Neu­trals make pos­i­tive im­pact on color pal­ette

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - CATHY HOBBS Cathy Hobbs, based in New York, is a tele­vi­sion host and in­te­rior de­sign and home stag­ing ex­pert with of­fices in New York, Bos­ton and Wash­ing­ton.

Love color? Some­times your most pow­er­ful color state­ment may ac­tu­ally be lack of color. Many home­own­ers long for neu­tral color pal­ettes, typ­i­cally con­sist­ing of white, cream and some­times gray.

Sound bor­ing? Neu­tral col­ors can ac­tu­ally be the foun­da­tion for an ele­gant, min­i­mal­ist pal­ette if used ef­fec­tively.


Tone on tone is a pop­u­lar color trick used by pro­fes­sional in­te­rior de­sign­ers. The tech­nique in­volves us­ing tints, tones and shades of the same or sim­i­lar col­ors. The re­sult can be a blended pal­ette of sim­i­lar col­ors that


So often, peo­ple for­get white is ac­tu­ally a color. In fact, many de­sign­ers use white as an ac­cent color. From white fur­ni­ture to art­work, ac­ces­sories and ac­cents, white can be a pow­er­ful color in your tool­box.


Brown is a fab­u­lous foun­da­tion color that doesn’t have to look muddy or drab. In­stead of the usual deep choco­late tones, which are cer­tainly rich and ele­gant, con­sider other tones such as camel, tof­fee or cream. It is also per­fectly ac­cept­able to mix browns, and even use the color of woods that may al­ready ex­ist in the space, such as ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures, as in­spi­ra­tion.


From sil­ver to char­coal, grays can be warm or cool. Gray is one of the most pop­u­lar col­ors for those look­ing to cre­ate a neu­tral, invit­ing pal­ette. When it comes to us­ing gray, don’t over­look the power of me­tal. Fin­ishes that you may in­clude in your space such as chrome or nickel can also help to blend with the gray ac­cents and ac­ces­sories.

A liv­ing room fea­tur­ing a monochro­matic cream color pal­ette cre­ates a sooth­ing pal­ette.

A wood ta­ble paired with camel-colored chairs cre­ates a rich look. work well to­gether.

Light, bright ac­cents can cre­ate a fresh look.

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Vary­ing tones of cream and gray cre­ate a blended, neu­tral pal­ette.

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