly different to dry painted walls. It is advised to first purchase a small tester pot (250ml) or 1 litre and paint two coats over white to view the full colour.]

      If you have any further requests, please feel free to contact me (details below).

      Kind regards,

      Nosipho Ngcobo
      Plascon Colour Consultant
      spaces@plascon.co.za

  26. Danel says:

    Hi, I’m looking for a soft warm cream colour, not with a yellow tint. Any ideas?

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Danel – thanks for visiting Plascon Trends 🙂

      Your question was forwarded to our colour consultants at the Plascon Spaces Showroom. Please see Lungile’s response below:

      Good day Danel,

      Posted below are two colour options (Ivory Snow Y3-C2-3 and Afternoon Shower Y4-C2-3) as per your request.

      IS and AS

      Please note that these colour swatches are digital renders, and depending on your monitor screen, they may vary from the actual dry paint colour. Digital Colour gives you a visual idea. We recommend that you purchase a 1L sample in the product with which you intend to paint your walls i.e. Plascon Cashmere or Plascon Double Velvet as your testing option. Please paint two coats on a white surface allowing each coat to dry in between. It is important to look at the colours in the morning, midday and late afternoon to ensure that you are happy with how it changes under different light conditions. Alternatively, you can purchase a smaller tester pot from your local hardware and similarly try the colour on a small surface before buying large quantities.

      If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me (details below).

      Regards,

      LUNGILE MTSHALI
      Colour Consultant
      spaces@kansaiplascon.co.za

  27. simone says:

    Hi could you show me MAYAN STONE Plascon E14-4. Would it be a grey or a beige?

    thank you

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Simone – thanks for visiting Plascon Trends 🙂

      Your request and question was forwarded to our colour consultants at the Plascon Spaces Showroom – please see Nosipho’s response below:

      Good day Simone,

      Attached (click here) is the digital swatch as per your request. The colour is beige.

      Kindly keep in mind that these are computer colours that will be slightly different to dry painted walls. Please purchase a small tester pot (250ml) or 1 litre and paint two coats over white to view the full colour.

      If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me (details below).

      Kind regards,

      Nosipho Ngcobo
      Plascon Colour Consultant
      spaces@kansaiplascon.co.za

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