How to use a Neutral Palette for your Renovation or Makeover

Author: Jennifer French from Inside Out Colour & Design   Date Posted:13 August 2019 

How to Use a Neutral Palette For Your Renovation or Makeover

"Neutral colour palettes are boring."

"Builder's beige is gross."

Have you ever thought these things? We get it; neutral colour palettes have earned the reputation of being a bit lacklustre. However, we use a tried and true method of incorporating neutral palettes into our projects in a way that is anything but apathetic. We are experts when it comes to selecting the right neutral for your home. Keep reading for our simple, handy tips on how and why you should use a neutral palette.

Contrary to popular opinion, neutral colours are not limited to tan, beige, grey, or white. If you go to any paint company website and look at their range of Neutrals you will be amazed at how many there are. And each one is ever so slightly different from the next. Shades of blush pink, soft green, light blue, and warm coral are also considered to be part of the neutral palette.

Using the full scope of this palette will prevent your space, upholstery, or window treatments from looking lifeless and cold. Be sure to include at least one of these more vibrant neutrals in any patterns or palettes that you select.

Working with the existing carpet, we chose a warm neutral for the wall colour and teamed it with a cream and white upholstery fabric for the client's existing sofas. Strong navy blue cushions and some black features in the coffee and side table and lamps pulls the whole room together.

The second photo is a sitting area in our Aged Care project. We chose a soft green based neutral for the walls and pale blues for the upholstery. Because these colours are not competitive, the space flows in effortless harmony.

How long has it been since you updated your floor rugs? Rugs are perfect for delineating spaces, creating cosy and complete living room seating, and are excellent for making home offices and bedrooms feel truly designed.

When selecting new rugs, you will need to take into account the colour and shade of the flooring beneath it, wall colours, furniture colours, and window treatments. Each soft furnishing should complement and flow with the rest of your space yet can add a pop of colour to create interest.


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