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How To Use A Neutral Color Palette in Interior Home Décor

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"

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Lately in interior home décor,design, fashion and even technology we have seen the use of vibrant color emphasizing more and more designs, dazzling with energy, animating faded interiors and inspiring playfulness in every direction. Contemporary homeowners have slowly moved with the mass media and design professionals from the 90`s trend of beige and cream. While this trend gains more and more attention everyday the design professionals are capturing a timeless design in black and white and shades of gray client less and less often, easily color over saturating the market and becoming less of an accent, more of a kitsch sadly.

 Nobility and elegance is captured in pieces that are becoming accents trough the shape of space, trough spatiality not color only, a timeless design like the Eames Chair will always maintain its crown. With this article we are militating for the importance of the neutral color pallet, for the shades of gray that are shaping trough light and shade. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication after all.

Exquisite Bedroom in Neutral Colors Offering a Stylish and Serene Retreat
Exquisite Bedroom in Neutral Colors Offering a Stylish and Serene Retreat

by Tamara Magel Studio

An even more crucial aspect is that most of the people that have committed to color are not considering redecorating every season or two, they tend to choose neutral tones because they can`t decide on a bold and sincere approach.  Decorating an interior with neutral shades requires attention, requires accents and bold design lines. A neutral background should either be a statement with for its own existence through high contrasts of black and white for example, or it should be a background for an accent, a wallpaper for your point of interest that can be a bold red, teal or purple. Using neutral palettes wrong can generate a faded and unwelcoming environment where everything seems worn out and old.

1. Clean & Simple Subtle Shades of Neutrals

A neutral color scheme naturally consists of more then one tone, it`s natural to be inspired by nature, in no place in nature you`ll find just one tone of color.  Basically there is no limit on the range of shades that you should use but you should combine them properly whether you are using them to complement or contrast with something.  Gray is a clear choice by default but gray as well comes in a variety of tones this offering you limitless possibilities. The advantage of using just gray in an interior is that you can use the tone-on-tone very efficiently: you can combine cool hoes with warm and cold ones and create a highly fashionable interior decor; this however is in most cases a background, you should consider using a focus object noticeable trough shape and volume.

Custom Hand Painted Screen and Multiple Shades of Grey Shaping a Bedroom With Exceptional Aesthetic Values
Custom Hand Painted Screen and Multiple Shades of Grey Shaping a Bedroom With Exceptional Aesthetic Values

2. Tantalizing Textures

Without proper organization we often emerge ourselves into the world of colors and furnishing without considering one of the most important aspect in design: textures. Textures are shaping interiors, are densifying the decor and completing materiality. Textures can easily become the much needed accent in a neutral color palette, they can introduce an elegant noble vibe or a contrasting playful one.A soothing apparel can be obtained trough textures of different kinds: natural fibers like bamboo or wicked can define a more soothing and relaxing aesthetic while a black leather couch can give the space an air of superiority and luxury.

A simple rug along with a Pashmina and two three pillows can change the entire space in the living room. The best part is that these accessories are cheap and can be change every season to match the mood and design line of the holiday dictating these changes.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”

by Elad Gonen

Simple Bedroom with Gray Walls and Drapes in Cream Glowing Beautifully
Simple Bedroom with Gray Walls and Drapes in Cream Glowing Beautifully

by Brian Dittmar Design

3.Glittering Gold or Shiny Silver

In the last years these two have caught the well deserved attention of interior designers and hardware manufacturers as well. Bright metallic accents of both gold and silver are in style at the moment, even mobile terminals aligning to these pure and timeless color schemes. These movement surges great inspiration from the retro designs materialized in the 60`s-70`s fashion modern reinterpretation of the silver, gold and copper finishes. In the worldwide design circles individuals like Tom Dixon, have embraced and enhanced this trend. Tom Dixon done it through Gentleman’s Club, this particular individual has set the rules and stole the show at  Milan Design Week this year.

Soft Colors and a Glittering Gold Screen in a Superb Spatiality
Soft Colors and a Glittering Gold Screen in a Superb Spatiality

The possibilities and options are limitless and the accessories can be found easily in any color and material by a design professional. Whether you are looking for simple pendants, elaborate chandeliers, smart or timeless chairs, subtle vases and luxurious one of a kind nightstands. Everything with a dash metal can contrast or complement the composition ensemble. These can become accents easily, be careful not to overdo it .

