Then they take all of that information and translate it into what colors we'll be wearing and decorating with in the next year. The Colors Are Coming The housing crisis, ongoing war, historic election and economic downturn have combined to shape Americans' color tastes.
BENEFITS OF DECORATING WITH NEUTRAL COLORS. Because of their neutrality, neutral colors benefit a space by encouraging the use of patterns and textures without becoming an eyesore or a visual headache. One thing to keep in mind: the greater the contrast between your neutrals, the more busy a space will read.
But for those who prefer neutral hues to pops of color, don't worry, the designer hasn't left you out. In her new book Living with Color: Inspiration and How-Tos to Brighten Up Your Home, Atwood has dedicated an entire section to decorating with neutrals. The key: learning how to work with neutrals so they look rich and interesting.
Neutral Colors. In the context of interior design, neutral means without color. Neutrals such as beige, ivory, taupe, black, gray and shades of white appear to be without color, but in many applications these hues often have undertones. Be aware of these underlying tones as you match colors or choose paint.
The word neutral, in fact, means impartial or unbiased. Because of this, the use of neutral colors in home decorating is a common and effective strategy. For one thing, neutrals (think white, black, brown, cream, grey, and pretty much any muted earthy tone) can "go" with anything - that's what makes them neutrals.
Neutral Rooms. Two handmade floral stencils, arranged agreeably askew, decorate the inner edges of curtains, framing the window. Reflections bring a room to life. On this nineteenth-century American table, delicate finishes that capture light -- a gilded mirror, mercury glass vases, eighteenth-century candlesticks,