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.
Sherwin-Williams Natural Choice
"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.:"
Farrow & Ball Drop Cloth
"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."
Benjamin Moore Plymouth Rock
"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."
Benjamin Moore Mt. Rushmore Rock
"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."
Benjamin Moore Quincy Tan
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.
Benjamin Moore Gloucester Sage
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.
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
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.
Sherwin-Williams Pinky Beige
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.
Benjamin Moore Natural Cream
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.
Farrow & Ball Mouse's Back
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.
California Paints Langdon Dove
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.