Residential Remodeling Design Trends: Why Do They Call Them "New" Neutral Colors?


The fun of home additions or remodeling is that homeowners get to choose colors for their new walls. Lots of people watch HGTV’s home remodeling shows, in which flippers and remodelers knock out walls to make open spaces plus paint everything in sight. Residential design trends now are so many shades of gray for wall colors that a lot of people never want to see gray again. Alternatively, what’s left? For so many years, beige, white and gray have been the cornerstone of neutrals. That’s not all there is, though, so keep looking at paint swatches while we tell you all about it.

Definition of Neutral

The dictionary says neutral means unremarkable, bland, something with no strong characteristics or features. What that means for colors is that such shades, hues, or tints fall into none of the categories on the color chart. What falls between the colors on the chart are things like white, brown, and gray. These colors have no undertones of other stronger colors, no defining characteristics of other stronger colors.

Redefining Neutral

Decorators and build/remodelers have come to a new understanding of neutral paint colors. Today, it is a matter of perception. Greens, blues, browns, and golds are the new neutrals. They reflect the colors found in nature, they complement most any choice of wooden baseboards and trim, and they don’t clash with furniture or accessories like paintings or throw pillows and rugs. Perception is also in how the new neutral paint colors generate a mood. A sandy pink, for example, painted on the ceilings give the room as well as its inhabitants a rosy healthy glow. Homeowners wishing to instill confidence in people who enter a room might use a blue-green color. Want guests to feel more comfortable than confident? Tone down the green and concentrate the color more on the blue side. The new neutrals complement the wide open spaces of open concept floor plans, looking elegant and classy.

How to Handle It

Homeowners revamping their homes for their own comfort might use the new neutrals in place of the tired white, tan and gray. Homeowners preparing their houses for sale might consider muted colors like the new golds, blues, greens, and browns. They complement the homeowners' furnishings. Glaring white trim on baseboards, moldings, doors, and windows further mute the colors and provide a pleasing balance. The wide open spaces of the open concept floor plan offer the perfect setting for such balance. Just look at a decorating show to see how it works out. For those homeowners not quite comfortable yet with the new neutrals, just cut the color of your choice with a little white or gray to lighten the color. It will still have warm or cool undertones and give your room a lovely focus.

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