Beige doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, the idea that a room needs bold colours to be visually interesting simply isn’t true at all. A neutral colour scheme has other advantages, and actually allows for more experimentation when it comes to trying out new design ideas. This is because neutral shades are subtler, and won’t draw too much attention to a particular element of a room’s design, as might a bolder shade. So, if you’re planning on adding bright yellow tones to your living room, or painting your bedroom walls red, stop and think for a moment of just how appealing neutrally decorated spaces can be.
1. Scandinavian Neutrals
The Scandinavian design style is about simplicity, and a big part of that revolves around the clean lines and neutral tones that distinguish the style. There is no ‘colour’ in the Scandinavian kitchen above, and so the addition of the black pendant light is particularly effective in creating a focal point in the space. Adding a pop of colour to a neutral room is a great way to liven it up.
2. Varying Neutrals
This room is the perfect example of how to do neutrals well. The interior is shaded in a variety of neutral tones, which gives it more depth, yet it remains a tranquil space. The natural light flooding in from the large windows helps to open up the room, brightening the neutral decor in the process.
3. Neutral Bathroom
Bathrooms tend to be decorated all or mostly in white, which can come across as rather clinical. The neutral colours in this bathroom give it a softer, more welcoming feel, and in no way does the colour scheme cause the space to come across as dull or unappealing.
4. Textured Neutrals
This living room is warm and inviting, again using various neutral shades to prevent the decor becoming indistinguishable. What really brings the space to life, though, is the different textures and materials present, proving that colour isn’t the only way to make a room interesting.
5. Neutral Greys
When we think of neutral shades we tend to think of creams and beiges, but grey can also be considered a neutral tone. Whereas darker greys tend to be used as statement colours, pale greys have that ‘colourless’ quality that makes them an ideal choice if you’re going for understated, yet dramatic, in a room.
6. Vintage Neutral
Neutral colour schemes are hugely adaptable, and go well with pretty much any interior design style, whether your home is minimalist, contemporary, rustic or vintage. As is apparent from the other examples shown, neutral shades are far more versatile than most of us give them credit for. The vintage style room above is exquisite, and also benefits from the range of shades and textures.
7. Neutral Bedroom
The soothing characteristics of neutral hues make them a fitting choice for bedroom decor. Bold and bright shades in the space where you sleep are generally discouraged anyway – for obvious reasons – and so a neutral colour scheme is almost certainly the way to go.