There is no universal consensus on what makes a color a neutral color. Type in ‘neutral colors’ into Google Image Search and you’ll see everything from black to white, and every color in-between. But, besides black and white, what you will notice is a theme in neutral colors, and that is flat, subdued tones. Neutral means, “without color”, yet there will certainly be undertones in every neutral color (again, besides black and white). The undertones can be as simple as a hint of blue, or as complex as a mix of gold, tan, or brown.
Many people recognized beige, taupe, ivory, and shades of gray or shades of white as neutral colors. But adding undertones of color that are subtle can still be good choices for a fashionable neutral look.
Add varying levels of green, and you have “khaki”, “army”, “olive” (just to name a few). Add varying levels of blue, and you have “baby blue”, “marine”, “navy” (again, just to name a few). The key in a neutral tone is that color doesn’t over-power the senses. The focal point of the room is not the wall color, but it merely accents the room.
Some colors that are darker are still classified as neutral colors, but today more people are opting for lighter neutral tones that add brightness to the room, which creates a more spacious feel. With a flat white being the new baseline standard for many modern homes, anything leaning more towards white (with subtle color undertones) will create that spacious feel, unlike more intimate, warm colors leaning towards the darker gray or black end of the color spectrum.
If you are looking for a comfortable feel that fits in to todays styling, we recommend a light beige, creme, or ivory neutral color. Also, don’t over look the shades of gray or very light olives, blues, or clay color options.
In the end, the best color is the one that makes you most happy. For modern appeal and contemporary updates, a light neutral will suit the look.
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