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Partner post: The Top 8 LIGHT NEUTRAL Paint Colors for Home Staging
I’m not a consultant who believes that all homes sell better when painted light, neutral colors. In fact, many homes sell faster and for more money because their colors resonate on an emotional level with buyers, whether it’s because they have more COLOR (chroma) to them or more DEPTH than the average light neutral paint color.
So, this blog post is not only about COLORS, it’s also about neutral with a bit more meat on their bones, ones that my Online Paint Color Consulting clients (and home buyers) seem to fall in love with at first sight. Colors that might help YOU add some emotional and ACTUAL value to your home.
See the BEFORE & AFTER as well as color details HERE
1. SHERWIN WILLIAMS SEA SALT SW 6204
This is definitely one of the more popular green-blue inspired paint colors on the market! Sea Salt is a beautiful light green with a decent gray backdrop, but be warned – it also loves to flex into blue due to its particular blend!
Sea Salt has an LRV of 63, a GORGEOUS depth for the average room (read more about that HERE). It handles itself reasonably well in low-lit and brighter light, but like I always say, ‘if you don’t have enough artificial or natural light, there’s no paint color that will save you’.
THE BEST ROOMS FOR SHERWIN WILLIAMS SEA SALT
- a master or guest bedroom
- homes with a beachy vibe
- Sea Salt is not a color you would do multiple rooms in, its best for singular spaces
PAINT COLORS THAT ARE SIMILAR TO SEA SALT BUT WITH A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT LOOK
Steel Wool is AWESOME. It’s a medium-dark toned charcoal gray with a decent blue undertone. Blue loves to lean either green or purple, and this one leans slightly purple.
In fact, I used Steel Wool in our LAST home and it got RAVE reviews (and yes, the house did go into multiple offers).
Steel Wool has an LRV of 19 – BOOM! It’s certainly got some visual weight to it but NEVER looks black, even in a darker space.
THE BEST ROOMS OR WALLS FOR BENJAMIN MOORE STEEL WOOL
- a bedroom that is reasonably well-lit
- a family room
- as a feature wall
PAINT COLORS THAT ARE SIMILAR TO STEEL WOOL BUT WITH A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT LOOK
Sherwin Williams African Gray is a great comparable to Steel Wool, whereas Benjamin Moore Trout Gray has a bit less undertone and more depth. For even MORE depth, check out Benjamin Moore Gray 2121-10.
3. BENJAMIN MOORE REVERE PEWTER HC-172
Revere Pewter is a lovely warm gray paint color that’s been HUGELY popular in the last five years – and is still going strong. While many grays pick up a blue or purple undertone, Revere Pewter is more likely to pick up a faint earthy-green that makes it look warmer than the average gray. And because it’s likely to pick up a bit MORE undertone than many grays, I’ve included it in both the ‘best light NEUTRAL paint colors for staging‘ as well as this more COLORFUL blog post.
With an LRV of 55, Revere Pewter has a bit more depth and undertone than the average ‘home staging paint color‘. But let me tell you, it has HUGE mass appeal and suits MANY styles of homes.
THE BEST ROOMS FOR BENJAMIN MOORE REVERE PEWTER
- any or all of the 5 Key Rooms
south-facing rooms (to balance out the warm exposure a bit)
small or large rooms
when lightened by 25-50%, it is great for dark rooms or hallways
- I also have a soft spot for the slightly darker, Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray
PAINT COLORS THAT ARE SIMILAR TO REVERE PEWTER BUT WITH A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT LOOK
4. BENJAMIN MOORE GIBRALTAR CLIFFS 1587
Gibraltar Cliffs has a reasonable depth with its LRV of 30. And not only is it a blue-gray blend, but it also has a soft green hiding in it as well.
THE BEST ROOMS FOR GIBRALTAR CLIFFS
- bedrooms that have reasonable natural light
- a small bathroom
- feature wall
- cabinets or bathroom vanities (can be stunning)
PAINT COLORS THAT ARE SIMILAR TO GIBRALTAR CLIFFS BUT WITH A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT LOOK
Benjamin Moore Mount Saint Anne is similar to Gibraltar Cliffs and is great if you want a lighter approach.
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- if you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
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5. BENJAMIN MOORE CHELSEA GRAY HC 168
Looking to make an impact? Then check out Chelsea Gray. This medium-toned gray color makes for a striking feature or accent wall or can completely envelop a room in its loveliness! Is it brave? HECK YA, but if you have the right room, you can make a great statement with it.
Keep in mind that while it’s SAID to be a warm gray, Chelsea Gray usually looks cool (like me in aviators) and can pick up a minor green undertone.
