6 Essential Rules for Color-Phobes

6 Essential Rules for Color-Phobes

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Jennifer Hunter
Aug 16, 2015

You know who you are. You describe your perfect home with words like, "soothing," and you get a little skittish around too many brights. We're not here to change you, color-phobes. In fact, we'll enable your neutral tendencies. Follow these pointers to make sure you get the most out of your style.

Get the right white

When picking a white paint there are many things to consider: its warm or cool undertones, the light in your room and the sheen of your paint. Make sure to consider carefully since you'll be using so much of it.

Think about shape

Since you're using mostly neutrals, keep it interesting with interesting shapes and silhouettes. Look for furniture with great lines or curves to add interest and up the ante on color-free space.

Contrast woods for interest

With so little color, you can rely on woods to provide depth in your space. Don't go too matchy-matchy; go for the mix. Contrasting woods look great (see above!) with a neutral palette and might just make you feel brave at the same time.

Texture is your friend

Another essential when you're working with mostly neutrals? Texture. Keep your room from falling flat with plenty of jute, sheepskin, shag, burl wood, lace and all the other ways to get your surfaces roughed up.

Plants count as color

Even color-phobes can agree that plants are a nice (and green which totally counts as a color) element to any room. They add a fresh element that might otherwise be lacking in a neutral room.

Metallics add flash

If you're feeling bold, metallics are a great glam way to add sparkle and shine with minimal color. Feeling even braver? Play it fast and loose by mixing your metallics for a cool, devil-may-care look.

Speak up color-phobes, how do you keep your room interesting without employing color?

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