If you have a tight budget to redecorate a room or are simply not ready to commit to a certain color scheme, consider going neutral! “Going neutral” may sound boring, but it is actually both a smart and beautiful idea for many spaces.
Why go neutral? If you are on a budget, going neutral is a safe choice because you can always add color or make changes when you have the disposable income to do so. In addition, neutrals are budget-friendly because they are often easier to find via retail sources and demonstrate a clean, classic look that doesn’t “grow old” quickly. If you opt instead to use this season’s “in” colors for big pieces like a sofa or carpet, you may quickly grow tired of them when next season rolls around and what was “in” six months ago is now “out.” Going neutral means that you will never have this problem.
Using neutrals like taupes, off-whites, and tans is also a good idea for those who are scared to commit to a color scheme or who have no idea how to incorporate colors that appeal to them into a room. Whether you are on a budget or simply experiencing a color conundrum, the easy design formula below will give you a fail-safe way to have a beautiful home even when you still may be debating the actual colors you want to use down the road.
Step 1: Keep the basics neutral. Select core room elements – wall color, window treatments, upholstery and rugs – in neutral fabrics and designs. In a family room for instance, purchase main furniture elements in neutral tones and fabrics, and move forward from there to pick a complementary paint color, etc. By no means am I promoting an all beige or all taupe room. These first neutral choices will lay the foundation for the colors that you will infuse into your space as your color fear or confusion is overcome.
Step 2: Add color. As you incorporate other elements like art, accessories and accent pieces into the room, consider bringing colors into the mix. These secondary layers of spunk add life to the neutral base and are less expensive than the main act of the sofa, carpet, and so on, which means that they can be replaced inexpensively when you want a quick color swap.
That’s that! I said this was an easy design formula. As an added bonus it is also cost effective, keeping your budget in check and your colors under control!