Neutral State: How to achieve understated elegance using a neutral colour palette

Generally speaking, we think there are two types of people in this world - those that relish in colour and those that find enjoyment in a more understated colour palette. Now, when it comes to the team at Perth Style Co, there is no denying that more often that not, we would find ourselves in the latter group so when it came to this stunning new build in funky Menora, we knew just what we wanted to achieve!

Now, when it comes to styling homes, a common misconception is that if there is no colour, there is no personality. Well, we are here to show you just how you can mix neutrals to create a look that is interesting, timeless and beyond beautiful!

This particular home in Menora has been totally transformed and is beyond impressive behind every corner. So it was very important that the styling did not compete with the property and instead, just supported the existing look and feel - that's why neutrals and naturals were the perfect choice!

Pair the right tones

Layering the right tones of fabrics and furnishings creates the perfect sense of warmth, space and light. So what is the trick? The key to achieving this is adding dimension and depth through different tones. There is so much variety out there - you'll be surprised how greys can be warm or cool, how taupe can give off undertones of pink or grey and how whites can range from icy to cream. All these variations will help you achieve totally different looks. If you're feeling slightly overwhelmed and don't know where to start, it's best to decide on a base colour and go from there.

Introduce texture

Without bold colour, texture is key to nailing a neutral colour palette. Mixing a range of different materials helps to create dimension, bring contract and draw the eye in a room. Think glass, leather, ceramics, linen, suede, velvets, wood or stone, and contemplate how each of these finishes will work with one another. This is key to creating the perfect balance of contrast!

Proportion & Balance

No matter what you are styling, size and shape always need to be considered in order to create a well proportioned and balanced room. Start by finding your focal point and go from there - this will help to dictate the scale of all the items in the room. For example, the focal point of this kitchen was the gorgeous island bench in stunning marble. To support this, we had to utilise a mix of furniture and accessories varying in size to ensure they do not overpower or compete with the feature bench. If you're struggling with balance and proportion, just remember less is more. It's better to achieve a stunning understated look than to dilute the overall impact with too much furniture or accessories.

Styling with neutrals really is about the perfect balance between texture, tone and proportion. When executed well, you can create a look that is high impact, whilst still fresh, elegant and timeless. What are your secrets to nailing a neutral palette?

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