Using Neutral Colors Effectively

We’ve seen the 2018 colors and you want to re-paint but splashing Behr’s “Spirit Warrior” or “Life is Good” all over your walls is just not you. You’re more the … neutral type.

Neutral doesn’t have to mean boring. Neutral colors aren’t all “builder beige.” Today’s neutrals are soft greens, grays, and blues with black, navy and white used as well. They may not make the same dramatic impact as walking into a room with turquoise walls and coral furniture (thinking about being in the Bahamas here — those colors work there all the time) but there are some real benefits to having neutral backgrounds.

If the background colors are neutral then you can use accessories like pillows, artwork, lampshades, towels and shower curtains to add your color and style. When you start seeing red over all the red you have in your house start swapping out some pieces for another color that suits your new mood. Towels and throw pillows are a lot less expensive then couches and so much less time-consuming than painting a room.

I already talked about using gray and brown so we’re going to skip those. (See “Gray is the New White” if you need to catch up.) Those are the most common neutral colors but they aren’t the only ones. Most of us don’t think of a soft blue as a neutral but look how beautifully it works in this living room.

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Again, here is a soft blue with crisp white cabinets in the kitchen. Very nice!

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One doesn’t often see neutrals in the bedroom unless the home is going on the market. We want to make the bedroom space very personal. Here a soft rose is being used. It feels fresh and feminine without being overbearing. A great neutral to use in a girl’s room. – but wouldn’t drive the boy that might be sharing it with her crazy.

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This living room is using a combination of ivory on the walls and white on the trim. It’s unusual but it works.

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Most modern rooms have very white walls. This modern living room is using a soft green instead. It highlights the modern furniture, the plants in the room and outside the windows, and the painting on the wall.

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This is a favorite of mine. Using soft blush in various shades is becoming a top neutral. It’s warm, clean and friendly without being too beige.

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I love this photo because you can see the neutrals used in three rooms: green, brown and yellow. Great job in all three!

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I hope this helps as you think about your painting project for this spring. Please let me know what you decide to do.

My Thanks to the folks at www.diyhomedesignidieas.com for the use use of their photos.

Gray is the New White

And brown is the new black.

Black and white are still all over the place but the rules are changing on how they are being used. I know — try to keep up – if you can.

Take a look at this kitchen from homedit.com:

This is a typical country kitchen, and you would EXPECT to see white cabinets. These are a light gray instead and they work beautifully with the rest of the room.  So if you’re tired of white, try something a little cooler.

Another place famous for using white is in the bathroom. What if we mixed in some gray there? Take a look at this bathroom from houzz:

Gray And White Bathroom Design Ideas, Pictures, Remodel, and Decor:

We still have the usual white on top in the mirrors and upper cabinet, but the lower cabinets, backsplash, floor and walls are all done in gray. The end result is clean and fresh, but not cold.

What about the new trend in brown? Well, we’ve seen a ton of black and white rooms with colorful accent pieces. Here’s a gorgeous bath from myhouseidea.com that does it in brown:

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Isn’t it beautiful? It’s much less of a contrast, and much warmer. Here’s another one from DIY Craft and Home Design:

White, cozy, shabby chic decor:

Rather than introduce another color, they kept the accent colors the same as in the baskets and walls. Very simple.

So don’t be afraid to use colors in your home that suit YOU! I’d love to see what beautiful rooms you have created!