Exact Gentle Neutral Paint Colors Designers Used in Showhouses

Anyone surprised I’m painting AGAIN today? We’re making over our closet, and since we’re installing white cabinetry and towers, I am painting walls a gentle neutral for contrast. Choosing colors for spaces without windows? Not the easiest. It helps to view photos online, and it’s always an inspiring collection of interiors and decorating ideas inside each year’s Southeastern Designer Showhouse! Will you be visiting this year’s showhouse? Do let me know and share any pics in case I can’t get there before June 4th! I have admired this springtime traditional event in Atlanta from afar (thanks to designer Sherry Hart’s coverage each year!). The paint colors contributing designers share is always a highlight. I hope these Gentle Neutral Paint Colors Used in Designer Showhouses are helpful you as you choose colors for your own spaces at home.

SW Pure White paint color in beautiful #SEShowhouse22 kitchen by Cathy Rhodes Interiors (scullery, bar & pantry by Joyful Designs Studio) - photo: @dhcphoto; cabinetry: @bellcabinetryanddesign; flooring: @europeanwoodcompany

Gentle Neutral Paint Colors to Try Now!

It helps to have a place to begin when you’re seeking gentle neutral paint colors to sample. Why not start with ones that got the the thumbs up from an interior designer? In this particular collection of paint colors, we’ll explore showhouse paint colors from a handful of beautiful interiors and exteriors.

Neutral paint colors are designer picked from showhouses: SW Pure White, BM Oystershell, and SW First Star. #neutralpaintcolors
SW Pure White paint color on walls of kitchen, scullery, bar, pantry in Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2022 - Cathy Rhodes Interiors. #swpurewhite #neutralpaintcolors
SW Pure White paint color in beautiful #SEShowhouse22 kitchen by Cathy Rhodes Interiors (scullery, bar & pantry by Joyful Designs Studio) – photo: @dhcphoto; cabinetry: @bellcabinetryanddesign; flooring: @europeanwoodcompany

1. Sherwin-Williams PURE WHITE

What was wonderful about this white paint color on the walls of 2022’s Southeastern Showhouse kitchen is how we can see it with the warmth of wood cabinetry as well as cool and boldly blue painted cabinetry.

SW Pure White paint color on walls of kitchen, scullery, bar, pantry in Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2022 - Cathy Rhodes Interiors. #swpurewhite #whitepaintcolors
SW Pure White on walls of kitchen in SE Designer Showhouse 2022 – Gentle Neutral Paint Colors to Try

To see more interiors with SW Pure White, see THIS helpful paint color story!

2. Benjamin Moore OYSTERSHELL

How serene is this tone on tone bedroom from 2021’s showhouse!?!

BM Oystershell paint color in a beautiful bedroom designed by Kati Hardwick. #bmoystershell #neutralpaintcolors
BM Oystershell in bedroom 3 of SE Showhouse 2021; Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles; Designer: Kati Hardwick, B.D. Jeffries; Photo: Emily Followill

These neutrals with soft green undertones are so gorgeous with natural linen when you want a cozy cocoon retreat.

3. Neutral Paint Color Idea: SW First Star

The newly constructed 8,000-sf showhouse from 2021 located steps from Buckhead’s Chastain Park, had five bedrooms, seven baths, pool, loggia, gardens and a finished basement. Completed by design-build team Benecki, SOURCE, William T. Baker Residential Design and Land Plus, here is the beautiful exterior:

SW First Star paint color on exterior cornice of SE Showhouse 2021. #swfirststar #exteriorpaintcolors #neutralpaintcolors
Tuxedo at the Park, the 2021 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Southeastern Designer Showhouse.

Sherwin-Williams First Star is the name of the paint color on the home’s exterior cornice above. Care to see a little more of that beautiful home? Tour it here:

So beautiful, and I have even more paint colors for you to consider!

Neutral paint colors from Benjamin Moore I love - Hello Lovely Studio. cOME FIND 3 Neutral Paint Color Ideas from Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2020. #paintcolors #benjaminmoore #seapearl #pashmina #maritimewhite #whitepaintcolors #hellolovelystudio
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4. Benjamin Moore SEAPEARL

It can be a tricky challenge to choose the right white for an exterior so it helps so much to watch design professionals at the top of their game guide us!

