Secrets of Southern Design – Shhh! EVERY Color is Neutral!
DO you wanna hear a secret? I have been formulating this secret for years and I am finally ready to let it out of the bag. Are you ready?
Now I know you are scratching your head right now and thinking that a neutral is beige, black, tan or off white. Well they are, but those colors are not the only colors that can be classified as neutrals.
“A neutral really means… a color that blends well with other colors.”
So….show me a color that doesn’t do that. All color blends well with some other color. So, if you are in love with a particular shade of purple, then choose it as your neutral and work from there. Here are my Top 5 go to neutrals (NONE of which are khaki or tan!) from the Benjamin Moore palette.
Benjamin Moore Gray Wisp 1570 – This gray/green is fabulous paired with red, darker greens, purples, grays and many shades of blue
Benjamin Moore 1417 English Hyacinth – Soft periwinkle. This neutral is fabulous and lends a calming affect to a space. It pairs especially well with soft greens but can also be refreshing with navy and exciting with shades of red!
Benjamin Moore Yarmouth Blue HC-1 50 – This color is wonderful. I often use it on ceilings as it is beautiful with light reflecting from it. It pairs nicely with darker shades of blue and soft shades of green. It can also be nice with stronger yet cooler colors. If you pair it with greens it tends to take on more of a greenish cast. Very pretty!
So what neutrals have you used in your own space? Please let me know if you think all color is neutral!