How to Nail a Neutral Colour Scheme

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt it’s that neutrals are far from boring. I love colour, but I’ve discovered that sometimes the most sophisticated and interesting colour schemes include only a hint of actual ‘colour’. There are so many quick and easy ways to do this, here are a few of my favourites:

A neutral room made special by painting woodwork Teresa's Green

A neutral room made special by painting woodwork Teresa’s Green

Layer Neutrals

To nail a neutral colour scheme you need to remember that neutrals can be colourful in their own right! Layering neutrals from the same family adds tonal light and shade to create real depth in a scheme. Painting furniture, the inside of cupboards, floors, recesses, woodwork and alcoves in a stronger or softer tone of the same colour creates a myriad of different focal points within a room to draw your attention.

Stunning loft apartment with Strong White on ceilings, Chemise on walls and Railings on the skirting board

Stunning loft apartment with Strong White on ceilings, Chemise on walls and Railings on the skirting board and radiators

Add Colourful accents

If you are more wedded to colour, try using stronger colour as the accent. From artworks and fabrics, to rugs and soft furnishings you can add colour and texture to space, again giving added depth and interest. A pop of bold colour in a neutral space can sometimes make more impact than rich colour on all four walls.

This striking patterned chair adds bold colour to this spotless All White scheme

Add colour and pattern to a spotless white scheme

Crimson red carpet turns this Hardwick White hallway into something much more dramatic

A crimson red carpet will turn a neutral hall into a dramatic entrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paint up a colourful storm!

Adding colour in this way is really quick and easy. Try painting the underside or panelling of your bath in a strong tone like Pelt or Studio Green. Or update a piece of furniture by painting it bright Incarnadine or Yellowcake.

This whole house is neutral save this Pelt bath

This whole house is neutral save this Pelt bath

A simple console table made special with a lick of Incaradine red paint

A simple console table made special with a lick of Incarnadine red paint

 

 



Rebecca Maclean

About

Rebecca’s interest in interior design began as a teenager when she had the ‘bright’ idea of painting her bedroom a striking tangerine shade. Today that passion for colour permeates her working life, and at home she enjoys trying new ideas while decorating her first home. Rebecca loves to travel, seeing the world and discovering new landscapes, sights and flavours.


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