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Popular Neutral Aesthetic - Pros and Cons

Decorating with neutrals has always been popular, whether that's been by choice or accidental. It's easy to choose white, beige, or grey paint tones, soft furnishings, and accessories because they're easy to live with and go with pretty much everything. However, the downside is a neutral scheme can end up looking a bit drab and uninspired.

Personally, I absolutely love the neutral aesthetic and color palette because it can be used to create such timeless designs and spaces. The neutral aesthetic is very simple, minimal, and calming, and a lot of it is inspired from colors, materials, and even textures found in nature. This color palette is perfect for creating a warm and inviting environment that is perfect for relaxing.

There are so many possibilities when it comes to interior design which is why we have put together a list of pros and cons on the ever popular neutral aesthetic along with some of our thoughts. Keep reading to learn more about the color palette that has risen to the top of the interior design world!

Pros of Neutrals:

  • Can give a rustic, warm feeling to any room.

  • Neutrals make a great canvas to bring more attention to your unique décor pieces.

  • They’re versatile and allow you to change your color scheme and style of furniture easily. (Without having to buy all new things and paint the entire interior of your home!)

  • Neutral colors can provide balance for eccentric and eclectic pieces or architectural features.

  • Can be calming and peaceful.

  • If paired correctly, it can be dramatic and sophisticated. (Think of a black and white room)

Pretty much every piece of furniture you need for your home can be purchased in neutral colors. It’s just a matter of finding the right style and form. Personally, I love neutral furniture in a really basic, mid-century, minimalist form. It helps create a pleasant, relaxed, and casual yet chic atmosphere in a home.

Because neutral colors can easily blend in, it’s important to consider texture and patterns when picking out your neutral decor accents. This is the key to ensuring that neutral decor isn’t boring or uninteresting! Secondly, you want to use many different neutral shades. You could have white, beige, and dark brown in one room to make sure there is a lot of contrast between pieces. You can even add earth tones to your space, and it will still feel neutral and fit right in!

When decorating with a neutral color scheme, it's important to bring in a variety of patterns and textures. By offsetting rough with soft, shiny with matte, and coarse with smooth, you create depth and interest, making the room more dynamic. Think about using textures like linen, suede, velvet, cable knits, and sheepskin. When it comes to using textures in a neutral living room, you can almost never have too many.

Cons of Neutrals:

  • Can easily become boring and bland.

  • Can make your home feel washed out.

  • If too neutral, your home will feel like it’s devoid of personality or even lacking unique style.

One house in one color? This may seem like a bit of a boring paint idea, but actually picking just one carefully considered hue and splashing it everywhere can create a real statement while leaving space for treasured items to shine. If you're after an almost gallery-like space then this is the look for you.

Choosing a neutral decorating scheme can benefit you in numerous ways. It can be the canvas of color that gives you the freedom to more easily experiment with textiles and accessories in bolder, more vivid colors. Or the use of brighter neutrals can give your room a more open, clean, and breezy look. Muted or darker neutrals can give a space a cozier yet streamlined appearance. And if you want to sell your home, neutrals are appealing because they're calming and fresh, and they let buyers see the potential of a room.

~This blog was brought to you by S. Donnelly Interiors. Learn more about the interior design project process by following Stephanie Donnelly and her interior design services in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and the surrounding areas!


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