Accessorize Neutral Paints With Color

by J on November 8, 2010

Neutrals. It’s hard to go wrong with these colors in your home. They go with about anything and are a perfect color choice if you are trying to sell your home. It may be that you feel safe to have your VA painter use whites, taupes, beiges and cream colors. But if there’s a little color-loving side of you ready to come out, why not explore that exciting side with some accessories?

First of all, let’s look at a few neutrals that are good shades for any home. Neutral colors are classics that will always be in style and match any décor. Sherwin-Williams paints has a neutral paint line containing the following colors:

*Practical Beige   *Pacer White   *Krypton   *Ivoire   *Rice Grain   *Harmonic Tan   *Mega Greige   *Warm Stone   *Java   *Cyberspace

Dutch Boy’s neutral line includes this extensive list:

*Empire State   *Honest Abe   *Vineyard Point   *Black   *Colonial Cobblestone   *Family Tree   *Popcorn   *Mt. Olive   *Kelsey Island Green   *Grand Stand   *Stonewall Jackson   *Bronze Sculpture   *Big Sky Blue   *Lavender Sundown   *New Age Crystal   *Durham Beige

You can be sure that if you’ve instructed your painting contractor to paint your home with neutrals that the colors won’t be passé next year. This is one home improvement that will last for a long time. But, if you feel that the neutral shades are a little, well, boring, why not try injecting some color into the room with your accessories? Accessories can give a room that punch of color that accents the neutral shades and pulls the whole room together.

Decide which colors you would like to use as your accent colors. If you’re not quite sure on your selection, ask your house painter for suggestions and then add those colors in splashes of accessories.

Pillows are a great place to start. Home décor stores and discount stores sell pillows in every color imaginable, so you should be able to find some fun pillows in the accent color of your choice. Look for plain colors or patterns and then scatter them around the room, perched on chairs and couches or tucked in a corner. They will draw the eye and brighten up the room.

Pick up the color in a lampshade. Just because the shade came with the lamp doesn’t mean you have to keep it. Look for an interesting shade in your accent color. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.

Keep your eye out for a stool, side table, basket or other small piece of furniture in your accent color. Fabric in your accent color is another way to incorporate visual interest in a bland room. Your window treatments or a colorful throw will do the job nicely.

Finally, concentrate on the small details. Vases, flowers, candles and other knick-knacks can help tie the whole room together.

Using neutral colors doesn’t have to translate to a boring room. Let these classic colors be the backdrop to a room that is brimming with colorful accent pieces.

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