How to Successfully Use Neutrals

Decorating with neutrals may seem easy, but we have six things that you may want to consider before you begin your next design project. Let’s take a look!  

How to Successfully Use Neutrals in Your Design:

No. One: Warm vs. Cool Tone

Before you begin exploring all neutrals have to offer, it is important to understand that there are two different types of neutrals: cool-tone and warm-tone. The undertone of neutral colors will determine whether or not they are in fact a warm or cool-tone. If the undertone consists of browns, reds, oranges, or yellows, the neutral is warm-toned. If the undertone consists of blues, purples, or greens, the neutral is cool-toned. Once you have decided on your undertone, it is imperative to decorate within that color scheme throughout the room. This will help make sure everything is consistent and flows properly. For example, if you go with a warm-toned neutral, you will want to decorate with warm tones color. This will create the seamless look you desire. 

No. Two: The Perfect Backdrop

Neutrals are incredible backdrops because they do not take away from the room. When in doubt, select a wall color that is a neutral and you can rest assured that your room’s design will work with it. 

No. Three: Layers

It is important to layer different textures and patterns in neutral colors. If you only have neutral solids, your room may feel dry and uninteresting. Instead, layer textured pillows, blankets, and even rugs to create depth and appeal. 

No. Four: Contrast

You will want to add some contrast to your neutrals to make sure that you create a well-rounded room. Be sure to use both dark and light colors throughout your space for a timeless look. 

No. Five: Light vs. Dark Paint

Neutral walls can either be light or dark. There are benefits of choosing both values. Light walls can create a clean, sophisticated look, while dark walls can create a sultry, romantic, and cozy vibe. It really depends on which look you are going for when determining which value you will want to choose. 

No. Six: All Colors Have a Neutral-Side

You may be thinking that neutral tones just include beige, gray, greige, white and black, but you would be wrong. In fact, every single color can have a neutral side to it. You can have neutral pinks as well as neutral blues. They are duller than the normal “pink” or “blue” tone, but they work well throughout a neutral-toned room. Just be sure that you pair them with their cool or warm-toned colors to make sure that it all flows together.  

How do you use neutrals throughout your space? We would love to hear your comments and feedback in the comment section below!