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A Neutral Affair: our top 3 tips for tonal interiors

A Neutral Affair: our top 3 tips for tonal interiors

Are you scared of committing to a specific colour scheme? You decide to go with a neutral palette, ‘classic and sophisticated,’ you tell yourself.  But, pulling off an interesting and effective neutral interior is often more challenging than you think. Here are our top three style tips to make sure your living space is muted, but magical.   

  1. Let’s strip down to the basics: your wall colour. The most important thing here is to consider your undertones. Colours create feelings, so chose them strategically. The undertone in your choice of paint can entirely change the temperature of a colour, thus, the feeling of your space. The question is how to see the undertones? How do you determine if certain shade of grey comes from blue, purple, black or brown? Our top tip is: look at the colour. strip (which you can get from your general hardware store!)  If you are looking at a light colour then follow the colour strip all the way to the bottom – therein lies your answer.   If the darkest colour on the strip blue? Then your colour has a blue undertone. Having this knowledge will better equip you to harmonise your hues.
  1. Next to consider: your home’s positioning. Light affects the colour of neutral paints. East-facing rooms are first to see the warm and rich morning light, so are best paired with cooler white or grey-green. North-facing spaces, on the other hand, need warming up with cream and brown. West-facing rooms that see the soft setting sunlight, often look best in a creamy white or beige. South-facing rooms, the lucky things, suit most shades. 
  1. Moving on to the fun stuff: décor! You’ve already made the decision to exclude colour from your space. Now, where do we turn? Texture, our trusty pal. Think boucle, suede, faux sheepskin and corduroy – all our favourite natural fibres take centre stage. Include materials like natural wood, rattan and wicker. Colours are organic and earthy, in shades like taupe, terracotta and sage. Have fun with juxtaposing different textures and materials through furniture and accessories to create a dynamic and interesting space. The textures will add that element of interest, but sticking to your soft neutral palette will help keep your space calm and serene. Remember, there is no such things as too much texture!


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