Neutral colors in Interior Design: The Trend that’s dominating 2019
You can put the soft tones, understated shades, and melting contrasts of flexible neutrals to excellent use in designing living spaces that reflect your lifestyle rather than dictate it.
Often thought of as the colors without color, the range of neutrals is vast. Strictly speaking, they span from black to white through all the grays, yet are also taken to include shades of cream, beige, and brown, such as taupe, ecru, fawn, and stone, and off-whites. These neutral shades are infinitely versatile, forming the basis of many hot interior design schemes this year, from sober soft modern to high-powered glamour. That being said, many people shy away from a purely neutral scheme for fear that it may turn out dull or austere. Nothing could be further from the truth, though. Fresh confidence and interest abound in the unadorned good looks of neutral finishes. As well as being quite capable of holding center stage in their own right, neutrals play an important part as an unassuming background for bolder accent colors. This is likely why neutral colors are dominating interior design trends in 2019!
The successful execution of a neutral scheme probably involves more initial thought and planning than a layout where colors reign supreme. You need to ensure that every element, from paint and fabric to ornaments and trims, pulls its weight. But once the scheme is established, it’s very easy to live with and leaves you free to insert further items without fear of color conflict.
White is the absolutely colorless neutral. But for all its neutrality, you shouldn’t expect white to play a totally passive part in a scheme. Like paint, it can dazzle with its brightness on walls and woodwork, while as sheer fabric, it forms a misty screen in front of windows and over beds.
Completely white schemes are the accepted, hygienic norm in a kitchen or bathroom.
White walls refresh a living or dining room and a bedroom, too, reflecting the maximum amount of light during the day, even in a shadowy room. Indirect artificial lighting softens any tendency to harshness in the evening.
There are grays from every part of the color wheel; warm grays with hints of pink or heather in them, cool blue-grays or fascinating greeny grays that defy description by changing color throughout the day. In all its hundreds of variations, gray is a delight to use, either as a foil to black and/or white or as a blend with other soft and subtle colors.
If grey with black or white is too blunt a contrast for your taste, setting different shades of gray off against white is an elegant compromise. In this cool, romantic bedroom, for instance, grey walls complement various elements in varying shades of grey.
Black and White
Monochromatic schemes based on the extremes of black and white are most dramatic. This is an old yet always up-to-the-minute decorating device, exploiting the attraction of opposites. Black is dark and receding, while white is light and advancing, so they provide a powerful visual contrast. Combined with the clean-cut lines of contemporary furniture and high-tech lighting, black and white is a good choice for creating stylish, modern interiors.
Creams and Beiges
Creamy colors – the slightly yellowed whites – are the mellow version of pure white. They’re generally substituted for white in country and traditional-style decor, to create elegant, restful rooms. Cream is also a good color for suggesting a slightly aged appearance. For many years, beige has been the ultimate safe choice for decorating – the color scheme you choose when you want a universal, neutral sort of background. There are many shades of beige, from the creamy to the pinkish and slightly olive.
By playing off various colors, such as rich mushroom beige on the wall against paler versions on the ceiling and wood-work, you can build color schemes of amazing complexity.
When it comes to interior design trends in 2019, neutrals really do reign supreme. If you’re interested in making your home so beautiful that it becomes the envy of all your friends and family with a fresh coat of neutrals, call me at (512) 423 0981 or drop me a mail at Info@SpacesDesigned.com today. My team and I will surely help you transform your living spaces into a modern work of art!