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How to work the lighter end of the neutral palette

As you already know, the neutral color palette has carved itself quite a permanent niche in the interior design genre. Homeowners are fascinated by its easy, comfortable charm, and the way it makes the space seem totally grounded and soothing. However, like all colors, this palette also has a softer side. The lightest tints of brown, grey, beige, tan, taupe, fawn, and more are a part of it. Let’s look at how you can work with the softer side of the neutral scheme:

 

1. Mixing and matching

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Since this palette utilizes only the lightest tints, using a single color can seem very monotonous and boring. In this case, it’s always best to create an interesting mix of different shades so you an uplift the space while keeping it soft at the same time. The feature wall in this image is a great example of how you can accomplish that. The trendy utilization of different pastel hues in a geometric form really livens up the space a lot.

 

2. Offsetting with natural light

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Neutral hues always look great when accompanied by natural lighting, and this fact remains constant even their softer counterparts. You can diffuse the intensity of the light by using sheer curtains or other window treatments, though. Otherwise the boldness of Singaporean sunlight an make the soft colors look washed out and faded.

 

3. Playing with shapes

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Once again, using a single shade of soft neutral hues in a single formation can make your homes look boring and dull. Therefore, you can uplift the aesthetic by embellishing with different shapes. In this image, you can see how expertly this technique has been carried out. The sofa cushions provide an interesting choice of shapes, and the abstract pattern on the backwall creates a clever visual dynamic.

 

4. Contrasting different materials

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Material contrast is an excellent way to use the softer end of the neutral color palette. It allows you to create an interesting outlook and plays on the drama of the space at the same time. The living room media wall in this image is a great example of this technique. The expert combination of wood textures, copper reflection mirrors, and laminates creates a really beautiful and eye-catching ambiance.

 

5. Playing with furniture styles

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Since there is only so much you can play with the actual colors, you can make up for it by diversifying your furniture range. There are a lot of furnishings you can find in neutral hues that feature unique styling. You can actually see an expert choreography of this technique played in this image. The combination of bar stools and dining furniture play up the style contrast with their differing neutral visuals.

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