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Designing with Neutral Colors

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The neutral colors of the floors and walls in this kitchen allow the bright orange chairs to be a striking accent.

In an earlier blog post, we discussed the projected color trends for 2016. Many designers predicted that muted pastels would be the dominant color scheme for this year. While muted pastels are definitely a popular color choice, it seems that neutral colors are also making their way onto the design scene. Neutral, earthy tones are always a great choice because they work so well with other bright accent colors and are a timeless choice that will always look good in your kitchen or bathroom. Here are some tips for using neutral colors in your home.

How to Choose the Right Neutral Tone

Neutral colors come in warm and cool tones, and choosing the wrong tone can result in a jarring effect with the existing colors of your kitchen or bathroom. Warm neutrals have tonal qualities of yellow and gold, while cool neutrals have tones and hues of blue. To figure out if your neutral color of choice is warm or cool, pick a color card with a color that you know is warm and another with a color that you know is cool. Hold up the cards next to your neutral color to see which color it looks best with. If you are stills stumped, try asking one of our color consultants for help!

Bringing Nature into the Home

Nature is full of neutral colors, from the deep chestnut color of wood to the golden tan of sand. Decorating with neutral colors is a great way to make your home feel more natural. Neutrals don’t just have to be on your walls, either! You can incorporate natural elements everywhere in the home. Try using window treatments that are a pale pink blush. Opt for wood floors instead of tile. Consider a natural stone backsplash in the kitchen or bathroom. Decorate with houseplants for accents. There’s no end to decorating with neutral colors in the home!

Establish a Balance

Contrast is key to creating a dynamic look in the home. Having a home that is solely decorated with neutral colors can look boring and unappealing. Likewise, you want to make sure that your bright accent color is not going to overtake the room. A good rule of thumb is to use neutral colors for major fixtures that are not likely to change, like your flooring, walls, and countertops. Choose an accent color that matches with the tone of your neutral color, then use that color for impermanent items, like chairs, window treatments, area rugs, or an accent wall. The right balance of neutral tones and bright accent colors can create a flow and balance that is pleasing to the eye.

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