Neutral usually means “without color.” White, black and grey which are actually non-colors are named neutrals, but in decorating, the pallets of neutral is more wider, including beige, ivory, taupe, black, white and grey.
Contemporary neutrals moved beyond tan and beige which is so outdated. Neutral paint includes now lots of variations of traditional neutrals which provide wonderfully rich, earthy, or mineral tones like warm-grey- greens, cool stone grey, warm white and cream.
Contemporary neutrals have underlying tones which might emerge when a large
side of your home is exposed to morning, mid-day or evening light. For example, beige might have an undertone of pink or tan or gold. White might be slightly ivory, yellow, bluish, or peachy.
With neutral tones, you can never go wrong. A neutral backdrop creates a welcoming interior when mixed with warm textures such as rough wooden elements, gold accessories, linen and brushed velvet.
Neutral colors are perfect for bold and accent pieces of furniture or lighting. Also, it allows the color scheme by different colors of the furniture without having to change to wall colors.
Colors are actually non-verbal communication. They send subtle or not-so-subtle messages. They have meaning to the sender and create physical and emotional reactions in others. We see colors and we perceive meaning by interpreting the tone and intensity or softness of the color.
Cool colors tend to have a calming effect. At one end of the spectrum they are cold, impersonal, antis-pectic colors. At the other end the cool colors are comforting and nurturing. Blue, green, and the neutrals white, gray, and silver are examples of cool colors.
Warm colors convey energy, emotions and passion ranging from simple optimism to strong violence.
The warmth of red, yellow, pink, or orange can create excitement or even anger. The neutrals of black and brown also carry attributes of warm colors.
A real surprise is when instead of pop of color we can use something else which will add that ” je ne sais quoi” which translates “a pleasant quality which is hard to describe” to the every room.
A Pop of Greenery
A real changing plant or moss which goes so well in AC conditioned and wet rooms that brings a refreshing and organic feel to a room. That small touch will enhance the neutral palette and breathe additional life into the space.
Green plants are a great complement to neutral colors, while wood finishes bring warmth to any space.
A Pop of Texture
A wood ceiling or wall, a metallic piece of furniture, leather chair – its an wow factor which will add enough warmness – a minimal but enough effect.
A Pop of Glimmer
When using gold metal finishing, glass lighting, it adds plenty of flair without leaning on rainbow hues.
Neutral colors help to put the focus on other colors or serve to tone down colors that might otherwise be overpowering on their own. To some extent blacks, browns, tans, golds, and beige are considered warm. While white, ivory, silver, and gray are somewhat cooler colors.
Yet these warm and cool attributes are flexible and more subtle than that of reds or blues.
If you love modern minimalism, intricate traditionalism, simple Scandinavian, rustic southwestern, or French country décor , neutrals will likely play an important role in your successful décor. Vary the neutrals’ use in geometrics for a simultaneously classic and relevant appeal.