Every home has a story to tell, especially true of many unique apartment buildings in New York City. Striking contrast is an excellent way to draw attention to interesting architectural features like crown molding, chair rails, built-ins, and neutral colors, making it effortless to create. We share our favorite neutral paints to enhance your home’s accents.

Create an Exquisite Neutral Color Palette

A neutral palette with three colors will give you creative freedom without the headache of finding brighter shades to mix in. Choose your favorite neutral; complement it with the same color, one or two shades darker, and top it off with a cream or white. Our favorite neutral triad is Benjamin Moore Frosted Café 2098-70, Benjamin Moore Atrium White OC-145, and Benjamin Moore Flax 2098-50 or Benjamin Moore Wisp of Mauve 2098-60.

Mix and match these neutrals throughout a space – Use Atrium White OC-145 on the walls, Frosted Café 2098-70 on trim, and Flax 2098-50 or Wisp of Mauve 2098-60 on built-ins or arches. You can also choose one of these colors to use in every room to give the interior a cohesive whole-home design.

The Best Shades of Gray in NYC

The undertones of the gray you choose will play an essential role in the décor of a space. South-facing rooms are perfect for grays with cool undertones, like Benjamin Moore Cape May Cobblestone 1474. This elegant, versatile neutral creates an exquisite backdrop for Benjamin Moore Cocoa Butter 1023, an effervescent hue with gentle pink undertones. A gray with warm undertones, like Benjamin Moore Ashley Gray HC-87, is an ideal balance for the cool, blue light that enters north-facing rooms.

Our Favorite Beige Paint Colors

Like other neutral hues, there are several shades of beige to choose from. The blend of gray, green, and beige in Benjamin Moore Seaspray 941 makes it exceptionally versatile. You can create a dramatic space by highlighting accents with the rich orange and brown tones of Benjamin Moore Fiery Opal 077 or a more tranquil area by using the blue-green hues of Benjamin Moore Aegean Teal 2136-40.

Benjamin Moore Grant Beige HC-83 blends equal amounts of gray and beige to create a highly versatile color that pairs well with bold hues. Try using Grant Beige with another neutral, like Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal HC-166, which features varied undertones. We also love the warmth of Benjamin Moore Delaware Putty 240. Its blend of khaki and stone makes it an excellent choice for creamy white, slate blue, and sage green.

Shop Neutral Paint in NYC

Which neutral shades do you find yourself gravitating to? Janovic is the city’s leading Benjamin Moore paint and Hunter Douglas window treatments, and our team will help you bring the beauty of neutrals to every area of your home.

Visit one of our many paint stores across New York City, including Chelsea, Gramercy Park, Hell’s Kitchen, Long Island City, Soho, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Uptown West, Yorkville, and The Bronx, or book a complimentary in-home consultation today.

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