Design Tips: Using Neutral Paint Colours

Colour can transform a room and give it a totally new dynamic. It also has a huge effect on our mood. To me colour is expression of personality, so I don’t believe in rules on how it should be used in the home. However, I often get asked for advice on choosing paint, so for our new look blog I have put together some tips that I hope you will find helpful. 

A neutral paint colour on the walls and cabinetry is a wonderful starting point for a room scheme. It makes the space feel light and is the perfect backdrop for bold, bright fabrics, soft furnishings and furniture. Neutral walls can also be used as a base onto which materials in similar shades can be added to create a layered, textured effect. 

Large drawing room with antique side tables centred to artwork above the fireplace

Advice on brands:

I believe in using a good quality paint. It will provide smooth coverage and intense colour. Some more expensive paints may even include a primer, which covers cracks and blemishes as well as preventing the paint being absorbed into the wall in uneven patches.  

Two of my favourite brands are Farrow & Ball and Little Greene. Both have a excellent range of complimentary muted colours; a very matt chalky finish that works particularly well in period homes, and are low in VOCs, which makes them less toxic than traditional paints. 


My favourite neutrals:

Little Greene – Clay Mid, Clay Pale, French Grey.

Farrow & Ball – Pointing, Slipper Satin, Shaded White


Top tips:

Note which direction the room is facing as this will affect how the colour appears at various times of day. The colour will also look different in natural and artificial light.

Choose the fabric and material palette for the house before creating the paint schemes.

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