Neutrals can sometimes get a bad rap. It’s understandable that eggshell, beige, and white hues are hardly the most exciting or eye-catching in the color spectrum. That’s why interior designer, Ariel Okin, has some favorite non-white neutrals that provide the perfect subtle color options for a well styled home. Read on to see her selections for the best spaces in your home!

The best non-white neutral colors for any room

Green Ground

This refreshing green is a lightened version of Cooking Apple Green, created as a background color to some of our prettiest botanical wallpapers. The paleness of Green Ground has a calming feel.

Pink Ground

This dusty pink started out as a delicate wallpaper background which was often requested as a paint color. Pink Ground, with its large dose of yellow pigment, now creates the softest blush of color for a warm and soothing finish that doesn’t feel sugary.

Borrowed Light

Evoking the color of summer skies, Borrowed Light is a wonderfully pale blue named after the delicate light that cascades through small windows and fanlights.

Elephant’s Breath

This warm and contemporary grey is renowned for its characterful paint name, originally created by John Fowler, the notable English interior designer. Elephant’s Breath reads as an uplifting mid grey with its hint of magenta, but can become almost lilac in the cooler light of west facing rooms.

Pavilion Blue

This fresh green blue is inspired by the wonderful Regency colors of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, although a little lighter in tone.

The best non-white neutrals for a kitchen and bathroom

Stiffkey Blue

This inky blue is named after the Norfolk beach where the mud, along with the cockles, share a particular deep navy hue. Although traditional in feel, Stiffkey Blue is often used as an alternative to Down Pipe to create a richly dramatic space with a more contemporary finish.


This color is part of the Benjamin Moore Classics® collection, which features Benjamin Moore favorites with timeless appeal.

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