In the past ten years or so, neutral walls have gone from chic to the furthest thing from unique; nobody wants their house painted in a “builder beige”, or worse yet, stark white. However, allow me to explain, and better yet help you rediscover the beauty of the ‘neutral’.
I agree, the concept of builder beige has been done – but what is builder beige? And why is it so wrong? This seemingly hypothetical color is an overdone, dry and bland tonality that really is only wrong when it’s surrounded by other elements of the same, exact color (i.e. beige walls and an oversized beige sectional, beige pillows, beige lighting so on and so forth), and depending on your climate and the natural light in your geographic region, it can read as lifeless and flat. It’s important to choose color, especially neutrals, based around your climate. All to say that it’s really about choosing the right neutral for your space, as well as working with your surroundings and other elements in your home. Neutrals aren’t just wrong, it’s the way their incorporated into your space that can make them work or not.
The pacific northwest has many a gray days (in case you didn’t notice), so our perfect neutrals have a little rose in them. One of our favorites here at Garrison Hullinger Interior Design is Hazelwood by Benjamin Moore. We also use Devine Color, a specialized brand of paint made specifically with the pacific northwest in mind, not to mention they’re located right here in Portland Oregon. GHID’s designers are drawn to the warm greys, rosy stones as well as rich browns and sandalwood tones.
There are so many gorgeous neutrals to choose from when designing your home, for the paint, furniture and accessories alike. We here at GHID adore a classic neutral palette – and when done right – it can read as fresh, vibrant, soothing and beautiful all at the same time…
When done right, certain colors can often times read as a neutral as well…
See how neutral palettes are built in fashion as well: Polyvore
Written by GHID Associate Interior Designer: Nicole Copko