Decorate with neutral colors, and make your home an oasis of peace.

How to decorate with neutral colors

Choosing colors for space decoration and interior design is a complex step in the process of preparing the environment. The most eye-catching colors may get the attention at first, but there is a risk that over time it will become tiresome and boring.

Neutral colors can be a safer bet for peaceful environments or simply to be part of the daily routine.

What are neutral colors?

Neutral colors are those that blend into the environment and are able to be present in a space without attracting attention.
The essential and most used are white, beige, gray, black, and some browns.
Each color individually presents a series of sensations that when combined correctly create the desired harmony.

White brings purity, gives a sense of cleanliness, and is the perfect canvas on which to expose our design. Linen can be a great ally if you want to use this color.

Beige tones have a soft warmth, and convey calm, tranquility and gentleness.

One or more elements in gray will express sobriety, shelter, coldness, and eclecticism, so you will need to rely on warmer tones to make comfortable environments.

Black is always a sign of style, personality, and adds depth to the room.

Browns can be a good support point to harmonize and decorate warm spaces, especially if we have natural materials such as woods and clays, which will add very interesting and unique textures.

At the same time, each neutral color can have an undertone, which, depending on whether it is closer to blues or reddish, will be compatible with cool or warm ranges.

Styles to match neutral colors

When you start working and decorating with neutral colors, doubts may arise about the style you had in mind will be able to fit with the palette you want. In the case we are dealing with, it is very simple. Neutral colors are very versatile and go well with many different styles:

Decorating with neutral colors
  • Nordic. Probably the most popular style of the moment. Embrace the simplicity of smart designs.
  • Rustic. An aesthetic that invites you to return to the most natural elements. Ideal for vacation homes, or simply to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
  • Classic. Slightly more loaded designs, but always with a touch of class. This style allows for a great deal of customization.
  • Industrial. It seeks the union between functionality and design, with natural and simple elements and materials such as wood and iron.
  • Modern. The search for interesting shapes and compositions can marry perfectly with neutral colors, which will give prominence to the most striking pieces in the room.
  • Minimalist. It is committed to "less is more", prioritizing quality over quantity. It uses neutral colors to avoid flashy tones that distract from the constant sense of calm that is sought.
  • Wabi sabi. Style of Japanese inspiration. Philosophy that seeks beauty in imperfection with natural materials and craftsmanship, and rejects industrial elements. industrial elements. Neutral colors are easy to find in nature, and are therefore nature, and therefore are ideal for lovers of this lifestyle.

Combining neutral colors

Sometimes, to avoid monotony in a room of neutral colors, it can be a good option to use details of complementary colors, being these brief so as not to break the harmony.

Also, to make it clear that the color palette has been intentional and not the result of mixing a series of elements that happen to fit together, it is recommended not to assign more than five key colors to the room.

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The main trick to keep in mind when decorating with a neutral color palette is that it will be a base to draw attention to more interesting details.

Playing with the textures of the elements in the room becomes essential, as well as adding layers with interesting textiles, plaids, rugs...

Another way to make the most of neutral colors is to place inspirational pieces and details on the walls, from art, photographs and prints to interesting decorative pieces, such as a natural wood mirror.

What are the advantages?

The choice of decorating with neutral colors is based not only on aesthetics, but also on the great advantages of these tones, such as the ease of seasonal adaptation of space. To prepare the house from summer to winter, it will be enough to change a few details.

Likewise, if what is intended is a major change to transform the room, it will also be a much simpler task, as a neutral palette can work for any type of space.

The maintenance of rooms with neutral colors is also simplified, leaving heavy tasks such as painting colorful walls that are no longer interesting, to a single painting session, at least in much longer.