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Incorporating Neutral Tones in Interior Design

September 19, 2016

The age of over-the-top colors and wild patterns is slowly coming to an end in interior design. If you still think neutral colors or earthy tones are boring, think again! Bold is no longer better. Of course there’s always room for bold tones incorporated in the right way, but sticking to neutral color schemes as your baseline moving forward is the way of the newest trend. 

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First and foremost, neutral colors are more calming. They are also more welcoming and work for just about any interior design style you can think off. Neutral colors are also timeless and they shift focus on the most important elements of a room i.e. the architecture and furniture. 

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The current trending neutral tones have also added variety into the picture. Neutral tones now include brown, beige and pink hues among other soft hues like khaki. In simple terms, you are no longer limited to black, white and gray when you want to have a neutral interior.

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If you’re interested in joining the neutral tone interior design bandwagon, look no further. Below are perfect ways of incorporating neutral/earthy tones in your home. 

  1. Use varying neutral color shades
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Neutral tones appear boring when they are made up of typical neutral colors exclusively i.e. black, white or grey. To incorporate neutral tones more seamlessly into your interior design game, you need to experiment a little. You can create trending neutral tones by layering varying shades of the same neutral color or even mixing contrasting neutral colors together to create an interesting look. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with sticking to your favorite neutral colors, however, it’s important to experiment a little to enjoy the benefits of the latest neutral trends.

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  1. Pair neutral tones with organic/natural look flooring 

The flooring is as important as the walls when it comes to achieving that perfect neutral tone in your home. Neutral tones match perfectly with organic natural look flooring like white oak or maple. Maple wood flooring has a natural look even if it comes slightly stained. Most retailers that sell wood of this species aim to not over stain or color those species to get that natural, earthy feel, which works perfectly with a neutral color scheme. Organic hardwood flooring is perfect for creating a neutral look as they are naturally neutral and feature distinct textures which add sophistication. Furthermore, organic floors have never gone out of style so you even as décor change your flooring will be in style for decades to come.

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  1. It’s OK to add some color

Incorporating neutral tones in interior design today doesn’t mean you get rid of any other color in your interior that doesn’t qualify to be neutral. In fact, you can create the most popular neutral tone trends by mixing neutral colors with some bold accent tones. Pink, sea foam green and buttercup yellow are all great examples of colors that complement neutral interiors well in accessories or small pieces. You should use these colors in subtle doses on your window treatments, furniture textile, beddings etc. to add some visual interest to the traditional neutral tones base. 

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There are obvious benefits of incorporating neutral tones in interior design. Your home stands to be more welcoming and calming. Neutral tones will also work with any interior design style you want without stealing the glory from the most important elements of your home. Furthermore, you stand to be timelessly stylish. Remember be open minded and try different variations, color matches, and bold accessories to make it your own!

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