Breathtaking front door and entry to traditional style white stucco mansion in Buckhead. The 2020 Southeastern Designer Showhouse 'Villa Flora' is painted Benjamin Moore Seapearl and trim is Benjamin Moore Pashmina. #paintcolors #seapearl #benjaminmooreseapearl #pashmina #benjaminmoorepashmina #houseexteriors #housecolors
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles – Villa Flora’s exterior is painted BENJAMIN MOORE Seapearl – trim is Pashmina.

(Above) 2020 Southeastern Showhouse exterior (Builder: Jason Cole, Cole Construction | Interior Specifications and Selections: Cydney Mitchell and Brittany Stafford, Source
Beneficiary: The Atlanta History Center). It’s so sophisticated and the picture of timeless tranquility thanks to Seapearl and Pashmina.

Benjamin Moore Seapearl paint color. COME FIND 3 Neutral Paint Color Ideas from Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2020! #paintcolors #benjaminmooreseapearl #seapearl
BENJAMIN MOORE Seapearl is part of the Off-White Color collection, inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile.

Easiest way to see if a color is right? Order samples to be delivered to your door with Samplize (a peel and stick sheet of “paint” to stick on your wall and easily move around to other walls!).

Care to see more Seapearl?

Luxurious living room designed by Amy Morris for "Villa Flora" the 2020 Southeastern Designer Showhouse. #livingrooms #interiordesign #luxurydesign #showhouse #amymorris
Interior Design: Amy Morris Interiors (Photo: Sherry Hart)…certainly stunning indeed.

Go inside for the 2020 tour!

The style? “As close to Santa Barbara as you can get without moving” with plaster walls, unique finishes, pools, and a turfed rear courtyard as well as trails punctuated by original sculpture.

Here’s the neutral color in a bedroom:

Stunning traditional style white bedroom designed by Phoebe Howard. COME FIND  3 Neutral Paint Color Ideas from Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2020! #bedroomdesign #phoebehoward #interiordesign #benjaminmooreseapearl #traditionalstyle
Design: Phoebe Howard/Mrs. Howard & Max & Company; photo: Sherry Hart; paint: Seapearl…sophisticated indeed.

Not a paint color, but a pretty detail to note!

Sumptuous creamy bedding chosen by Phoebe Howard for the 2020 Southeastern Designer Showhouse. #bedroomdecor #bedding #phoebehoward #whitebedrooms #interiordesign
Detail of bedding (photo: Sherry Hart)

Traditional Style White Bedroom With Seapearl

Stunning traditional style white bedroom designed by Phoebe Howard. COME FIND 3 Neutral Paint Color Ideas from Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2020! #bedroomdesign #phoebehoward #interiordesign #benjaminmooreseapearl #traditionalstyle
Interior design: Phoebe Howard; photo: Sherry Hart; paint: Seapearl.

Do you love Seapearl with these warm wood tones?

Serene, sophisticated, stunning white bedroom by designer Phoebe Howard for the 2020 Southeastern Designer Showhouse. #bedroomdecor #phoebehoward #interiordesign #whitebedrooms #traditionalstyle
Photo: David Christensen for AHL; Interior design: Phoebe Howard…certainly lovely indeed.

It’s pretty amazing in this bath with glazed tile and brass hardware:

Zellige tiled backsplash in luxurious bathroom of 2020 Southeastern Designer Showhouse. #bathroomdesign #zelligetile #luxurybath #bathroomvanity #southeasterndesignershowhouse
Photo: Sherry Hart; paint: Seapearl…in case you admire terra cotta bliss.

Ever seen a curvy shower like this one?

Curved tiled shower in the 2020 Southeastern Designer Showhouse. #showers #bathroomdesign #tiledshowers #luxurybath
Look at that glorious tile!

