Friday, February 10, 2017

The Nuance of Neutrals

A neutral color is typically one that does not feature on the color wheel. Shades of black, grey, and white fall under the neutral category. The most commonly used neutral colors in design are beige, grey, tan, taupe, etc. The reason they are called neutral is because they are exactly that – they go with almost everything, and make bolder colors stand out. Neutrals are a favorite among designers and never go out of style. However, choosing the right neutral shade to incorporate in your design is also very important.

One of the main criteria to consider while choosing a neutral for your walls is the lighting in the room. White lights, incandescent lights and fluorescent lights could all bring out totally different colors from your beige walls, for instance. So figure out how the lighting plays with the color you’re choosing before fixing on it.  It could make or break the look you’re aiming for.

While deciding on a neutral shade, it is important to understand the usage and functionality of the particular room. Different shades suit different purposes and bring out different moods. Warm colors like beige, tan and similar colors look great in the living room, whereas cooler colors like greys and off-white suit bathrooms. Of course, this is not a hard and fast rule but choosing the right color for the right space makes a lot of difference in creating the required ambience.

If you are looking at the wall painting activity as a fairly long-term one, you’d do well to steer clear of trending colors, as they can turn obsolete just as quickly as they became a trend. Stick to evergreen shades and colors which are versatile and flexible for experimentation.

Some of the lovely neutrals you can consider for your new apartment in Bangalore are:

  • Ecru
  • Blonde
  • Escape grey
  • Beige
  • Baguette
  • Harmonic Tan
  • Netsuke