Simple Large Mirrors on a Neutral Color Palette Adding a Hollywood Regency Charm
Simple Large Mirrors on a Neutral Color Palette Adding a Hollywood Regency Charm

by dSPACE Studio Ltd

4. Variety Expressed Through Geometric Patterns

If somehow you were unable to create contrast through textures color or shades don`t you worry. You can contrast and complement alike through huge varieties of geometric shapes. Most of our homes , most interior spaces are defined by simple straight lines more then anything. From time to time an odd curve ball here and there can break monotony in an extraordinary manner. Varied geometric shapes are enhancing the dynamicity far more effective then using different contrasting color shades.

Through unique unusual shape we break monotony. A unique coffee table that stands out through remarkable aesthetic values or a a plush ottoman with an unusual interesting shape can change everything. Inspiration can be found in absolutely anything, from internet to nature, you just have to look for it. There are thousands of DIY guides meant to aid you in your first projects as an craftsman and an artist.

Eclectic Living Room Inviting You to Use Multiple Textures, Shapes and Color
Eclectic Living Room Inviting You to Use Multiple Textures, Shapes and Color

by Corynne Pless Photographers

5. An Ode to Nature

It`s normal and natural for sustainable design and eco-friendly materials to gain more and more importance everyday. This segment today is far more then a fashion statement despite popular belief. More and more design professionals and manufacturers are trying to reduce impact on the environment and use natural materials more often. This generated a big variety of products that can blend in absolutely any design line today, especially in neutral color schemes. Rattan and bamboo furniture is durable, lightweight and easy renewable. This type of furnishing can be happily used outdoors as well in the backyard terrace or by the swimming pool.

You can simply add coziness and warmth in your interior neutral color palette by using different finishes that can lead to beautiful contrasts or you can simply complement your existing design line.

Different Textures Forging a Great Mixture of Classic and Modern
Different Textures Forging a Great Mixture of Classic and Modern

by Caroline Bass Citi Habitats

6. A Dash of Black and White Magic

Nothing defines or sharpens a space composed of neutral colors more then black. Black is simply the most noble and elegant tone existent and it should be used and perceived in this matter in any interior. Black can shape an interior, can point to an accent or become one itself, it can demarcate spatiality and emphasize architectural features of any kind. Black is simply timeless if used properly and it should remain so. Study your interior properly before you decide to use black and handle it with care, do not hesitate to contact a professional if you feel the need to.

Various Shades of Black White and Gray Combine in a Contemporary Living Room Design
Various Shades of Black White and Gray Combine in a Contemporary Living Room Design
Scandinavian Style Dinning Room Embraced by Black and White
Scandinavian Style Dinning Room Embraced by Black and White

by Jennifer Hagler

7. Dazzle with Lighting

Light has a crucial role in absolutely any interior design but in neutral color palette it`s even more important. The shades and hues can be enhanced or worsened so studying the positioning of the light sources and the way the illuminate is very important. It`s essential to maintain and emphasize the design line adopted through lightning, you should be able to make a room filled with light hues lighter, through light and in the same manner you should be able to darken a room composed out of dark hues.

Enhance the space through light, let it breath through it, in most cases we desire an open and airy space able to be lighten by ambient light magnificently once the dusk sets .

Example of a Tone-on-Tone Design Style With Various Shades of Gray
Example of a Tone-on-Tone Design Style With Various Shades of Gray

by Vanni Archive/Architectural Photography

Magnificent Bedroom in Gray Using Lighting to Introduce Shading That Signal the Difference Between Light and Dark Shades
Magnificent Bedroom in Gray Using Lighting to Introduce Shading That Signal the Difference Between Light and Dark Shades

by Michael Abrams Limited

You have probably already noticed that the more remarkable and inspiring interior designs are the simplest. Interior design is not about what you can add but about what you can take away, it seems simple but it`s actually very hard to adopt such a lifestyle in which everything is always in its place. It`s the natural order in this world which we try to alter continuously.

Trendy Living Space Looking Dashing With Subtle Green Accents
Trendy Living Space Looking Dashing With Subtle Green Accents

by Leclair Decor

A Neutral Color Scheme Allows the Rare Colorful Additions to Become Accents and Shine Through
A Neutral Color Scheme Allows the Rare Colorful Additions to Become Accents and Shine Through

by Suzie Parkinson from SÜZA DESIGN

 

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