Neutral interiors are far from boring. With a muted colour palette and natural materials a neutral interior provides a calm and relaxing environment.
BERNIE’S BEACH by Sally Caroline (Photography Shannon McGrath)
When you want to create a calm and relaxing space, with great resale value, it’s hard to beat a neutral interior.
Far from being dull and boring, neutral interiors use soothing colours and textures to create a comforting space. Think earthy tones such as beige, grey and greige, and natural materials like linen, timber, rattan, wool and ceramics.
The B&B Residence explores minimalism with a restrained material and colour palette including walls painted in Dulux ‘Whisper White’, Solid French oak floorboards, Corian benchtop and sink in ‘Glacier White’ and Caesarstone Fresh Concrete island benchtop.
Superbianco Oak floors by Admonter form a soft, neutral foundation throughout Sage House that perfectly compliment the organic form of Doug Johnson’s Woven Pendant over the dining table and the breezy sheer curtains.
A neutral palette for the bathroom has moved beyond plain white tiles. Neutrals are more about a muted and natural colour and textures that create a calming space. Think soft natural light through skylights, warm mood lighting, natural stone and timber, and soft cotton.
The colour range for a neutral room extends far beyond natural white and wood. It’s a good idea to include a hint of colour, or a small bite of black or a dark colour to provide some contrast and tone as show in the Wattle House.
Subtle and comforting is the aim for neutral interiors, and this is achieved not only with the colours used but also the texture. Texture provides warmth, comfort and movement which is why it is so important in a neutral space. As well as soft furnishings, you can add texture to walls with a wallpaper, special wall paint or panelling.