Neutral Colors

When you have predominantly neutral colors ........the mood is conservative and based on safety and security.

Defining Neutral Colors

Neutral colors can be defined as those colors to which you can't give a definite color  name. If you can't describe your color scheme as blue, green, yellow, turquoise, pink, orange, red, etc, then you most likely have neutral colouring. These colors include beige, cream, ivory, white, grey, brown and natural wood. 

To be in this category everything from walls, to the floor, to the fabrics, to the furniture and the accessories are all neutral in colour. This doesn’t mean all the one neutral; there may be a variety of different neutrals used.

If 90% of the room is neutral, then the mood will be neutral. However, if you have just used a couple of neutral items mixed with other colors, the room isn’t predominantly neutral.

These colors can be light, medium or dark, or a contrasting combination of dark and light. The best description of neutral is natural, with these colors appearing often in nature. Examples can be seen in the trunks of dead trees, the bark of most trees, and in the dried stalks and vines of other plants which have been bleached by the effect of the sun, in driftwood on the beach and in various timbers.

If you have created a neutral mood in your home, you are probably someone who likes to play it safe and not create waves.  You are not prepared to make a bold statement in the decoration of your home and you are probably not prepared to make a bold statement about yourself or your needs.

What this means in your life will depend on which room you are in. If neutral colors are throughout your whole home, you are careful in displaying emotion and passion in all areas of your life.

Neutral Colors in Your Bedroom, Bathroom or Living Room

If this is your bedroom, the psychological message is neutrality in your intimate life. You may even feel very neutral about the relationship you are in or about committing to a relationship at all.  You prefer to play it safe, rather than taking risks, when it comes to love. 

If this is your bathroom, you don’t show your emotions easily, keeping them contained and private; neutral.

If it is your living room, you present a conservative and neutral face to the world, hiding your inner feelings.

Of course, there are people who are worried about choosing colors which don't coordinate or harmonise well, so neutrals become a safe choice.  This fear of taking a risk with color can show itself in a fear of displaying intimacy and emotion too.

Although neutral colors can create a classic European look, they do indicate a lack of enthusiasm, passion, opinion or sentiment.

The darker neutrals tend to create a heavier mood while the paler neutrals create a lighter mood.

People who favor neutrals are often the fence-sitters of the world, very careful in making decisions and careful in sharing their feelings. They prefer the safety of having a non-committed view of things, able to swing to whichever side they wish at the time – and the side they swing to will be the least confrontational at the time.

If your home is neutral and you love it, then there is nothing wrong with keeping it that way – it just means that this is your comfort zone in decorating your home.

Changing Your Neutral Mood

If you wish to change this neutral atmosphere, just add some color to change it. You can still keep the neutrals for floors, walls and even furniture, but add color in your accessories, such as cushions, floor rugs with some color, paintings and other decorative items, or create a colored feature wall with paint or wallpaper

Key Words: neutral, safe, conservative, non-involvement, non-emotional.

Note: Although neutrally coloured clothes have a classically European look, neutrally coloured bedrooms are different. They indicate the most intimate aspects of your inner self rather than the image you present to the outside world.  Choosing neutrals in your bedroom can indicate you are not yet absolutely sure of yourself in terms of relationships and sex, or that there is no passion or emotion involved in your intimate life.


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