When you’re creating a neutral color scheme for one room or your entire home, your first choice may be beige. While there are hundreds of beautiful beige colors out there, there is so much more to a neutral color scheme than just one color.
To create an interior or exterior neutral color scheme, it's really more about the way you combine the colors than the colors you’ll ultimately choose. The key to any color scheme is balance. With some simple yet creative neutral color strategies, you can transform your home into a beautifully neutral space with these tips.
There is no rule that all neutral colors must be light. If you’re asked to name a neutral color, your first answer would most likely be beige or tan. Dark colors can be considered neutral, too. Dark neutrals include charcoal gray, dark brown, deep gold, navy blue, and black.
Use dark neutral colors for furnishings like sofas, chairs, and headboards. Dark neutrals can anchor a room as an accent wall, area rug, or window treatments. If you’re putting together a color scheme using a dark neutral, that's the first color you should choose.
Dark neutral colors look best with light neutrals with the same undertones, or the same color temperatures like warm with warm and cool with cool. Learning about warm versus cool colors can give you a solid color foundation for building any type of color scheme. A cool charcoal gray looks best with cool and light neutrals, but can be accented with pops of warm non-neutral colors. A warm espresso brown looks great with warm light neutrals, but can be accented with pops of cool color like aqua and blue.
A monochromatic scheme is one of the best ways to create a stylish neutral color palette. If you’d like a sophisticated look in your home without stressing about matching anything your colors, a monochromatic neutral scheme is a great choice. The monochromatic color scheme starts with a color that you truly love, and could easily live with. If deep espresso brown is your favorite color, and you've bought a sofa and chairs in that color, you could build a monochromatic color scheme around your furniture.
To create a monochromatic color scheme for a dark neutral like espresso brown is to match that color on a paint fan deck or sample strip.
In the majority of paint fan decks, the colors on one strip are simply lighter or darker shades of the same color. The color on the paint strip that would match a dark neutral would most likely be at the bottom of the strip. When you are creating a monochromatic scheme, you would use any of the colors that are varying shades of your dark neutral. To keep the monochromatic scheme balanced, you would use a mix of shades from the top to the bottom of the paint strip.