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3 Neutral Color Palettes for Your Home

Let these 3 neutral schemes from professionals guide you in picking the perfect palette for your space

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela (Main Photo)

To complete your home’s look, you must choose the perfect color palette. These colors can help create the certain vibe that you want for your space.

If you want to make your condo unit or small space look spacious, you can work with neutrals. Three design professionals share three neutral color schemes that you may want to consider.

Read the original article ("Real Living’s Ultimate Swatch Guide”) in the April 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

White, Gray, and Black

“The three best neutrals for me are white, grays (preferably taupe and ecru), and a bit of black as accent to give depth. For neutrals, I usually refer to Ralph Lauren paint swatches. They have a wider range of gradation especially for neutrals.” — Athena Maramag, junior designer of Design Hirayama+Quesada

RL Tip: The stylish contrast between dark and light gray create a youthful and elegant vibe in any home. Try painting your walls with alternating vertical stripes to create an illusion of a bigger space.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

White, Beige, and Dark Gray

“The neutral colors I often use in interiors are white, beige, and dark gray. For paints, Boysen or Davies are good brands to use. However, I do not have a specific color code because my choice of paint color varies, depending on the intensity of the color I want to use for an area.” — Pauline La’O, interior designer

RL Tip: Experiment with patterns! Create contrast by adding a checkered throw or chevron-striped pillows on your sofa.

Photo by Vincent Coscolluela.

Yellowish White, Gray, and Mocha

“The best neutral colors for me are white with a hint of yellow, light gray, mocha or tan. For neutrals used as an accent, dark shades of grayish brown and black brown are good options.” — Richelle Baria, architect

RL Tip: Neutrals in natural shades like brown and cream work well with other colors. Pair a wooden bed frame with vibrant sheets or consider placing a lamp with pastel-colored lampshade on your bedside table.

Yellow (Ace Paint- New Canvass E40), Light Gray (Ace Paint-Italian Marble D12-2), Mocha or Tan (Ace Paint-Peanut Brittle C20-6 and Ace Paint-Toasty Tan D18-5), Dark Shades of Grayish Brown (Ace Paint- Wool Coat D12-5, Ace Paint-Milkweed Pod D11-6), and Black Brown (Ace Paint-Beer Barrel).

 Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

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