"When you hear 'gray' you think dreary, but this is a wonderful gray that has a lot of light in it, especially when paired with white trim. Even on a dreary day it looks good. Plus, it's a color that works well with so many other colors. It's absolutely beautiful with peacock blue accessories."
-- Mary Hickey, Minneapolis designer
Classic Gray 1548 by Benjamin Moore
Gray is becoming the ultimate neutral because it looks good with almost any color. Classic Gray is a modern neutral that creates a light and airy feeling yet adds more warmth to a room than basic white.
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"Easy on the eye, easy to live with. It's a robin's egg blue-green with a bit of muddiness to it. I always like my colors a little muddy."
-- Melissa Birdsong, Lowe's vice president of trend design and brand
Blue Arrow 5001-3C by Valspar
Blue is a popular wall color because it goes with almost any wood tone. Blue Arrow is a versatile color that is calming without being boring.
"This pale gray-blue is soft and soothing. It's kind of like sea glass where it can look blue or green -- and it works with both. And it's great with neutrals or cream. I've used it in a beach house, a traditional home, a sorority house -- so it has a lot of flexibility."
-- Janie Hirsch, Atlanta designer
Sea Salt SW 6204 by Sherwin-Williams
Gray-blue is a color that's both modern and classic. It has the versatility of a blue and the contemporary cool of a gray. Sea Salt will look great with almost any accent.
"This is my go-to whenever a neutral, but not boring, background is needed. It's a chameleon color. It has the amazing ability to read either warm or cool and never fails to make its surroundings elegant in any light."
-- Mandy Lowry, Atlanta designer
Clay Beige OC-11 by Benjamin Moore
Beige works well in any room and with any accent hue. Clay Beige is an off-white hue that suits any environment.
"This is the perfect cafe au lait that puts just enough color on the walls to warm them up. Even the biggest colorphobes can commit to this pale tan."
-- Elaine Griffin, New York City designer
Savory Beige 3002-10C by Valspar
Just like any great neutral, Savory Beige (also sold in some regions as Churchill Hotel Ecru) looks good everywhere and with everything.
"When I'm using a color rather than a neutral for walls, I pick in the golden range. With a little tone of green peeking through, this yellow is not so intense that it's overly dramatic. It's warm and embracing - not one of those overly cheerful yellows. It's a subtle yellow you'll never tire of."
-- Barry Dixon, Washington, D.C., designer
Gervase Yellow 72 by Farrow & Ball
Yellow is a popular wall color because it brightens rooms and is versatile enough to go with almost any style of furniture or accent. Gervase Yellow is a muted hue that has these attributes yet isn't too intense for rooms with lots of natural light.
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