What Colours Go With Dulux Nutmeg White?

What Colours Go With Dulux Nutmeg White?

Choosing the right shade of white paint for your interiors is somewhat of a minefield. There is 100’s of white shades out there, but the worst part? They’re all completely different! Where do you even start?

Bright white is what it says on the tin, bright white. But it’s often not a great choice for interiors throughout as they show every scuff, mark and stain.

Not so forgiving in busy households with children and pets! You then have a huge range of whites on the market that carry different undertones. Nutmeg White by Dulux being one of them.

What Colour Is Nutmeg White?

Nutmeg White is a warm, cream neutral which features soft undertones of grey and brown to warm the shade up. A light shade that will add warmth, but isn’t clinical in a space.

This shade by Dulux is particularly great for rooms with no natural light such as a basement. A greige or warm grey like Nutmeg White is perfect for basements because there is no natural blue light casting shadows, therefore paint colours are a little bit easier to choose in instances like this.

The most important thing about choosing the right white colour, such as Nutmeg White is to understand what the undertone is that you’re working with so you can choose the overall scheme of the rest of your interiors.

Now we know that Nutmeg White has undertones of grey and brown, it’s time to explore what colours work well with this beautiful warm, white shade.

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What Colours Go With Dulux Nutmeg White?

Tonal Combinations

The best place to start is tonal combinations, these are colours suggested by Dulux that work well with the undertones of Nutmeg White.

County Cream draws on the brown undertones of Nutmeg White and I adore the creaminess that you can feel from this colour, I’d say it’s almost like a caramel shade, I love it!

Honey Mustard is a secondary pairing for Nutmeg White which borders a bit more on a mustard yellow, it’s certainly not a favourable choice for everyone. But if you are creating a wall mural, or zoning sections with different colours then these would work incredibly well together.

What Colours Go With Dulux Nutmeg White

Combination With Neutrals

To keep things neutral throughout, these shades of brown are perfect complementary colours for Nutmeg White. Dusted Cappuccino is a really pared down brown, that’s almost a slightly darker greige than Nutmeg White.

For something that contrasts a little bit more, but in a good way, Rich Earth is a decadent earthy neutral that would work well on architraves and skirting against Nutmeg White walls. The Rich Earth would really help to define the space.

What Colours Go With Dulux Nutmeg White

Designer’s Choice Combinations

For something a little more daring, Dulux always have a designer’s set of combinations for their colours. Interestingly, this always throws everything out there that there is about rules of only using paint shades with the same undertones.

Both Blue Babe and Atlantic Blue are well, blue. But when you see them as a trio together you can see how well they would work for a nautical, or coastal inspired interior.

I’d personally use the blues as a starting point in a nautical interior but incorporate them through textiles such as cushions, throws and other decorative accessories for a beautiful contrast.

What Colours Go With Dulux Nutmeg White

Olive Green

One of my favourite earthy neutrals to pair with a greige shade is a pop of olive green. With Nutmeg White walls I would weave olive green into your interiors in small doses for warmth and depth.

Think patterned olive green cushions for a bit of texture, olive green linen curtains and thoughtful decor accessories.


If you’re looking to achieve a modern decor style in your home, then you’re going to want to bring in black accents to ground the space.

Black is a more versatile colour than we think, so it works perfectly with a shade such as Nutmeg White. Use black furniture and black interior hardware, small black details is all you need to achieve this look.


Brown is a great tonal combination for Nutmeg White, it creates a really warm aesthetic whilst darker brown shades will ground the white.

You could go in with painted brown walls or keep the combination a little bit more subtle by using it in decor accessories and home textiles.

Nutmeg White is a beautiful shade of white if you’re looking for a base neutral throughout your home, but you want some warmth from it.

I can’t stress the importance of sampling paints on your walls with your finished lighting where possible as one colour can look completely different in one home to another.

There’s no denying that Nutmeg White is a neutral through and through, but you can experiment with bolder colours such as blue if you’re wanting to create a certain home decor scheme that accommodates it.

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Nicole Sage

Nicole Sage is the founder of Sleek-chic Interiors and is a highly experienced interiors writer and skilled home renovator who has a passion for all things design. She has been featured as an authority at Pinterest, Ideal Home, Daily Mail and in countless other interviews. For 8 years, Nicole has written, observed key interior trends, renovated and undertaken interior short courses at the renown KLC school where she has gained her grounding interior design principles. With a keen eye for detail and a love of creativity, she shares her expertise on the latest interior trends, practical DIY tutorials, and styling inspiration to help others transform their homes into stunning spaces. With a commitment to delivering informative and engaging content, Nicole inspires and empowers readers to explore their own unique sense of style and create beautiful, personalised interiors. Contact her at hello@sleek-chic.co.uk for interiors advice, colour questions and any commentary.

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