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A Complete Guide to Choosing Neutral Paint Colors

A neutral paint color isn’t as basic as you may think. The shades in the neutral family are endless from vanilla cream to pure ivory. The first step to integrating neutrals into your home is knowing your neutrals.

According to Architectural Digest, a neutral hue does not unequivocally mean beige, gray, or white—though of course, all are part of the family, Rozit Arditi, a New York–based designer, says. It turns out the neutral palette encompasses a broad range of paint colors to complement many interior and decor styles. “We often use a dusky blush or the palest hue of blue in lieu of off-white,” Melissa Lee, a designer at Bespoke Only, in New York, says. “Hues like these can be very versatile and flattering.”

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