SEAPEARL Paint Color With BM Stonington Gray

Seapearl by Benjamin Moore is the white color above the paneled wainscot in this powder room while Stonington Gray is the paint color on trim. #powderroom #paintcolors #benjaminmooreseapearl #benjaminmoorestoningtongray #seapearl #stoningtongray
via TabulousDesign – Walls: BENJAMIN MOORE Seapearl; Trim: BENJAMIN MOORE Stonington Gray…in case you need inspiration.
Seapearl white paint color from Benjamin Moore on the walls of an entry in a modern farmhouse by Veranda Estate Homes. #seapearl #benjaminmooreseapearl #paintcolors #interiordesign #entry #modernfarmhouse
Veranda Estate Homes – Walls: BENJAMIN MOORE Seapearl; Trim: BENJAMIN MOORE White Dove…in case you need paint color inspo.

5. Benjamin Moore PASHMINA

Benjamin Moore Pashmina paint color swatch. #benjaminmoore #benjaminmoorepashmina #pashmina #paintcolors
Pashmina is part of the Affinity Color collection: a sophisticated palette of harmonious hues designed to express your color vision with confidence.
Breathtaking front door and entry to traditional style white stucco mansion in Buckhead. The 2020 Southeastern Designer Showhouse 'Villa Flora' is painted Benjamin Moore Seapearl and trim is Benjamin Moore Pashmina. #paintcolors #seapearl #benjaminmooreseapearl #pashmina #benjaminmoorepashmina #houseexteriors #housecolors
Villa Flora’s exterior is painted BENJAMIN MOORE Seapearl – trim is Pashmina (Exterior Lime Biodomus Full Coverage Lime Finish by STRUTTURA).
The kitchen island is this beautiful coastal cottage is painted Benjamin Moore Pashmina. COME FIND 3 Neutral Paint Color Ideas from Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2020! #PASHMINA #benjaminmoorepashmina #paintcolors
Kitchen island painted Pashmina – see more of the Lisa Furey designed space (photo: Lindsey Shorter) HERE.

6. Benjamin Moore MARITIME WHITE

Benjamin Moore Maritime White paint color swatch. #paintcolors #benjaminmoore #maritimewhite #warmwhites #interiordesign
BENJAMIN MOORE Maritime White is also part of the Classic Color Collection.

See Maritime White Outside of a Showhouse

Maritime White (Benjamin Moore) paint color on the walls of a coastal style entry in a luxurious traditional home - Kotzen Interiors). #paintcolors #benjaminmooremaritimewhite #maritimewhite #interiordesign #coastalstyle #entry
Kotzen Interiors – paint color in entry: BENJAMIN MOORE Maritime White…in case you admire coastal elegance.

Pause for a personal note…

As I mentioned at the beginning, we have turned out attention to making over our bedroom closet. While it is a good size, I have never liked it so never moved a thing into it and let my husband live with it as is. I also never used our bathroom and claimed another one across the hall. Finally it’s time to give ourselves a beautiful closet now that the bath is done, and he may even let me have a little room in it. šŸ™‚

Mary Oliver quote about standing wherever I am to be blessed on Hello Lovely Studio. #maryoliverquotes #personalgrowthquotes #strugglequotes
Neutral paint colors from beautiful showhouses in case you need ideas for your interiors!

My husband also has autoimmune issues so our DIY takes longer now, and that’s just fine. We have come to embrace a new normal where rest and recovery are essential. And we don’t take any of the small stuff for granted. As we do the impossible, we celebrate the victories with wonder. How can two people muddling through somehow complete challenging projects and chapters?

Brene Brown inspirational quote about courage, belonging, vulnerability, and integrity. #brenebrown #inspirationalquotes #wisdomquotes #selfkindness #spiritualtransformation #quotes #vulnerabilityquotes #couragequotes #selfawareness

He models courage, perseverance, and strength. And I help with vision, balance, and perspective. To become too attached to outcomes is to set ourselves up for disappointment. Yet we are all tempted to cling. Holy indifference for me, is a part of daily life including my chronic illness and even renovation.

