Many interiors blogs and home decor guidelines will wax lyrical about the importance of using neutral colors in your home decor. They’ll tell you that neutral shades make it easier to accessories, help to make your home look bigger and brighter. They’ll say that neutrals go with everything and that they open up small spaces. You might hear that neutral walls help to maximize natural light and maybe even that having a neutral bedroom will help you to get a good night's sleep. All of this may well be true. But, aren’t neutral colors a little, well, boring?
White space is great. It’s hugely fashionable at the moment. White space on websites makes things easier to read and highlights the content and photography. It’s easy on the eye, but still eye-catching. To an extent, this is also true in your home. Whites, off-whites and lighter shades do have many advantages, and they are always stylish and sophisticated. But, they can be dull. A house filled with cream walls might always be easy to re-paint and freshen up when you need to. But, does it really reflect your personality and taste? Or, are you in danger or creating a neutral box the same as every other home in your street?
Well, you’ll be glad to hear that you can have the best of both worlds. You can use neutral colors in your decor and benefit from the vast array of advantages that come with them, and you can show off your personality and have some fun with the interior of your home. Here are some ways that you can use neutral colors without being boring.
Don’t Limit Yourself
Using neutral colors in your decor doesn’t have to mean that you can only use neutral colors. Don’t feel confined to beige, cream, white and all of their variants. In a room with a neutral palette, a little pale blue or purple can really stand out without overwhelming or drawing focus from what you are trying to create.
If you want to use bolder colors with your neutral palette, go for it. Adding bold colors, bright shades and deep hues to accents and accessories can be a wonderful way to contrast and highlight. Remember, neutral colors are advantageous, but they shouldn’t hold back your creativity.
Make the Most of Natural Light
The main benefits of neutral colors are benefits because they recreate the effects of natural light, which opens up a space, highlights the features of our room, and makes things look brighter and cleaner. But nothing beats the real thing. If you want your neutrals to really pop, make the most of any natural light sources in your rooms. Do this by replacing old windows with Renewal by Andersen and keeping them clean. By adding mirrors to small spaces, and by throwing open your curtains and blinds to let light in as much as you can.
Rotate Your Accessories
Another key benefit of a neutral color scheme is that it goes with everything. You never need to worry about clashing, or about buying a piece of furniture that won’t look right. When the main elements of your home are neutral, it’s very hard to go wrong.
So, make the most of it. Accessorise. Add wall hangings and canvases. Buy pretty ornaments. Add blankets and throws to your sofa along with comfy cushions. Buy clocks and pictures, and add photographs where you can. Then, to avoid having everything out at once, or the risk of getting bored, rotate them. Give yourself options, and have different accessories for each season. These don’t have to be expensive or original. You just have to like them.
Add a Little Sparkle
Sparkle is never, ever, dull. When things shine, they scream fun and adventure. Brass fittings and fixture and copper taps can give your room's style and sophistication. Glittery photo-frames can add fun and create a positive atmosphere.
Another great option in a neutral room is adding reflective surfaces. Mirrors, yes, but also chromes, and shiny surfaces like marble. These fit well with neutral colors, complimenting them with clean lines and tones.
Bring the Outdoors In
When we think neutral, we often think of nature and natural elements. You might think about the different textures and colors of the outdoors. Bringing the outdoors in adds some fun to your home, while also improving the air quality and your mood.
Easy ways to add natural elements could be buying chunky wooden furniture or fitting a wooden floor. Wooden tables and sideboards also look great. Houseplants are also effective and have many advantages of their own. If you’ve got the space, you could even incorporate an indoor water feature.
Give Each Room a Focus Point
If you want to stick to a neutral palette without too much interference of color, things can get lost. It’s hard to focus on anything, and everything starts to look the same. That’s when things get boring.
Adding texture with different materials and surfaces is a great way to create focus and make things stand out. But another option is finding one thing in each room that you want to draw attention. In your bedroom, you could do this with a large wooden bed, covered in silky cushions and warming blankets. A bed like this could stick to your color scheme, but still, hold focus and welcome you in.
In your lounge, it could be a large and comfortable sofa. You can even draw focus in hallways and bathrooms with mirrors, plants, and pictures.
Find Unique Pieces
Perhaps the best way to make your home your own, without deviating from your color choices, is with unique, one of a kind pieces that you love. These could include antique or commissioned furniture, paintings, and other artwork and things that you have upcycled yourself. Things that you’ve bought on vacations and trips that are meaningful and create conversation are also great. But, small things like framed photos and even pictures that your kids have drawn can make your home unique.