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Going Neutral

People tend to go neutral when they’re about to sell a house or when they can’t decide on a color. How many times have you said, “Just paint it beige for now”? But neutrals can be sophisticated and even dynamic if done right.

Here are our tips for going neutral plus three of our favorite neutral palettes.

Less is More

When creating a neutral space, less color means you can often do more with pattern. Subtle patterns and textures combine to add depth and interest. Vary the scale of your patterns and feel free to go wild with the prints. The neutral color palette will ensure your zebra rug plays nice with a floral drape.  

Pick Three

Neutral rooms look static and dull when only one color is used. Choose at least three main tones for the room. This will make it feel cohesive, without feeling flat.

Blend It 

Consider a neutral palette when two rooms blend together such as a kitchen opening into a family room. By keeping both rooms neutral you expand the space and ensure an open flow.

Enjoy the View

If you have a room with large windows facing an incredible view, you’ll want to keep it neutral. This will create the effect of bringing the outside in.

Mix it Up

With a neutral backdrop anything goes. The neutral palette creates a blank canvas on which you can let your creativity run wild. Mix trendy furniture with antiques and/or display a gallery wall of photos and paintings.

All Over Neutral

When you go neutral in every room in the house, you can pull out each room’s special character. Go for a Southwest décor theme in one; opt for mod in the second, and glam up the third. A neutral palette makes it easy to swap out your style whenever you feel the urge to redecorate.

Take a Rest

Anywhere you want to feel calm and centered, a neutral room will do the trick. Consider neutral for your home office, bedroom, and living room. You may even use a neutral palette in the bathroom where it will expand the small space and put your face in a natural light.

Make it Dynamic

Neutral doesn’t have to be serene, however. Make it pop by using contrasting colors (grey and white, for example) and add a variety of shapes and textures. For added interest, include a burst of bold color such as yellow, red, or orange with a single chair or accent pillow.

Three No-fail Neutral Palettes

  1. Grey + white + wood tones: This dynamite combination always wins. The contrasting grey and white add depth while the natural wood tones add texture and interest.
     
  2. Warm ivory and taupe: This sophisticated palette will put everyone at ease. Try it in the bedroom or use it to expand a small living room or den.
     
  3. Varying shades of grey: Grey is often overlooked, but it creates a cool and calming atmosphere and an open backdrop for nearly any design style.