Always hear people mentioning neutral colours? ID may also use this term when you are choosing the colour scheme for your home. Exactly what is neutral colours?

Neutral Colours

In interior design terms, neutral generally means without colour. Neutral colours can be beige, ivory, grey, black and shades of white. To be neutral colour means under some applications these hues often have undertones. Do take extra note when u match colours.

For example, the undertones of grey are blue, green, violet and taupe. These undertones will rise to the surface, so to speak, depending on the elements in your room. Beige often has undertones that are yellow, green, red/pink and occasionally orange.

Going All Neutral

If you are a fan of neutral colours, remember to layer the different hues of the same colour to achieve a harmonious effect. It’s important to identify the undertone of a paint colour because selecting colours with harmonious undertones is the secret to creating a successful colour scheme. Interior designers and paint colour consultants know this and use undertones to create flow from room to room. Choose a lighter shade for the walls, with darker upholstery. Choose an area rug in a colour that complements the wood flooring but also is just a shade darker than the walls so the furniture stands out.

Neutrals as Background

With a neutral room, it is best to start with the walls. Choose the wall colours based on what you have in mind be it light or dark, in accordance to how much natural light the room will receive to determine the colours you want.

So if your room is large and is exposed to lots of natural light, you can consider all options. If it is small and on the dark side, a lighter neutral would likely be a better choice.

Designers also use undertone to skillfully emphasize or downplay elements within a home. For example soft olive green will intensify the warm red tones in a wooden cabinet; terra cotta will make the red tones in that same cabinet seem less obvious. It just depends on what effect you are trying to achieve.

When designers want very subtle colour, they know that it can be successfully achieved by finding a white or grey that has an undertone of the desired colour. For example, using a white that has a pink undertone can give the appearance of a pink wall without it feeling as overwhelming as using a true pink paint.

Evaluating the colour and the undertones is well worth the effort. Expertly choosing colours that harmonize is the foundation for designing beautiful rooms. It may seem challenging at first, but like most things – practice makes perfect!

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