There is no denying that neutrals and black have always been a go-to in New Zealand design and home decorating. These restrained colour schemes provide visual relief and an inviting atmosphere with its timeless and sophisticated feel. Encouraged by the minimalist design movement, neutral colours are liveable, flexible and classic, creating interiors that make your room feel restful and relaxed, whilst warm and energising. A favourite for stylists and interior designers for their inherent simplicity and versatile nature, neutral tones work as beautiful foundations to your home. Here are some of our top decorating tips for styling with black, white and other neutral palettes:
Evolving from the classic white interior, the neutral tones of today now encompass raven blacks, rich blue charcoals, mineral greys, earthy browns, warm creams, burnt taupes, creamy cognac and buttery toffee tones. While darker hues tend to recede and should be used as a highlight or statement, lighter colours provide a softness to a space whilst emphasising architectural features.
Using a variety of textures and layering in neutral tones is a great way to lift and enhance your home and make it reflect your personality. Natural materials like wood, marble and stone are organic and earthy, and combined with polished concrete or metallic chrome finishes, can provide contrast that will to draw attention to feature objects such as an interesting light fixture or unique wooden coffee table. Different materials also catch light in unique ways. Adding an extra element of interest as the sun shifts, neutrals can change dramatically to create richer, deeper tones at different times of the day.
A room designed with a neutral colour palette also gives you an opportunity to use a variety of fabrications without it feeling busy or overly complicated. When working with neutrals it’s important to incorporate layers into your space to create depth. Mixing warm and cool tones in linen, wool, velvet or jute is a great way to add depth and texture. Similar to their ability to emphasise your personal design style, neutral colours also have the ability to effortlessly and seamlessly highlight texture. Texture is important for creating a warm, comforting and calming interior space. Think of soft velvet cushions, a knitted throw or a wool rug. Using tonal cushions on your beige sofa or adding a black throw to complement your charcoal bed head is a great way to encourage comfort and warmth and create a focal point in your room.
Bringing warmth and calm, there has never been a better time to experiment with these adaptable hues. Whether you prefer coastal, minimal, traditional or contemporary – neutral colors are the perfect choice for any style. For inspiration for your new neutral home or to find your own personal style, immerse yourself in our Instagram and website to shop throws, rugs and cushions online.