Top Tips on Using Colour in your Home – Neutrals

Neutrals (black, grey, white, and brown) are basic to the decorator’s tool kit. All-neutral schemes fall in and out of fashion, but are great because of their flexibility. Add colour to liven things up or leave it out to create calm. Black is best used in small doses as an accent. Some experts maintain that every room needs a touch of black to ground the colour scheme and give it depth. To make the job easier, you can rely on the interior designer’s most important colour tool – the colour wheel. White is associated with purity and is a firm favourite in spas and clinical settings. Black has a more funereal reputation, but can be sharp sexy and edgy if not overused.

Neutrals can be used in any part of the house and are firm favourites for anyone trying to sell a property because they appeal to a broad range of tastes. As long as you do not make things too boring it is hard to go wrong with these colours. Use practically any neutral colour everywhere (except black) and add a dramatic centre piece and you will have a strong look that is practically fail-safe. You can also add interest to monochrome by using patterns. The intrinsic appeal of neutral is that they usually do not offend – safe as houses!

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