Neutral colours, whatever the fashion, always retain an edge of sophistication and peaceful glamour. Whether a mix of 1950s satin mink drapes and low wool sofa or an Ibizan farmhouse with an unstructured linen day bed, neutral room décor is a timeless choice.
But it’s not as easy as it looks: If pale fabrics neutral and paint colours appeal then it’s key to ensure you plan ahead to bring some depth to the scheme, or it can feel bland and cold. A little lateral thinking can deliver a design of subtle power and quiet design punch.
On the wall
A natural fit for communal living spaces, neutral colourways are an obvious choice for adding grown-up calm. Living room paint ideas can move beyond the obvious beige colour paint into a game-changing design feature; The best beige paint colour in an interior ‘texture’ paint can add a subtle mood, or an unexpected variation to a very simple scheme – so don’t underestimate it.
A sheen of gloss paint on a large wall can reflect back lamplight and looks particularly slick against grained wooden furniture (a metallic finish paint will have a similar play with light). A natural pairing for neutrals is suede paint, giving a soft tactile finish that creates a look of brushed suede and feels especially warming in neutrals.
For something with a grittier edge, try concrete effect finish paint, an easier way to get the urban look without changing the fabric of the wall material. Simply put, for a neutral scheme, paint colour ideas work more as a way to pull together a backdrop for items such as grey and brown living room furniture. So, put them at the centre of your plan.
All in the details
Luxury is always in the quiet touches. Don’t just look at the obvious neutral decoration selections such as fabric, furniture and paint. The finials on curtains, door handles and wall switches are the places we engage with every day, so choose something more unexpected or thoughtful.
Standard white plastic switches won’t kill a scheme, but a pewter or dull brass choice will elevate it. For your window coverings, new hardware such as these designer roller blind brackets will blend into your walls and add that touch of considered polish. For a darker tone, use the antiqued brass look- or if you prefer your neutrals with a harder edge, black against a concrete paint effect wall will make the feel more masculine and sharp. Whatever your preference, the devilishly good design is in the details.