Throughout ages, one thing has remained true: you can’t go wrong with a lovely neutral-toned area. With our lives becoming more frenetic, we often search for the solitude of a cool, peaceful space, and a neutral palette of colors can accomplish just that. The main trick, though, to making a neutral room anything but uninteresting is to play with tone, texture and pattern.
How to Work with Neutral Colors
One of the ways to add textural interest is to use different types of fabric, such as pair smooth silk drapes with a soft, diamond-tufted microfiber sofa and woven linen side chairs. To make a neutral room feel fresh, layer the lighting and include reflective materials, such as a mirror, metal or glass, to bounce light around the space.
Close Up on the Living Room
The living room’s neutral, modern aesthetic is warmed up with natural materials, such as silk and linen, and bright accessories and ornaments. With a cozy, clean-lined fireplace, the living room offers a soothing spot to enjoy a light dessert and after-dinner liqueur.
The Positive Impact of Neutral and Earthy Tones
Neutral tones include white, off-white, beige, ecru and light gray. Neutral paint colors recede, becoming the solid milieu for decorative elements in a room. These background colors neither add nor lessen from the get-up-and-go or coziness of the space, and they hardly ever clash with stronger colors.
Shades of brown are earthy, natural tones that suggest comfort and warmth. Wood accents make a room feel warm and welcoming. Brown trim or highlights act as anchors in a room where bold colors take over. Light brown and beige are neutral shades that have negligible psychological effects, but they form artistic visual combinations with glowingly colored accents.