While we may think neutral and only beige comes to mind, there are actually a wealth of shades in this color family that compliments just about every style and home.
Whether you use neutrals to create a warm and welcoming backdrop for your walls or incorporate neutral pieces for a calm and soothing look, there are lots of combinations to try to create a stylish space in any room in your home. Our post will help you navigate the art of mixing neutrals and provide plenty of inspiration too.
What are Neutral Colors?
Generally, we tend to associate neutral colors in interior design with the ones we can’t immediately assign a color to. Shades like ivory, taupe, camel, grey, and beige, as well as black and white, can all be considered neutrals.
While they may appear to lack color, be aware that everyone will have an underlying tone so keep this in mind when mixing and matching. Some whites will appear more yellow or pink or a deep grey may have a blue undertone – you’ll find most colors and most neutrals will all have some undertone that will become more apparent when compared to other similar shades.
If you bear in mind that cooler undertones tend to mix better with other neutrals with a cool undertone and the same again with warm undertones, you’ll get a better result when mixing and matching.
Balancing Dark and Light Neutrals
If you’re looking to create a more dynamic space without the use of strong, bright color, consider mixing pale and deep neutral colors together. Black and white are a classic color combination that rarely dates and creates a sophisticated look you won’t soon tire of.
Of course, if you’d like to create a softer contrast, you can also look at combining dark grey with pale grey or deep brown with soft taupe and ivory. These colors can come into your space nearly anywhere – you may want to pair deep slate painted walls with a pale grey velvet sofa in a living room or an aged camel leather chair on a deep-pile ecru rug in a study.
Creating a Monochrome Scheme with Neutrals
If you want to soften the look, be sure to fill in the divide between these stronger and paler hues with other shades in the same family for balance to create an interesting space with depth and personality.
When choosing neutrals, consider checking out your paint chip which will often show a single color in varying intensities of saturation. Choosing shades for your space from the full range of a single paint chip will provide a soothing look that’s anything but boring.
Adding Color to a Neutral Palette
If you do want to play with some color in your room, consider choosing neutrals for your largest pieces and those that take up the most visual space like walls, floors, and furniture. The beauty of neutrals is that they can marry easily with just about any color you’d like to add to the mix.
Choose two or three complimenting accent colors for your favorite accessories and stick with a simple color palette for the most balanced result. Once again, you’ll want to bear in mind undertones so try to stick with warm colors against warm neutral undertones and cool colors to work alongside a cool neutral color palette.