Paint Color Reveal Picking The Best Neutrals

Picking the paint for your home can be a daunting task with so many factors to think about from the color itself to the finish to the lighting for each specific room over the course of the day to your furniture. When our home's previous owner agreed to paint all of the walls before we moved in, I was ecstatic. We settled on a neutral palette since we were still working through the "under contract" process and it leaves the most room for varying decor schemes. I'm drawn to neutral paint colors as my way of getting that bright and airy aesthetic without having to rely on all white furniture that is so hard to maintain.

After browsing endless samples of neutral paints that are surprisingly similar and painting test samples on the existing walls in literally every room to check the lighting we ended up with colors I am really happy with. At the top of my favorite neutral list is Sherwin Williams Shoji White. It's a warm white with some beige undertones that we ended up using in the majority of the house. I'm sharing the color in a few of our rooms so you can see how the color looks with differenty lighting. This color really works in a range of lighting from more dimly lit to bright. 


Our Living Room

Lighting: Low natural light. Rooms faces North


shoji white blue door living

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Lighting: Great natural light all day, faces South and East. 



Guest Room

Lighting: Southern, Eastern and Northern 

Here's a good before and after our of extra bedroom which I will be turning into my office from yellow walls to the Shoji White. I LOVE the new look! 

My next favorite neutral coming out of this was Sherwin WIlliam's Popular Gray. There are so many great grays out there that it's definitely a tough color to narrow down and choose one. I picked Popular Gray because it paired really well with our warm floors and could stand up to the bright light in the rooms we painted it in. Here is our before and after of the dining room that went from a bright yellow to a warm gray, Popular Gray. 

Popular Gray, Matte Finish

Dining Room

Lighting: South, West

dining room popular gray

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Popular Gray, Matte Finish


Lighting: Great light all day - Southern, Eastern and Northern light

The last color I choose for the house was Accessible Beige for our bedroom. It's a lovely griege that is a bit deeper than all of the other colors I picked in the house. It was a little too dark for some of the rooms with more natural light, but I loved it in our north western facing bedroom.

Accessible Beige

Master Bedroom

Lighting: North and West 

For more tips on picking paints for your home check out 4 easy steps  on how to pick the perfect paint color