25+ Neutral Colors and How to Choose |

Each year, I find myself being drawn to neutral tones more and more. 

When I was younger, I thought that brighter was better, but I now realize how well neutral colors withstand the test of time.

Whether I’m decorating my home with neutrals (literally all I use), purchasing essential clothing items for the season, or painting my nails, I always gravitate towards simple, classic tones.

Neutral nail colors are especially lovely. It’s always fun to do a bright pink or red – trust me I get it – but good neutral nail colors will go with literally any outfit you choose.

There are many different shades of neutral nails and different nude colors in general, depending on the season and occasion.

This post will hopefully help you figure out exactly what neutral shade you’re looking for and why!

What Colors Are Neutral?

Neutral nail colors come in a surprisingly wide variety of shades. Neutral tones are basically any colors that won’t show up on a color wheel. They generally don’t compete with other colors but instead act as a supporting background shade.

You can easily break neutral colors down by looking at the main groups of neutral colors: white, beige, grey, black, brown, and blue. 

Some of these color groups will overlap (for example, a warm, pearly off-white might have a hint of beige) but these are generally the main groups that any neutral nail colors will fit into.

Tips For Choosing a Neutral Nail Color

Almost any neutral nail colors will work with most outfit pieces, so it can actually be pretty hard to choose. I like to start off by figuring out what neutral colors work best for the current season.


While color is always in fashion during the spring, neutrals look really beautiful as well.

Soft pearly whites, light pink tones, nude colors, and gentle beige and grey tones always look good. Spring is all about soft colors.


As one of the most vibrant seasons, summer is the best time to go colorful, but if you’re wanting to stay classic and opt for a neutral (as I often do), you can get a little bolder.

A bright white, lighter grey or beige, or blue tone (including navy) will all look great in the summer.