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Defining true neutral shades is tricky because a large number of colours we know as neutrals have undertones of other colours like red, blue or green. However, neutrals are a colour family in their own right and are now extremely popular in interiors and fashion design.
Neutrals have become so well loved due to their amazing versatility and flexibility in making spaces look more contemporary or classic, chic or cosy. They are easy to live with and provide the perfect canvas for all the things you love. Neutrals are often used because of their ability to provide a relaxed atmosphere in your home as they are undemanding, easy to live with shades.
Neutrals are often split into two types; warm neutrals such as brown, tan and beige, and cool neutrals like white, silver and grey. Cool neutrals are perfect for creating pretty, lacy style bedrooms or ultra contemporary kitchens and living rooms. Warm neutrals are so flexible and work well in any space particularly where warmth and relaxation is desired.
Our growing concern for the environment and its woodlands is reflected in this palette with colours which are reminiscent of cut timber, bark and cork- warm, gentle shades that are easy to live with and relaxing.
Clay and earth tones express both the natural environment and the natural materials of sustainable craftwork for communities across different cultures.
Pales and soft off-whites create feelings of light, warmth and serenity but with character.
This array of off-whites and greys can be used together to create a layered look that will add depth, dimension and interest.
Understated greys allow for maximum combination possibilities with a wide variety of tones from other palettes- try with mustard yellows, corals or teals for a high fashion look.
Deeper shades like clay and slate grey are architectural colours that put over a mood of contemporary chic. They offset warmer and brighter shades beautifully and give depth and definition to pale warm neutrals.
Warm, inviting neutrals create a classic, ageless style. Here Muddy Puddle brings a relaxing atmosphere to this living space. Its warm tones are accentuated by the more muted neutral (Nutmeg White) a subtle combination that will soften any room. Timeless is a classic cream which is perfect for smartening up your woodwork and goes with a wide range of colours or warm and cool neutrals.
Here we have kept it simple with Gentle Fawn using subtle white and cream accessories with interesting textures and shapes.
Shades of grey are perfect for bringing your space up to date with cool tones that compliment each other beautifully. Here we have combined Frosted Steel with a slightly darker shade to highlight the modern cupboards. These greys offer simplicity and work especially well in busier spaces like kitchens where there is so much clutter elsewhere to contend with. Grey can be used to create a subtle backdrop for bursts of bolder colour like a strong teal vase or patterned crockery.
Dulux Light + Space Matt makes any room feel brighter and more spacious. Its patented LumiTec formulation works with light-reflective particles to reflect up to twice as much light back into your room, when compared to our conventional emulsion paints.
Dulux Light+Space Quick Dry Satinwood for wood and metal surfaces makes any room feel brighter and more spacious. Its patented LumiTec formulation works with light-reflective particles to reflect up to twice as much light* back into your room when used with Dulux Light+Space Matt. *compared to our conventional paints.
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