Barbara Brown Taylor inspirational quote on Hello Lovely Studio about loving the neighbor. #inspirationalquotes #barbarabrowntaylor #spiritualquote #faithquote #lovequote

When I consider the wise words of BBT above, I think of my husband and our sons and how I long to love them more purely in this way. How I long to stop fixing and convincing and allow myself to be freed. I am a broken record these days when it comes to talking about wanting to live more freely. It is possible, but usually not without changing our habits, boundaries, and relationship dynamics. Not without growing and doing the hard work of inward journeying.

Brene Brown inspirational quote about courage, belonging, vulnerability, and integrity. #brenebrown #inspirationalquotes #wisdomquotes #selfkindness #spiritualtransformation #quotes #vulnerabilityquotes #couragequotes #selfawareness

Thank you for visiting this blog. What a strange wilderness the internet and social media have become. I hold all of it rather loosely, knowing the landscape could change in an instant. Helping with paint colors is a small thing, yet I can help in small ways with great love.

A Look Back at Past Showhouses

Inspiration from 2018’s Southeastern Designer Showhouse

My favorite Atlanta designer, Sherry Hart of Design Indulgence, snapped these photos in 2018:

2018 Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta. Photo: Sherry Hart.
Interior Design: Beth Webb; Wallpaper: Iksel for Schumacher; Xanadu Landscape in Bone…hello lovely indeed!

Traditional Style Living Room by Beth Webb

Living Room. Interior Design: Beth Webb. Wallpaper: Iksel for Schumacher; Xanadu Landscape in Bone. 2018 Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta. Photo: Sherry Hart.
Neutral Paint Colors from Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2020…interior design inspiration as well as resources.

I shared my fondness for the designer’s gorgeous book An Eye for Beauty right here in this story.

Living room with geometric limestone mantel. Interior Design: Beth Webb. Wallpaper: Iksel for Schumacher; Xanadu Landscape in Bone. 2018 Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta. Photo: Sherry Hart.
Living room with geometric limestone mantel; Interior Design: Beth Webb; Wallpaper: Iksel for Schumacher; Xanadu Landscape in Bone…hello lovely indeed.

English Country Mud Room by Helen Davis Hanavich

Mud room - Helen Davis Danavich. 2018 Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta. Photo: Sherry Hart.
Cowtan & Tout grasscloth on walls; Interior Design: Helen Davis Hanavich.

I spy hardworking Savannah Utility Baskets to store essentials beautifully in this gorgeous mud room!

Traditional English Country Kitchen by Matthew Quinn

Kitchen Design: Matthew Quinn/Design Galleria. 2018 Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta. Photo: Sherry Hart.
Lead glass fronted doors on cabinets; Kitchen Design: Matthew Quinn/Design Galleria.

I may or may not have three timeless marble bowls upon my counter this very instant…classic indeed.

Kitchen Design: Matthew Quinn/Design Galleria. 2018 Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta. Photo: Sherry Hart.
Antique Pewter Hardware on Cabinetry. Kitchen Design: Matthew Quinn/Design Galleria. 2018 Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta. Photo: Sherry Hart.
Antique Pewter Hardware on rift-cut limed oak (with grey-beige stain) cabinetry.

English Country Style Butler Pantry

Butler Pantry. Kitchen Design: Matthew Quinn/Design Galleria. 2018 Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta. Photo: Sherry Hart.
Butler Pantry – Kitchen Design: Matthew Quinn/Design Galleria…stunning indeed.

Easiest way to see if a color is right? Order samples to be delivered to your door with Samplize (a peel and stick sheet of “paint” to stick on your wall and easily move around to other walls!).

Neutral paint colors are designer picked from showhouses: SW Pure White, BM Oystershell, and SW First Star. #neutralpaintcolors
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White Slipcovered Sofa
SHOP MY HOME!
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
White Matelasse Quilt on MY BED
SHOP MY BATH!
Trees White Wallpaper Mural
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
White Cotton Crochet Bed Skirt
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Rattan Basket With Lid
White Ruffle Bedding
Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Upholstered Dining Arm Chair
Shop My Breakfast Nook
White Matelasse Quilt
Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Tray Side Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Wreath Doormat
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing