Natural Colours – Styling A Neutral Interior Without Using Grey
Muted greys and rich charcoal colours are popular in homes, creating a neutral interior. But what do you do if you don’t like grey? Introducing the return of earth tones, where toasty warm, off-white colours are encouraging people to paint their homes beige!
A neutral interior is perfect for any home. Whether you choose to use stone or ivory, neutral colour schemes are the ideal choice for any interior style statement. Neutral interiors are anything but boring, instead creating a cool, classic look and, regardless of style, neutral works with everything!
A grey-on-grey colour scheme creates a room that appears clean, welcoming and warm, and personally I love it. But not everyone likes the colour grey. Therefore, here are some earthy alternatives, perfect for helping you achieve a neutral interior.
A neutral interior is perfect as it suits almost any style. Soft sandy colours, off-whites and wooden accents work for a modern, traditional, eclectic, or rustic style, as well as many others.
As with fashion, the trend for homes is inspired with 70’s style, infused with hues of warm brown. Charlotte Cosby, Head of Creative at Farrow and Ball, said “there is a real movement toward brown based tones and warm woody neutrals, stepping away from the cooler greys.” Beige is the new grey, it brings a warmth and sense of calm to a space. Create your perfect neutral interior by using tonal shades of beige mixed with stone, natural wood and linen to create a serene feel to your home.
The Dulux Colour of the Year for 2019 was recently announced as Spiced Honey. A warm amber/dark beige shade that helps to reflect a new mood of positivity and optimism. By opting to use earthy neutrals, rather than white or grey, you are creating a warmth that will radiate through your home.
What I love about these earthy colours is that they can be incredibly tactile. Layering textiles is the key to creating a warm, well-designed, neutral interior. This can be seen in the Scandinavian design trend. Scandinavian design is minimal, with a focus on simplicity and functionality, using natural materials and neutral colours.
Beige is the new grey, it brings a warmth and sense of calm to a space. Create your perfect neutral interior by using tonal shades of beige mixed with stone, natural wood and linen to create a serene feel to your home.
Incorporating Colour Into Your Neutral Interior
Textural elements of a room can sometimes be overlooked, especially if you choose to style with bold colours. A neutral interior creates a welcoming feeling, especially when paired with warm textures such as natural wooden elements, shiny tiles, linens and brushed velvets. Bold colour may omit the layer of textural design, which could make your room feel unwelcoming. However, if you still love colour, you can still include bold features.
With a neutral background, you can still show off your personal style. A neutral interior allows the likes of high-quality furniture and the architecture of the room to be noticed. Then you can add elements of your personal taste.
Opt for a bold, geometric print cushion or a blush chaise lounge to have as a feature piece. You can also tie in other colours to evoke different settings. Use a dark pine green to create a cosy forest feel that you can accent with gold. Or you could warm your earth-toned space with a mustard colour throw.
By opting to use earthy neutrals, rather than white or grey, you are creating a warmth that will radiate through your home.
A neutral interior is also perfect as it suits almost any style. Whilst soft sandy colours and wooden accents are great for a modern home, they also work for a traditional, eclectic, or rustic style. These colours are a great style statement for a neutral interior. They allow the texture and architectural elements of your home shine through, plus, if you decide you need vibrant hues, then you can simply add a few inexpensive accessories in a bold colour.
The best feature of neutral colours – you will never grow tired of them. Neutral will always be a classic! So don’t worry if you don’t love the grey trend, design your home in natural wood, cool stone colours and ivory. This will help you achieve the perfect neutral interior!
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