When we say “neutral colors”, many people think of it as a boring color scheme, but nothing could be further from the truth. For many people when a neutral color scheme is mentioned, they immediately think of just beige. First of all, there are hundreds of beige colors to choose from and many more that use beige in the interior design of your living room. Think about how you will combine colors, neutral and vice versa. Whichever neutral color scheme you choose, the key to having a successful living room design is finding the right balance. There are some simple but creative strategies that can help you turn your living room into a beautiful one.
White and Dark Neutral
Who said all neutral colors have to be lighter tones? You will likely think of beige if asked to name neutral colors, but darker colors can also be neutral colors. Some of the darker neutrals include dark brown, navy blue, some black, charcoal, gray and even dark gold. Some of these darker neutrals work perfectly to provide balance to a living room and can be the perfect choice for a sofa or chaise longue. If you wish, you can use a dark neutral color to anchor your living room by using it on an accent wall, rug or for window treatments. Match this with a lighter colored sofa or living room set and you’ll have a match made in heaven. Dark neutral shades look best with lighter neutrals.
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Using Monochromatic Neutral Colors
If you want to achieve a more upscale look in the living room while not worrying too much about making everything match up perfectly, you might want to try a monochromatic neutral color scheme. Start with a base color that you like and really like. For example, how about deep espresso chocolate? This is a classy color for living room furniture. Then you will use this lighter color than this dark neutral for the rest of the room. For a balanced look, remember to use shadows of both lighter and darker colors.
Using Neutral with a Splash of Color
Maybe you’re the type of person who prefers neutral furniture and walls but wants to be able to express a more creative side. You can achieve this goal by using a neutral color as the background and adding a lighter color. Neutral shades tend to make a splash of color really appear visually. To keep this style in balance, you’ll want to use two or three max accent colors. If you add too many colors, it can get too busy and you will lose the effect. Choose neutral colors for your furnishings and add a splash of color with your accessories like throw pillows, rugs, lampshades, or window treatments.