Should you ever use beige in your home? There is a case for using neutral colors in furnishing a home, but let us be clear, I am not advocating sticking to neutrals all the way through as that can be very boring. However, beige can be liberating. Read on to find out the reason.
First of all, before we go any further, let's define neutral colors. Beige, although mentioned most often, is definitely not the only one.
To be called neutral, a color should be unsaturated or have very little saturation. Black, white, beige, brown and gray are all neutral colors.
However, if you look closely, even these neutral colors can navigate away from strict neutrality. You may find a beige that has pink or yellow undertones, even green ones, and a gray that is leaning towards blue or some other color. Conversely, grayed blues or greens can also appear to be neutral.
Here are some attributes of neutral colors that you may find useful to know before furnishing a space:
Restful to the Eye
Neutral colors are temperate and lack too much warmth or coolness, so they can give a room a restful and relaxing effect. Since they don't fight for attention, your eye can move from one point to the other without being drawn to just one color. Many Asian style inspired spaces use neutral colors for their restful quality.
Unless you are very adept at combining colors, there is an advantage to using neutral colors for your bigger pieces, as opposed to bold, saturated ones.
However to really make an impact when you use them, you should try to move beyond the neutrals to stronger hues when you select your accent pieces, rugs, wall paint, etc.
Mix Easily With Others
Neutral colors can be easily thrown into the mix with other colors without fighting them for attention. That makes them ideal for providing a good background, and that helps you design a multi-layered look, letting you build up a room in a more nuanced way.
The easiest way to make a color pop is to put it against a neutral background.
Act as Connectors
They are also good for building bridges between warring colors. These are often complementary colors that lie across from each other on the color wheel, such red and green, or blue and orange. Here is where their hidden undertones come into play to smooth the way for a transition to another color.
Always Stay in Style
Neutral colors never go completely out of style, so your furniture purchases will not look dated and won't have to be replaced quickly with every changing fashion or whim, unless you have unlimited amounts of money and patience.
Use neutral colors for the larger pieces such as sofas or sectionals that you do not replace very often. Dress up the neutrals with bold and trendy accent colors and pieces. If you must use neutral colors by themselves, then you can also select texture to make up for neutral colors.
Boring Unless You Play Around With Them
While they can be enormously useful as you can see, neutral colors can be extremely boring, bland, and monotonous if you don't bother to bring brighter colors along to dress them up. Using different textures together also helps to break up the monotony.
Use them wisely and strategically, but never out of timidity. This can not be said enough.