Tips For Choosing Neutral Paint Colours

As a Dulux Colour Consultant I am often asked about how to choose neutral paint colours.

I love neutrals and the many combinations that can be created with them.  Having said that, I always treat them with the respect they deserve.  If you become complacent with them, you’ll soon wish you hadn’t.

When we talk about neutral paint colours, we mean a vast array of white, beige and grey colours.

These colours have undertones of another colour, which alters how they appear and they can be warm or cool colours.  Undertones can be red/pink, yellow, green, blue or purple.

If you are looking for a neutral colour to go with an existing feature or paint colour, a tip is to pick warm neutrals to go with warm colours, and cool with cool.

I have compiled a list of warm and cool white, beige and grey Dulux paint colours (with their undertone in brackets.)

Feel free to choose these colours with more confidence and create a beautiful and cohesive neutral colour scheme in your home.


Antique White USA (red)

Whisper White (Green)

White Duck Quarter (Green)

Silkwort (Red)


Manorburn (Blue)

McGinley (Green)

Grey Pail (Blue)

If you’re painting your home to sell, choose a warm neutral if you can.  They tend to feel more homely but this choice does depend on the style of your home and the existing colour scheme you are working with.

Next week I will dedicate a whole blog to choosing grey colours. Everyone is loving grey at the moment but they are not easily chosen.  Stay tuned and I’ll give you my tips and another list of favourites.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to choose paint colours, I am teaching a course called “Colour For Interiors” on November 4 2016 at the iscd campus in Melbourne.

It is a one day course run as part of the School of Real Living – a partnership between iscd (International School of Colour & Design) and Real Living magazine.

It will be advertised in the next edition of Real Living magazine or you can enquire directly with iscd.

If you’re unable to make the trip to Melbourne and would be interested in attending a colour course in Gippsland, let me know.  If we have enough interest, I’d be happy to share my tips and tricks.

Don’t forget that Dulux have a colour consultancy service.  My colleagues and I take all of the stress out of choosing your paint colours and you receive a cash back offer when you purchase Dulux paint.

Choosing neutral paint colours.
Choosing neutral paint colours.

I’m always looking for more blog topic ideas. If you could pick my design brain, what would you like to know about preparing your home for sale, choosing paint colours or renovating your property? Let me know below, I’d love to hear from you.

2 Replies to “Tips For Choosing Neutral Paint Colours”

  1. Hi Michelle, im intetested in your course in either melb or gippsland. I work at bk kitchens in bdale and think it could benificial learning more about colors. Do you think this would be a good course for me given i don’t want to learn about paint colors!?

    1. Hi Lauren, thank you for your comments. I have just started as the interior designer for Blays homes so we will be getting to know each other quite well. I specified my first home for them last week at their selections centre. I am hoping to do future kitchen specifications from your showroom. The Real Living course is not paint specific, but colour for interiors specific. So that would be something you’d enjoy. I will stay in touch with you over the next month or so and discuss.

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