CHOOSING PERFECT NEUTRAL PAIRINGS

CHOOSING PERFECT NEUTRAL PAIRINGS

Decorating with neutral colors can offer many ways to add personality to your home with versatility. Soft hues, such as beige, cream, and khakis create a calming atmosphere. The best way to choose neutrals is to look around your home and look to the largest neutral items you own such as carpet, sofas and curtain. Try to analyze what tone of neutrals you have such as camel, browns or ivory as an example if you look at these colors closely you will see that these colors have undertones such as grey, pink, yellow. Once you have recognized this undertone this should give you a starting point for colors that go well together. Then use this undertone color in your neutral to find complementary colors that look good together.

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In some cases people find that matching neutrals together can be very tricky but it really comes down to those undertone colors. When choosing neutral colors such as beige, it’s important to pay attention to the warmness or coolness of the color chosen. If you find it difficult to determine whether your color scheme is predominantly warm or cool, some easy way is to get some paint color swatches from your local hardware store or decorating paint store. I advise you to bring some simple paint swatch strips home and try to match them to your home furniture and surfaces.

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Here are some tips:

Warm colors include red, yellow and orange undertones. Cool colors have tones that include blue and green. Color shades either warm or cool depending on tis undertone, so when choosing the perfect pairings for your room it is best to coordinate all cools color together and or all warm colors combine. Purple, gray, brown and neutral shades can be either warm or cool, depending on the undertones. When choosing the perfect beige color for your room, you’ll want to primarily focus on whether you determined your color scheme to be warm or cool. If you have a lot of green or blue in your room, you’ll want to choose a beige shade with cool undertones. However, if your room includes a lot of yellow, red or orange, a cool beige shade would look out of place. Instead, you’d want to choose a rosy beige or a sandy warm beige, with warm undertones.

Another important factor when choosing neutrals is the amount of light the room gets. If your room has natural sun light you can have a darker color. Now if the room is receives very little natural light you should a lighter shade can help lighten up the overall look.

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