You want a unique interior that speaks to your vibrant personality, so you can’t possibly choose neutrals, right?
Wrong! Interior designers often choose neutral walls and flooring, especially for clients who want a modern design, because it provides a calm, welcoming backdrop for bold personal style. When colored walls aren’t dominating the room, you start to see how many beautiful things there are to appreciate, like the architecture of the space and the lines of the furniture inside it. A neutral backdrop also works with any style, bringing your personal tastes to the forefront with dramatic accent pieces that show off your favorite colors, textures, and designs. Another reason to choose neutral is that you’ll never experience buyer’s remorse! Seriously. When you’re in the mood for something new, you can swap out the accent pieces and create a whole new look.
1. BEIGE ON BEIGE ON BEIGE: THE LAYERED LOOK
Oh, beige. The default option for homes and apartments going to market, this neutral tone is seriously underappreciated as a design choice. However, when thought is given to this color’s tone, hue, and value, as well as complimentary colors, beige actually becomes a warm, calming backdrop that offers an extraordinary amount of variety for your personal or brand style.
Whatever mood you want to create, there’s a beige that will help you do it. Undertones range from pink and yellow to grey, while the color itself can be a pale cream or nearly brown. If you’re drawn to bright teals, turquoises, and yellow-blue colors, choose a beige with a warm, yellow undertone, which will make those colors pop. True reds against a dark, warm beige backdrop is the epitome of elegance.
The layers of beige in the wood floors, countertops, and walls in the photo above bring a calm, earthy elegance to this bathroom, which is beautifully matched by the pop of green in the foliage of the décor and the window set into the shower. The beige tones coupled with simple lines and the textures of the wood and wall, create a spa-like atmosphere that exudes peaceful tranquility.
The unsung hero of interior design, the infinite subtly of beige colors works just as well in open modern spaces as it does in cozy, bohemian designs. So if you want your personal style to set the mood, work with an interior designer who can choose just the right shade of beige to bring your style to life.
2. WHY SO BLUE? THE “COOL” CHOICE
Light, silvery blues (much like beige and tan) are an unusual neutral palette that set a soothing, tranquil vibe in any room. Calming without boring, a neutral blue palette is easy on the eye and easy to live with, whether in your home or in your business.
It also works great with neutrals or creams and can be amped up with bold color accents. Light, silvery blue-grays tend to be both versatile and contemporary, yet still blend well with wood tones, delivering the look and feel you desire.
3. TEXTURE ME HAPPY
When it comes to a neutral interior design palette, you don’t just want to see it. You want to feel it—figuratively, in your soul, and literally, with your hands. Whether smooth or rough, etched or flat, the piece de resistance of interior design is a layering color and texture that creates a complete sensory experience for anyone who inhabits the space.
Monochromatic design with saturated hues, touches of bold color, and a variety of textures allow you to bring your brand or personal style to the forefront of any room. Every design choice you make—from wall coverings and fabrics to flooring materials and colors to décor—has impact on the way people inhabit the space.