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What are Neutral Colors and How Can They Be Correctly Combined?

What are Neutral Colors?
Neutral colors can be used to create a stylish and chic interior, but using the right combination is essential. In this ArtHearty article, we give you more information on these colors and how to use them effectively.
Rimlee Bhuyan
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2018
You must have heard about neutral colors, and their popularity in fashion and home decor. Though their meaning is 'no color', technically they do have some color. The definition of neutral colors says they are colors that are very light and not overly bright. These colors do not catch your eye, but rather blend into the background.
White, beige, tan, brown, gray, taupe, and black are considered neutral. These colors appear to be very light and work great as background colors. In home decor, such colors have great importance since they serve to highlight the brighter and more vibrant colors. These colors are also crucial in the fashion industry, where they are very often combined with fluorescent and other bright colors to create harmony in a garment.
What are Neutral Colors?
As mentioned earlier, black, white, tan, gray, various shades of brown, beige, and sometimes copper and bronze fall into the category of neutral colors. A color can be called neutral based on how effectively it can blend in with other colors and its degree of lightness. Neutral colors, like other colors, can be divided into cool and warm colors.
Shades of browns, tans, golds, beige, and black, are considered to be warm neutrals, while shades of white, cream, ivory, gray, and silver are considered to be cool neutrals. Such a color scheme is used by many interior decorators and homeowners. This color palette is very easy to work with, and the end result can be restful and calm.
From an interior decoration point of view, neutral colors alone cannot give a room beauty and ambiance. To make a room look great, it is best to pick two to three bright or pastel shades and then use neutral colors as accents. For example, if you are painting the room in shades of orange and yellow, than accents like tan and beige in crown moldings will look very good.
For a living room cream and gray when combined with shades of purple and lavender, work very well. This gives the living room a very cool ambiance that is refined and elegant. One of the best things about using these colors for home decoration is that they are very versatile and they go well with both pastel as well as bold colors.
Even in fashion, neutral colors are very important, and if you think about it, no wardrobe is complete without garments in these colors. The list of such colors is not a big one, but their importance cannot be neglected. Neutral colored shoes in white, brown, tan, and black are a must have in any one's wardrobe, since they match with every other color.
Work clothes also are predominantly in neutral colors since they look elegant and appropriate in a formal setting. These low saturation colors are used by the fashion industry to make neutral colored clothing. The beauty of such neutral colored clothes lies in their understated elegance and polish.
You can get many neutral colors by blending all three primary colors together. These colors play a very important role both in fashion and interior decoration. These earth-toned colors are a perfect compliment to more intense hues of colors.
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