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Neutral Tones, Beautiful Homes


Blog post written by A. Riley Designs , an interior design firm in New Westminster, BC

White & Grey

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When it comes to designing an interior, whether it’s a home that’s been lived in and needs a face lift or a new custom built home designed specifically for the client’s needs, many people opt for the safe design choice; something classic that will last through the years and age gracefully. Nothing captures this definition quite like the colours white and grey. 

This is most true in finishes that are more permanent and costly to replace, unlike re-painting walls a different colour. Finishes like cabinets, countertops, and backsplashes just to name a few. With the many tones available for both the colour white and grey, the possibilities seem endless. They are both such neutral colours that all other colours placed beside them will pop in vibrance.

As much as white and grey has dominated the design world for a few decades now as the best neutral colours on the palette, one must not forget that there are other amazing colours on the wheel that can be just as neutral. 


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Brown is one of the basic names this colour gets called. In the design world, it goes by many names and tones such as taupe, beige, or even espresso. No matter what undertone colour gets used, brown has been in the neutral game just as long as white and grey has. With the misfortunate overuse of it in the 90s, the colour brown has taken a massive swan dive to the bottom of the barrel and has somewhat been forgotten. However, like many things from the 90s, it is making a big comeback with the help of new undertones that make it a great partner to other finishes.


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Many people do not consider blue as a neutral colour. It has always been a baby room’s colour, or a throw pillow on the couch, or just an accent wall in the living room. Now blue has diversified and is fast becoming one of the most favourite neutral colours of the decade. Due to the colour’s subtle tones, it’s quite simple to pair it with any other accent colour of one’s choosing. From navy blue to powder blue, it’s the hue to do when colour is still a scary venture.

One Colour At A Time!

It’s an understandable fear when an interior designer proposes a colour that involve the clients to step out of their comfort zone. It is OK! Colour can be scary, especially when it’s not done properly. It can be too bright; it cam be too overwhelming; it might not be the right fit for the space; it might clash with the other colours in the room. So, take it slow and start small. That could mean merely painting the wall where the couch leans up against. Once bravery sets in, playing around with colour on the kitchen island cabinets or just the hood fan surround could be the next natural step. Perhaps it’s going neutral everywhere else and installing a backsplash that has a slight tint to it.

No matter what design decision is made, just remember: neutral is great but colour is better!