The perfect backdrop

A neutral is a colour that acts as a subtle background hue, which can easily be layered with other stronger colours. That makes neutrals a great blank canvas for you to get creative, giving your artwork and architectural features a chance to shine.

A neutral colour scheme can be anything from light neutrals, such as cream and white, to darker shades from the colour chart, such as chocolate or charcoal.

Break with tradition

Traditional neutral shades include taupe, nutmeg and sandstone. But, here, a grey-brown lavender is used as a neutral backdrop in this bedroom decor. Different tones of the same colour palette have then been layered around the room with sumptuous dark lavender pillows and a beautiful pale lavender bedspread. Decorative touches in harmonising hues of gold and rich rust complete the elegant scheme.

Steal the look

Follow these steps to recreate a similar interior design: • Try using a colour swatch with five different tones of the same colour. • Then layer the room with the different shades on walls, woodwork and furnishings. • Finish by adding other accessories in harmonising hues, which sit close to your main shade on the colour wheel. You’ll easily be able to give your home decor a beautiful colour scheme by using neutrals as a base.