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15 Best Mushroom Paint Colors That Make for the Perfect Neutral Space

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Design: Amber Interiors; Photo: Tessa Neustadt

At the risk of sounding dramatic, painting your walls is one of the biggest design decisions you can make in your space. The right shade can transform your home's environment—not to mention it can make or break your room's vibe—so it shouldn't be taken lightly.

A neutral might be the obvious, classic choice, but the usual suspects might feel a tad overplayed. That's exactly why we're so smitten with mushroom colors. This new assortment of tones has the versatility of your favorite neutrals, but an earthy attitude that feels particularly timely—think of them as the new neutrals.

Of course, a mushroom palette isn't a one-shade-suits-all situation. With an array of taupe, gray, pink, and green undertones, there are a bunch of standout options to suit virtually any space. To help, we asked out favorite designers to share the mushroom paint colors they come to time and time again.

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Sherwin-Williams Natural Choice

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Sarah Stacey Interior Design

"Sherwin-Williams' Natural Choice is a great light taupe paint color that reads ‘mushroom,’" Austin-based designer Sarah Stacey shares. "Overall, it is the perfect alternative to white because it brings just a little more mood compared to a lighter color like Snowbound by SW. overall adding more depth to the room.:"

Natural Choice
Sherwin Williams Natural Choice $66.00
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Farrow & Ball Drop Cloth

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Kendall Wilkinson

"For this classic San Franciscan Tudor built-in 1894, we honored the classical architecture and good bones by enveloping the main living spaces in the perfect, warm neutral," designer Kendall Wilkinson shares. "We chose to paint the walls and ceiling in this soft, gray-beige from Farrow & Ball called 'Drop Cloth.' This color changes effortlessly throughout the day with the traveling light–it never casts too green or yellow and stays a true soft beige making it the perfect base for the mix of tonal patterns in cool grays and warm browns evident in the final room design."

Drop Cloth
Farrow & Ball Drop Cloth $125.00
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Benjamin Moore Plymouth Rock

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Design: Mimi & Hill; Photo: Toni Deis Creative.

"To complement a custom hand-painted ceiling made to look like stone, we pulled out the deepest mushroom tone using Benjamin Moore's Plymouth Rock," Hillary Kaplan, designer and owner of Mimi & Hill Interiors, says. "It is a perfect warm beige with gray undertones. It remains its actual color with the shifting light, and pairs perfectly with the decorative artist's work. It's the perfect foundation for the mix of gray, beige, black, and brown furniture pieces used throughout this extra large dining room."

Plymouth Rock
Benjamin Moore Plymouth Rock $48.00
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Benjamin Moore Mt. Rushmore Rock

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Design: foley&cox; Photo: Felipe Bastos.

"We used this magical shade of mushroom as a foundational element for this other-worldly dining room," Michael Cox of foley&cox shares. "The shade was the perfect base color to serve as a springboard for a custom mural painted by Anne Harris studio above the millwork that depicts fantastical flora and fauna elements. At night, when candlelight bounces from the semi-gloss panels the room becomes an ethereal playground for laughter-filled dinner parties."

Mt. Rushmore Rock
Benjamin Moore Mt. Rushmore Rock $48.00
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Glidden Smooth Stone

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Shavonda Gardner

When Shavonda Gardner spruced up her kitchen, she wanted to find the perfect mushroom hue that wasn't too dark or too light. Her choice? Glidden's Smooth Stone, a middle-of-the-road griege that pops nicely against her white backsplash.

Smooth Stone
Glidden Smooth Stone $21.00
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Benjamin Moore Quincy Tan

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Design: Piña Home; Photo: Danielle Robertson Photography.

As this space from Piña Home proves, mushroom can be a great hue for a children's space. Here, designer Cheryl J. Rosenberg employed Benjamin Moore's Quincy Tan in this adorable playroom. When paired with the pops of pigment, this hue acts as a blank canvas that is anything but boring.

Quincy Tan
Benjamin Moore Quincy Tan $48.00
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Benjamin Moore Gloucester Sage

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Style It Pretty

Or, if you want your mushroom-tinged paint to act as a pop of color, consider pairing it with a crisp white. In this powder room from Style It Pretty, blogger Zenia Olivares offset the crisp white walls with millwork swathed in Benjamin Moore's Gloucester Sage. The result? A space that's equal parts soothing and stunning.

Gloucester Sage
Benjamin Moore Gloucester Sage $48.00
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Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

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Design: Bodine White; Photo: Emily Sewell

If you glance quickly at this kitchen from Bodine White, you might think these cabinets are painted a traditional white. But, if you look closer, you'll spot the warm undertones of Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter. Translation? It's the perfect under-the-radar mushroom tone.

Revere Pewter
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter $48.00
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Sherwin-Williams Pinky Beige

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Dwell Aware

Maximalists who want to get their cut of the mushroom paint trend will love this checkered accent wall, courtesy of Dwell Aware's Amanda Walker. Here, she juxtaposed Sherwin-Williams' Gorgeous White with the brand's Pinky Beige, which is a colorful, whimsical version of the typical mushroom hue.

Pinky Beige
Sherwin-Williams Pinky Beige $66.00
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Benjamin Moore Natural Cream

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Lows to Luxe

When Lows to Luxe blogger Shaheen Khan renovated her kitchen, she aimed to make the most of her square footage; however, that didn't mean style was placed on the back burner. Here, she bridge the gap between form and function by covering the cabinet's in Benjamin Moore's idyllically earthy Natural Cream.

Natural Cream
Benjamin Moore Natural Cream $48.00
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Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray

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Stephanie Kraus

Make no mistake, Benjamin Moore's Coventry Gray is about as gray as it gets. But, when paired with brass hardware, it takes on an earthy appearance. Let this space from Stephanie Kraus show you how it's done.

Coventry Gray
Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray $48.00
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Farrow & Ball Mouse's Back

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Design: Ivey Design Group; Photo: Ansel Olson.

Farrow & Ball's Mouse's Back might be inspired by—what else?—a British field mouse. However, when used appropriately, it can be the perfect mushroom color to add to any room of the house. Virginia-based firm Ivey Design Group paired this standout shade with white walls, sleek hardware, and angular pendant lights.

Mouse's Back
Farrow & Ball Mouse's Back $125.00
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California Paints Langdon Dove

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The Lily Pad Cottage

As the saying goes, opposites attract. Kelly Rinzema of the Lily Pad Cottage transformed this once-blue space into a high-contrast haven. Here, the earthy tones of California Paints' Langdon Dove pairs nicely with the dramatic black countertops.

Langdon Dove
California Paints Langdon Dove $54.00
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Benjamin Moore's Gray Huskie

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Design: M Elle Design; Photo: Roger Davies.

Shake up an otherwise all-white kitchen with a mushroom paint color, like Benjamin Moore's Gray Huskie. The rich warm tone M Elle Design used here pops against the white backdrop, but doesn't command too much attention.

Gray Huskie
Benjamin Moore Gray Huskie $48.00
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Dunn-Edwards Shady

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Design: Amber Interiors; Photo: Tessa Neustadt.

Elevate your mushroom paint with coordinating materials. The marble countertop and backsplash Amber Interiors used here pairs nicely with the cabinets, which are coated in Dunn-Edwards' Shady.

Dunn-Edwards Shady $48.00