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Decorating with Coloured Neutrals

When you think about decorating with neutrals, do you picture warm and cool whites, shades of taupe, grey, or even black? How about sage green or blush? No, these shades are technically not neutrals, but they tend to act that way. This is why they are referred to by many as coloured neutrals.

Coloured neutrals are colours that can take on the role of a neutral. They provide a solid anchor to a room and tend to impart a classic look that defies the whims of trendier interior options. These colours are often used as safe accents in transitional decorating; although they can work beautifully in most any style of home decor.

Here are Some of Our Favourite Coloured Neutrals


Sage Green

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Sage is probably the most widely embraced coloured neutral. It doesn’t so much call attention to itself as it whispers a quiet hello. It can stand out as an accent in a room filled with beige and off white, or play a steadfast supporting role when paired with something more ostentatious, like eggplant or pink.



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Plum might not seem obvious as a coloured neutral, but when you think about the definition as a colour that can take a neutral’s place, then you may begin to see how it can work. Simply imagine plum in the place of black or dark brown and it opens up a whole new world of decorating possibilities.



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Blush is a calming coloured neutral that has made its way into nearly every room in certain homes, from front doors to bathrooms and even the home office. It offers a fresh, softened take on the sterility that can sometimes exist in a neutral environment.

Navy Blue

coloured neutrals

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Navy blue has always seemed like black’s slightly more subdued sibling, in everything from clothing to home décor. It tends to be moody without the edginess of black and offers a beautifully subtle contrast when used alongside toasty colours like caramel, cappuccino, and cream.


Pale Blue

coloured neutrals

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Blue has traditionally not been thought of as a neutral; however, there are certain calming shades that can be used that way, much like sage green. For example, Benjamin Moore’s Glass Slipper is the type of blue that can moonlight as a neutral. This shade has a light tone, reminiscent beige and lighter greys.

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