Go natural with neutral colour

A neutral or natural colour scheme offers simplicity. A classic and enduring soft look inspired by the honesty of nature itself. pebble floor

Among estate agents and ‘home-stagers’, popular opinion is that decorating your home in neutral or natural colours (including landlord’s favourite - magnolia!) will most likely appeal to prospective buyers. This, they tell us is so that the prospective purchaser can view your property as if it were a blank canvas and imagine their own things in it.

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Mostly when we refer to natural or neutral colours, we are describing a group of colours that are lighter variations of white, grey or brown. White or very light neutral colours reflect the qualities of cleanliness, clarity, of something that’s new and untouched. So in this way it can encourage a state of mind where it becomes possible for you to visualise your own clean slate or new start.

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A decorating scheme that is mainly in light neutral colours will perhaps add to a sense of space that can feel quite soothing. Washed or bleached whites and colours continue to be an emerging trend. Think driftwood, pebble and frosted glass and the opalescence of seashell colours. Add interest to this type of decorating palette with plenty of textural elements in natural fibres or materials such as linen, wool, cotton silk, ceramic and wood.

(Images courtesy www.deringhall.com, www.westelm.com, www.notonthehighstreet.com)