5 things you should never do – decorating with neutrals

Neutral colors tend to be super stylish and easy to decorate your interior with. Here are a few things you should avoid when using this calm color palette.

Achieving a balance in our homes between what’s functional and what’s beautiful has been a common decorating dilemma. We’re finally celebrating a “less is more” approach to decorating with a neutral color palette.

Lockdown has served to emphasize how important our home environment has become. It has become a place where we learn, relay, and work. It is important to get it right when it comes to decorating because it can nurture us, comfort us, and lift us up.

Here are a few things you should avoid doing when it comes to interior decorating.

Forgetting to add texture

When strong colors are out of the picture you need to bring in as much texture as possible as it creates layers and interest. Consider natural wood elements alongside velvets, linens, sheepskins, and chunky knits as well as warm metallics such as bronze or bras.

Opting for fussy furnishings

If you want to create a look that channels understated chic you need to use neutral tones in your home. Invest in simple organic shape designs rather than an off-the-moment pattern, use the prints for blinds and seat covers.

Ceramic, wire, leather, and stone accessories and vases add further texture while maintaining neutral tones and materials.

Not keeping within a tonal color palette

Let the neutrals sing out with a tonal color palette, they don’t have to be boring beige. To take on a neutral palette choose greys and touches of black, or shades of taupe mixed in with chocolate browns.

Certain people turn to neutral backgrounds to pick out accents and highlights with others but providing you stay within the same tonal family, use textures and patterns to add harmony and interest.

Overcrowding a room

Taking less is more approach when it comes to furnishing because there is a tendency to create chaos in a space that is decorated with neutrals. The perfect excuse to create a haven of peace, calm, and tranquility is with a simple color scheme.

Keep it clutter-free for a relaxing space. A few of your most treasured accessories will add a personal finishing touch while keeping low-level simple storage.

Using the wrong shade

Neutral colors work with pretty much every other color but to get it right it’s important to understand the basic pigment that suits the light that a room receives.

Warm neutral with a yellow or green undertone will tend to work well in north-facing rooms as they help to bounce the light around.

Neutrals are truly versatile; you can pick different colors to complement them and be successful. What works best, is to stick to a limited palette – just two to three complementing accent colors that work with your base neutral will do.