Neutral colors in your interior design produce a calm and elegant environment, but there is always a slight risk of boredom. When designing their home, people usually go for the neutral as the safest approach, but it’s not an easy task to make an effective neural design. In order to make your home a memorable place, you don’t need to turn it into a colorful luna park, it’s enough to add pops of color here and there. Also, the neutral background can be complemented with other bold elements of interior design. If you are looking for the neutral feel, that doesn’t mean you can’t play with colors. Here are some tips how to refresh your interior design without using bold colors.
Under the surface
Although neutral in interior design means without color, neutral colors like ivory, taupe, beige, black, grey and shades of white usually have different undertones. For example, white color can be slightly yellow, bluish, ivory, or peachy. You can play with this underlying tones to create the sense of variety in a subtle and neutral way. Just use different hues of the same colors.
Create variety, keep the balance
It’s always good to create a warm and cool balance in order to achieve harmony. And don’t forget the natural light factor. When separating walls from upholstery, use the light shade for the first and darker for the second. If you make your walls darker the room will seem smaller, closed up and much darker, especially if there’s not enough natural light.
Use the light
The same way the natural light has an impact on the color palette, you can also use artificial light to add the atmosphere effect. Adding floor and table lamps of different intensity can create some extra variety. This is also a good way to turn dark corners to interesting accents. Just make sure you don’t overdo it – lighting the whole room with bright light can actually make variety disappear. It is best to use dim lights with the clever organization of lamps.
Elements that are usually overlooked in the interior design process are textural ones. Even if they require slightly more complicated alterations, they’re very important element, especially when it comes to neutral setting, because they create the feeling of depth. The right use of stone and tiles combined with the right use of light can create beautiful shadow patterns. Also, choosing the rug in bolder color can really make your neutral setting come alive.
When you decide to freshen up your interior design, you have to be ready to say goodbye to old things that don’t fit into your new vision. Usually, the biggest problem is the old furniture, where the issue can be both the color and the texture. You need to free the space for the new pieces that will complement your neutral style. It’s not recommendable to throw your old furniture out because you never know if you’ll need it again, and it’s not a cheap investment. You can put it in your basement, but it’s quite probable that conditions down there will ruin it for any future use. The best option is to put it away in some of the supercheap storage units where it will be protected from filth and weather conditions, under professional care.
Another interesting way to enrich your walls without bold colors is to use artwork and accessories. Besides the fact it will add some extra colors in details, it will also infuse personality into a neutral palette. Oil paintings or large-scale photographs will really pop up on neutral wall colors. You can also spread accessories across the room – trays, bowls, and ceramics with interesting and engaging patterns. Just make sure you don’t turn your house into a museum of kitsch.
Nothing is definite – the conclusion
As I said at the beginning, interior design should be a playful process, full of research. You might not need bold colors, but you should make bold choices. Try various combinations of colors and move decorations around. Aesthetics is important, but it’s most important how you feel in your new home. Don’t throw away stuff just because they don’t fit in your current idea. Style comes from the way we feel, and in human nature is to change constantly.
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Victoria is a lifestyle writer and a true home improvement and DIY fanatic in constant pursuit of trying something new. She’s in love with life, love, and self-love. Her fields of expertise include home decor, interior and exterior design, landscaping and walking a dog for miles and miles. Psychology is also a topic she likes to explore along with some nice cup of green tea, where she’s sometimes making a difficult decisions about which tea would be perfect for her next cup. You could say she’s an avid tea-drinker.
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