Going Neutral

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Neutral color schemes are a popular choice by homeowners because of their versatility and understated, yet classic style. The trick with this scheme is to keep the design interesting as well as making sure the palette doesn't feel too sterile. 
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Neutral colors include white, beige, cream, tan, gray, taupe, and black and come in varying shades and tone. If you want a white wall, there are many factors to look at when choosing a paint color. White, as in all colors, has undertones of other colors such as pink, blue, gray, tan, yellow, or peach. Finding the perfect tone can be daunting, but not impossible--just pay attention to the undertones. If you struggle seeing the undertones in a paint chip, try holding several paint chips of the same base color next to each other, such as three different whites. This will help point out the different undertones in each sample. One of the most noticeable differences you will see between the different paint chips will be warm verses cool tones. Noticing these little details will help you choose a color that will work best with your palette.
Once you select a color to base your neutral palette around, use a variety of lighter and darker shades throughout your space. For instance, pair your light gray wall with a dark charcoal grey area rug and a medium grey on your sofa. What you are doing is adding depth to your space while keeping it neutral. Depth adds interest to a room and keeps it from looking too flat. Don't limit yourself to just one color; combining several neutral colors in your space allows you to keep your space classic and interesting without feeling monochromatic. 
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Now to keep your room from feeling too sterile or cold, pull in contrasting textures. Pair woven materials with metals, nubby linens with faux fur, reclaimed wood with mirrored glass. A combination of these materials provide depth and warmth to your room. Scatter them throughout your room with brushed velvet accent pillows, linen sofa and chair fabrics, wooden crates, grass cloth walls, stone or tile fireplaces, metal side tables and candlesticks, and mirrored or glass trays and lamps. 
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The last step to creating an interesting neutral room is to add your personality to your space. Do this by mixing in fun, funky, or eye catching pieces that speak to your personal style and experiences. Whether you do this through travel mementos or family heirlooms, every space needs a touch of personality. Have you recently renovated to a neutral palette and love the look?  Post your pictures here and tell us what you love about it.

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