With an LRV of 22, Chelsea Gray has some serious meat on its bones. But, time and time again, it holds up well, even in darker spaces (when you want more of a moody look vs light and bright).
THE BEST ROOMS FOR BENJAMIN MOORE CHELSEA GRAY
- feature or accent walls
- media rooms
PAINT COLORS THAT ARE SIMILAR TO CHELSEA GRAY BUT WITH A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT LOOK
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6. SHERWIN WILLIAMS SILVER STRAND SW 7057
Silver Strand is a light, but not a washed-out blend of blue, green, and even shades of gray. It’s also a bit of a chameleon as it seems to change its look based on WHO’S LOOKING AT IT! Some call it a blue-gray, others, a blue-green, but NOBODY calls it boring.
With an LRV of 59, Silver Strand is a great way to get some color on your walls and contrast with white trim, without overwhelming a space.
THE BEST ROOMS FOR SHERWIN WILLIAMS SILVER STRAND
- bedroom or bathroom
- a room that needs to look restful and relaxing
- great for a bit of color without going TOO far
PAINT COLORS THAT ARE SIMILAR TO SILVER STRAND BUT WITH A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT STYLE
If Silver Strand is just too colorful, you might want to bump back to Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, which is a light gray with green-blue undertones. If you love that bit of color, check out Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere or the slightly darker Sherwin Williams Argos (mad love).
7. BENJAMIN MOORE ANCHOR GRAY 2126-30
Anchor Gray is STUNNING. And while not every home can handle a strong navy blue, Anchor Gray is a great way to get the navy look, without going overboard (get it?).
THE BEST ROOMS, WALLS OR SITUATIONS FOR BENJAMIN MOORE ANCHOR GRAY
- feature or accent walls
- cabinets or kitchen islands
- entire rooms, as long as they’re reasonably well-lit (check those bulbs!)
PAINT COLORS THAT ARE SIMILAR TO ANCHOR GRAY BUT WITH A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT STYLE
Of course, there’s ALWAYS Benjamin Moore Hale Navy which is a navy blue with more depth and color than Anchor Gray. I also love the more muted approach of Benjamin Moore Trout Gray, which is a VERY popular medium-toned gray with violet-blue undertones.
8. BENJAMIN MOORE WOODLAWN BLUE HC-147
Woodlawn Blue is a GORGEOUS blue paint color with just the right shade of gray to calm it down. As mentioned earlier, blue can lean either blue-purple or blue-green – this lovely one leans lightly into blue-green.
THE BEST ROOMS FOR BENJAMIN MOORE WOODLAWN BLUE
- a bedroom
- south-facing room to help balance the warm light
PAINT COLORS THAT ARE SIMILAR TO WOODLAWN BLUE BUT WITH A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT STYLE
If you add a wink of green to Woodlawn Blue, you’ll end up with a color like Sherwin Williams Rainwashed, which is equally as pretty.
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9. SHERWIN WILLIAMS DORIAN GRAY SW 7017
I LOVE DORIAN GRAY! Dorian Gray’s LIGHTER version, Repose Gray, is definitely one of the more popular LIGHT warm gray paint colors, but for me, I love the body and contrast that Dorian Gray offers. When it comes to undertones, you’ll find this soft, medium-toned warm gray can pick up a very vague purple undertone that can sometimes flash a TINY wink green (vague).
THE BEST ROOMS, WALLS & SITUATIONS FOR DORIAN GRAY
- a kinky Friday night (50 Shades of Gray reference, for those in the know)
- entire rooms that are reasonably well-lit
- feature wall, if the other walls are off-white
- small bathroom
- I also love the slightly warmer Sherwin Williams Mega Greige
PAINT COLORS THAT ARE SIMILAR TO SHERWIN WILLIAMS DORIAN GRAY
If you want a bit more depth, check out Sherwin Williams Dovetail which is particularly popular for feature walls and cabinets. Benjamin Moore Metropolis is also a beautiful medium-toned gray paint color that has a bit more warmth.
10. BENJAMIN MOORE ARCTIC SHADOWS 1559
Arctic Shadows is one of the only true greens on this page. Why? Blue has WAY more mass appeal, whereas the wrong green can actually date a space.
Arctic Shadows is a green-gray blend. So while you get COLOR, you aren’t smacked upside the head with it, which is one of the reasons why it’s popular.
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THE BEST ROOMS FOR ARCTIC SHADOWS
- entire rooms
- cabinets and bathroom vanities
- rooms with wood surfaces if you want to ACCENT the wood
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Originally written in 2015, updated with new info and photos in 2021!