Interiors painted in neutral colors – white, gray, black, and beige – can be just as warm and inviting as their more colorful counterparts. But if you don’t pay proper attention to them, you risk living in an insipid and dull space. And we don’t want that to happen, right?
When it comes to interior decorating, neutral colors are as popular as ever, and there are good reasons for this. They are elegant, serene, welcoming, and never go out of style. And unlike stronger colors that can be difficult to match, neutrals work with almost all other colors and are especially well suited. But there are several factors that you must take into account when decorating with a neutral color. But first of all, what are the neutral colors?
What are the neutral colors?
There is a lot of debate about defining the neutrals when it comes to colors, but generally, all those colors of low saturation or intensity are considered neutral.
Traditionally, the colors that are considered neutral are:
Warm and cool neutral colors
However, keep in mind that all these colors can have different tones and shades and can be considered warm or cold (which does not make them less neutral).
- Warm colors have a stimulating effect.
- While cool colors tend to be calming and relaxing.
So warm pigment paints are ideal for decorating living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens to keep conversations alive. Most neutral colors have some red, yellow, green, or blue shades that create a feeling of warmth or coolness. Even in the bathroom decoration, a neutral color (whether you choose a cold or warm tone) is especially suitable to create a calm and inspiring atmosphere, and that invites you to spend a lot of time in it.
How to decorate with neutral colors
Decorating in a neutral color scheme is generally considered “safe,” but a room with a neutral color can be very bland and boring if you’re not careful. If you’re decorating a room with neutrals, be sure to do it right.
Here are a series of ideas and tips:
Play with textures
When decorating with a neutral color scheme, one of the most important things to do is play with as many textures as possible:
- Wicker furniture
The texture is what will create the most interest, albeit subtly. And this is very evident in the minimalist decoration. When it comes to using textures in white or painted rooms in neutral colors, you will rarely sin excessively. Whenever possible, use fabrics, such as blankets, furs, and cushions, on top of sofas and chairs. You can also dress the floors with warm and lush rugs, such as the precious and desired Moroccan Beni Ouarain rugs.
Art, prints, and photographs on the wall
To decorate walls and break the monotony, you can play with various pictures and photographs.
Furniture and Accessories Shapes
When all the colors in a room are almost the same, the shape takes center stage. Don’t just buy furniture at random. Think seriously about the table and accessories’ shapes, since they will be the absolute protagonists, especially in a modern style living room, where simplicity and visual lightness are so important.
To add even more interest to a room painted in a neutral color, it’s great to have some architectural details. Think of things like siding, paneling, ceiling medallions, and even a fireplace. These details can significantly affect a room painted entirely in white, gray, or beige, more so than their colorful counterparts.
Every room painted in a neutral color needs some warmth. Part of this will be provided through textures, but including materials such as wood can be very helpful, as in Nordic bedrooms. You can put up some wooden coffee tables or side chairs with wooden legs. Warm metals like brass and bronze can also help add warmth.
Change the decoration according to the season
Interiors painted in neutral colors are highly versatile and can benefit from seasonal changes. When the weather turns colder, roll up the sisal rugs and replace them with darker colored pieces. And on the contrary, when the good weather starts, replace the curtains with linen ones and change the bedding for lighter colors.
Neutral colors are soft, subtle, and combine effortlessly with other colors. And also, they are super elegant. What else do you want?