Neutral palettes are a good base while giving your home a paint make-over for a classy, soothing, elegant ambiance.
The correct neutral colors go with everything, giving a beautiful canvas to work upon, making it possible to create extremely chic, versatile rooms. They can be spruced up with colorful accessories and are easy to match with furniture.
Keep in mind the following points when you opt for a neutral color palette:
• There has to be sufficient contrast so that the whole neutral look does not end up looking boring.
• A neutral color combination might look lifeless if the room does not have access to good natural light.
• Curtains, window draperies, slipcovers and pillows should all be in sync with the neutral theme.
• The undertones or second shades associated with neutral colors are gold, peach, tan, yellow etc.
A subtle neutral color palette is both an end in itself or provides an ideal backdrop for bold statements. They never go out of fashion and blend easily with the surroundings.
How to choose a neutral color for your home
Subtle, neutral colors provide an excellent backdrop for walls and ceilings. White is the perfect backdrop for bold artwork and contemporary furniture. Colors look great against a background of white. Even a tinge of color will make a difference in the overall look. Inject a bit of color by painting the doors and window frames in a contrasting color to enhance the white on the walls. Whites also contrast well with rich, dark furniture colors. Even off-white can convey a feel of richness and depth.
To give your home a warm, comfortable rustic feel, use dark neutral shades of brown, rust and black. While opting for browns and greens, choose a lighter or softer shade of these colors that have a touch of earth tone in them, for instance a more faded or antique olive green.
Gray is a neutral color that will work on the walls in most any decorating scheme. Even the palest shades of gray will shimmer when sunlight enters the room and give off a warm glow when offset with undertones of white or cream. Grey is associated with sophistication, offering opportunities to decorate in black and white.
As a standalone option, beige might look drab and uninspiring but it provides numerous options in terms of furnishings and decorative accents. When using beige, add a tinge of lighter or darker neutrals to make the room look lively.
Why neutrals are the preferred option
Neutrals offer a comfortable alternative to jarring bright colors. They create a fabulous background for other colors to dominate. Neutral hues make hallways and other small areas appear more spacious than they really are; they are a good choice for living areas because they go with any color of furnishings. But remember to have small accents of color to break the monotony of a completely neutral pallet.
If you intend to sell your house in the future, then it’s better to opt for neutral colors for better resale value as most prospective buyers seem to prefer a neutral palette.