The New Neutrals: 3 Stunning Shades Ready To Change Your Home

  • 01 of 07

    The New Neutrals: 3 Stunning Shades Ready To Change Your Home

    When we talk about design, we almost never take the time to think about the words that we use to talk about design. But we should. Because those words not only describe the furniture, the accessories, the patterns and the colors that we use to decorate the spaces that we call home, they also define the ways in which we think about them. This is true for just about everything in home decor but it's especially true about the colors. Take neutrals for instance. When we think of colors, in all...MORE of their different shades and tones, as being neutral, the first thing we think about them is that they are colors that go with everything. At the same time, whether we notice it or not, we think of them as colors that are less striking, less bold, or that blend easily into the background. Of course, it's not that neutral is a bad thing for a color to be. Shades traditionally thought of as neutral - colors such as white, beige, or gray - are the ones that we use as our base when designing a room. The problem is that it keeps us thinking of only a few colors as being neutrals when there are several others - such as black - that might fit into the role just as well. The good news is, everything you used to think about neutral colors is about to change. I’m going to talk about a few new shades that have been encroaching on the territory of neutral color palettes lately. These new neutrals are being used in unexpected ways that are shaking up the way we design interiors. And who knows? This might just be the beginning.

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  • 02 of 07

    Charcoal Gray

    Over the last few years black has gained a sort of honorary mention status as a substitute neutral. Now it's being joined by charcoal, one of the moodier shades of gray. Together, charcoal and black are making a big impact on home decor right now. There's an irony to their growing popularity, however. Traditionally, these are two colors that most designers would normally avoid using in large quantities in a room - particularly on walls, ceilings or floors - due to the fact that many feel...MORE that spaces filled with colors so dark feel smaller. Another piece of conventional design wisdom suggests that charcoal, like black, is so dominant that every other color in the palette would diminish in stature if the color story of the room were to be created around it. In both cases, the conventional wisdom is just not holding up anymore. As a result, more people are enjoying charcoal gray in their interiors and we're all finding out together that, instead of shrinking a space or overshadowing the other colors that may be in it, large infusions of darker colors can make a space feel more intimate. And as this growing trend is finding its way into more of our favorite decor sites and shelter mags, people are finding that a black wall can actually do a lot to energize a room, especially when paired with warm wood tones, metallics or bright jewel tones for fun pops of color.

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  • 03 of 07

    Charcoal Gray

    Black and white is possibly the most classic of all color palettes, and when you're looking to switch things up a bit, charcoal is a great substitute for black. When using charcoal as the neutral and white as the pop of color the key is in controlling the proportions of each color in the room. In this dining room, the use of gray as a neutral on the walls, creates a backdrop against which the white of the black-and-white photos really stands out. This is an interesting trick to try at home...MORE as it takes the negative space of each photo and actually makes it the more eye-catching aspect.

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  • 04 of 07

    Blue

    It's probably no surprise that the next innovator to make an appearance in the world of neutral colors is blue. One of the most used colors in all the world, blue is having an even bigger popularity surge right now as it can currently be found on virtually everything in home decor. It's painted on walls, it's the fabric color of choice for sofas, and there's hardly a home decor accessory to be found that isn't offered in some shade of the popular color. Still with all of...MORE blue's recent visibility, the way people are starting to implement the color into interiors has taken a more sophisticated shift as it is becoming the neutral shade of choice for many rooms.

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  • 05 of 07

    Blue

    Blue is no longer reserved simply for the occasional pop of color. Instead it’s now being used, in various hues, as a basis for layering in other colors or as a backdrop for them to pop against. But an even bigger strength for blue is how well it can be layered, in varying tones, with itself. For example, this living room is a studying in combining shades of blue. The walls, furniture and art all contribute different tones to create a color story with depth and sophistication, accented by only a...MORE few additional colors.

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  • 06 of 07

    Rose Quartz

    Rose quartz, this year’s Pantone color of the year, is being infused into home decor in some exciting and unexpected ways. Like blue, pink works well in layers, as seen in this room. But while rose quartz is already being celebrated as a pop of color, woven into spaces through textiles and other accessories, it is also making quite a name for itself as one of the new neutrals - a daring but beautiful choice of wall color that creates the possibility for some very intriguing color combinations...MORE throughout the room.

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  • 07 of 07

    Rose Quartz

    A deep shade of pink, rose quartz not only challenges our concept of neutrals but also changes how we look at pops of color within a space. With such a distinctive shade covering the walls, colors once thought of as neutral are taking on new life and new positions as well. As we see here, gray, traditionally one of our most widely used background colors, has become the center of attention in this room, both as a contrasting wall color, and layered through the kitchen area on furnishings and...MORE textiles. When strong colors become neutrals, neutral colors are the ones that pop.