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Neutrals

Aside from the colours on the colour wheel, this is where we usually move into the realm of neutrals. These colours are often the top tier choices in terms of design because due to their very impartial nature, they work in most spaces and you can often place them with a nice pop of colour and it’s very likely to work. Colours in the neutral realm involve everything from white to cream to beige and brown. And of course, you can also find black and gray in the neutral world as well.

black painted bedroom with white and taupe accents black interior design

The basics: Black, white and gray

If you think of black, especially in terms of paint colour and design, it’s obviously very bold and strong. Some people can associate black with mourning, but more often than not, there’s a strong sense of elegance and formality. Over the past several years, black has become increasingly popular in terms of paint colour and design. The great thing about black nowadays is that muted blacks are completely in style as they’re not as harsh. If you don’t want to overpower things, black also makes a great accent for a lot of rooms because it can really work to tie things together seamlessly.

neutral colour tips white painted open concept livingroom with taupe accents and green indoor plants

On the other side of the spectrum, you have white. Believe it or not, there are many options and variations when it comes to the colour white! White is the ultimate neutral because everything goes with it. It’s often connected to feelings of purity and simplicity and cleanliness. Even though white can be very minimalist, it also works as the ultimate jumping off point for expansion into other colour schemes due to its core neutrality. Also, depending on if you add a slight hue, it can help lead your space in the direction of either being more modern or classic.

On the other side of the spectrum, you have white. Believe it or not, there are many options and variations when it comes to the colour white! White is the ultimate neutral because everything goes with it. It’s often connected to feelings of purity and simplicity and cleanliness. Even though white can be very minimalist, it also works as the ultimate jumping off point for expansion into other colour schemes due to its core neutrality. Also, depending on if you add a slight hue, it can help lead your space in the direction of either being more modern or classic.

Moving into gray. In the 2020 design world, it’s often considered the most modern neutral to have in any space. Chances are, if you’re undecided of what colour to paint your kitchen or living room and you know you want to go modern, gray is always a nice choice. It’s funny because for years a lot of people stayed away from gray tones because it was often associated with moodiness or sadness. But now, it’s completely moved up to neutral modern elegance. There can also be a sense of formality and professionalism to gray, so it’s often a good choice for businesses.

The Sub-neutrals: Beige, cream & brown

Another neutral that has been popular over the years, that’s more traditional side of things, is beige or tan. Beige is unique because it can range from really warm where they take on more of a taupe-brown. Or they can go cool as well and steer more towards the creams. It really depends on which direction you go in, but beiges and tans can often give off a more conservative vibe. Also, depending on how rich the colour is, they can be more earthy as well. For the most part though, beiges and tans are such typical background colours. They simply take on the design and other colour characteristics happening around them.

open concept classic living room cream painted walls with hardwood floors and neutral accents

Moving into the creams or ivories. These colours are often what individuals decide on when they don’t want to go with white due to the sheer starkness. Cream is just a little warmer than white and it can often evoke feelings of stillness and quiet. There’s a sense of elegance and calm as well, which allows it to be a nice colour for bedrooms or someone wanting to bring in tranquility into a space.

small modern kitchen brown painted walls with wood dining table set and white hardwood plank floors

Lastly, when you think of brown, your mind will likely think of wood and the earth, due to its overwhelming naturalness. Brown is a warm neutral and it’s often associated with wholesomeness and dependability. It’s frequently used as a nice background colour. Or if you want a monochromatic look, it blends nicely with wood and stone. Brown is a great warm option too, if you’re looking to replace black or even a white. It can give such an earthy elegance to a space.

taupe painted living room with white chair and neutral accents to lighten up living room space

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