There's no denying that neutrals and black have always been a go-to in design and home decorating.
These restrained colour schemes provide a visual relief and an inviting atmosphere with its timeless and sophisticated feel. Encouraged by the minimalist design movement, neutral colours are livable, flexible and classic for creating interiors that make your room feel restful and relaxed, as well as warm and energising.
Neutral tones work as beautiful foundations to your home and are a favourite for stylists and interior designers, thanks to their inherent simplicity and versatile nature.
Here are some of our top decorating tips for styling with black white and other neutral palettes.
Evolving from the classic white interior, the neutral tones of today now encompass black, clay and cream for a sophisticated style. While darker hues tend to recede and should be used as a highlight or statement, lighter colours provide softness to space whilst emphasising architectural features.
Using a variety of textures and layering, neutral tones are a great way to lift and enhance your home and make it reflect your personality. Natural materials like wood, marble and stone are organic and earthy, and when combined with polished concrete or metallic chrome finishes, it can provide a contrast that will draw attention to feature objects such as an interesting light fixture or unique wooden coffee table.
A room designed with a neutral colour palette also gives you an opportunity to use a variety of fabrications without it feeling busy or overly complicated. When working with neutrals, it’s important to incorporate layers into your space to create depth.
Mixing warm and cool tones in linen, velvet or jute is a great way to add depth and texture. Similar to their ability to emphasise your personal design style, neutral colours also have the ability to effortlessly and seamlessly highlight the texture. Texture is important for creating a warm, comforting and calming interior space. Think of soft linen cushions, a cotton throw or a wool blend rug.
Using tonal cushions on your beige sofa, or adding a throw to complement your charcoal bedhead, is a great way to encourage comfort and warmth by creating a focal point in your room.
Bringing warmth and calm, there has never been a better time to experiment with these adaptable hues. Whether you prefer coastal minimal traditional or contemporary, neutral colours are the perfect choice for any style.