Neutral Paint Color Advice

Can someone suggest a neutral shade (white or other) to paint an entire loft? The ceilings are extremely high and I like the open and unified look. I have wallpapers that I like in the hallway and the bathroom. The one in the hallway is patternless and works fine. It gets compliments and it is a great background for art. Even the wallpaper with the pattern is neutral.


I have a couple of oriental rugs, patterned dining room chairs and orange red living room furniture which is slowly fading, but I love the way that is happening. The walls are very high and the staircases are open.

Maybe these details aren't helping. Are there general rules about when to use cool or warm neutrals?

By Dorothyonah from Minneapolis, MN

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May 11, 20090 found this helpful

I'm sure lots of people will disagree with me, and that is as it should be since paint colors and decorating is all a matter of opinion, but since you have orange red living room furniture, if it was me I wouldn't choose green wall paint. When I see a room decorated in green and red, it always reminds me of Christmas.

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May 12, 20090 found this helpful

Hi, how about banana cream yellow(a very pale yellow) from Sherwin Williams (go to a Sherwin Williams (one in Robbinsdale, Brooklyn Park, Apple Valley, that I know of for sure!), and ask about it. I found it on one of there color plates that they give out. If you'd like the exact info, I can look for it. I just painted my kitchen, and it is just soothing and beautiful! I have orange, red, green and brown accents, and it is a great backdrop color for them.

Jamie from MPLS MN

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May 12, 20090 found this helpful

We painted our open plan with a color called cafe au late. It's a creamy beige with greenish undertones in certain lights you see more beige in others the green but it is is so subtle. Check it out. We had it made up in Walmart, and then in Sherwin Williams.

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May 14, 20090 found this helpful

How about a camel or desert tan, which has some yellow tones. I also think you can go with more bold colors.

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