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Neutral tones

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Decorating with neutral colours is always known and referred to as the safest option when it comes to interior design—no bold colours, outlandish textures or clashing prints can be found when you choose to employ this style. The beauty of a neutral colour palette is that the possibilities for future changes are endless. If you're the sort of person who bores of a room quickly, by keeping the base palette limited, you can add quirky little decorations every month, every week or whenever you so desire. 

Neutral also doesn't necessarily mean boring. Nature provides us with many stunning neutral features like wood grain and stone. Of course, the general rule in this scenario is to complement, and not clash. For example, you can use one colour, and change the intensity. But be wary, don't over saturate the room with one shade, and if you add too little, you risk the room being too stark. The keywords to achieve success in this style are: balance, harmony and unity—phrases you will hear used throughout this article. So today, at homify, we will be showing you some examples of stunning neutral interior design concepts that are full of personality and sophistication, and that are anything but dull and lifeless.

Softly spoken

​If you prefer to keep the larger items of furniture muted, you can easily add delicate accents and details in another way. In this picture, a soft swirl of beige flows in the carpet design, is highlighted further by the gold picture frames on the wall. Furthermore, the chandelier, each light bulb with its own miniature lampshade, is another object that is subtle, yet plays an important role in the overall feel of the space. A neutral colour palette requires you to play with finer details in a different way—it's a matter of finding elements that complement, rather than clash with one another. This in itself can be quite a difficult and arduous task, so, as with anything, enlist the help of a professional if you worry that your room will turn out to be a sea of beige instead of a monochromatic masterpiece. 

Stairway to heaven

House Shoeman interior:  Corridor & hallway by C7 architects
C7 architects

House Shoeman interior

C7 architects

​This example perfectly describes how small bursts of colour, on a largely muted scheme, add personality and fun. Items as simple as a bright blue vase and a yellow hat stand, add a completely new dimension to the space. We love how the designers have chosen to paint the stairwell a rich shade of chocolate brown; an unusual, yet visually effective choice. By choosing brown, the space looks warm and inviting—more so than if it were left white. Texture has also played an important role in the overall look of this room. The beautiful marble bench, accompanied by the feature wall and rendered staircase, plays with different shades and intensities of grey and brown for a unified, and somewhat eclectic finished product.  

How now brown cow

International Prop Award Winner-Best Interior Design Singapore 2013:  Living room by Design Intervention
Design Intervention

International Prop Award Winner-Best Interior Design Singapore 2013

Design Intervention

​Staying on the topic of brown, here we see a fantastic display of caramel—a colour which has not been explored in depth since the 60s and 70s. Having a quasi retro feel, this room oozes with personality despite its largely white base. The caramel leather sofas and sculptural coffee table, add to the vintage appeal. We also love the nautical themed paintings and photographs which line the back wall. On top of this, the very subtle pattern on the cushions further emphasises the chosen colour palette. You can be sure to relax and recline in this harmonious setting. 

Beautifully beige

​A neutral colour palette is recommended for a bedroom more than any other room in the home. Given the sole purpose of this space is to sleep and unwind, it is understandable why bright colours and loud patterns are not recommended. To create a haven of respite and solitude, you can use this photo as guidance. Here, you can see how varying patterns in a humble shade of latte, have been used to create both a point of difference, and balance at the same time. And if you look closely, a touch of bronze has very carefully been added to lift the room from monotone to serene. 

Squeaky clean

Just like the bedroom, the bathroom is another room in the house that we use to get away from all the worries and stresses that creep up on us during the day. Generally speaking, the preferred colour for a bathroom is white, but if used entirely, can look sterile and banal. In this image, the striking geometry added by the base of the bathtub, towel rack and picture frames, completely saves this space from turning into the aforementioned. The most important fact remains; upon viewing this image, all we can think about is filling the tub up with some bubbles, and kicking back after a long day at work.   

Outdoor escape

Neutral colours are not limited solely to interiors, in fact, they serve as a wonderful palette to an outdoor area too. ​Beige and brown obviously match green perfectly—they are colours which Mother Nature herself has created. Too often we see outdoor spaces made up from deep and dark colours, quite possibly because we perceive items of furniture in this style, to be easier to maintain. Dark colours are prone to fading, which of course, will not happen to a light coloured outdoor setting. Once spring has well and truly sprung, you can easily throw this kind of thing in the washing machine and voilà! Like new again! The pictured space is great for one, two or a larger group of people to party or to relax and of course, once summer comes, and all your flowers are in full bloom, you can enjoy them alongside your outdoor setting, instead of fearing they'll clash.  

What are your experiences with a neutral colour palette? Let us know below..
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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