The right neutral in the right space seems effortless but, in reality, neutrals are incredibly complex colors. To help you find the best neutral for your Boulder, CO, home or office, the professionals at Jacobsen Brothers Painting have put together some tips to help you understand the ins and outs of the colors that are reputed to go with anything.
Neutrals aren’t non-colors or the absence of colors
Made by mixing colors together until they become muddied or dull, neutrals can actually be comprised of several colors. The undertone will be the determining factor that identifies the color impression. Browns, grays, tans, greiges, whites and eggshells are just a few directions that neutrals can take you.
Neutrals can be bright or dull, depending on chroma
Chroma is the intensity of a color. The brighter the color, the higher the chroma. These colors are considered clean and pure. Lower chroma, on the other hand, are colors that have been muddied. They edge closer and closer to neutrals as the colors are mixed.
It’s not true that neutrals go with anything
Each neutral has its own nuance color based on what colors were toned down to create it. Therefore, you will find that some colors marry really well with the neutral you selected and others will not. For example, if your neutral came from an orange base to become a greige, it can look anemic if paired with a magenta.
Lighting is a game-changer
The same neutral can change colors all day long, as the light changes. Consider which direction your windows face before deciding on a neutral. For example, a room that gets bright sunlight may draw the nuance of purple from a color that originally seemed to be gray. Before you commit to a color, put a sample on the wall and check it throughout the day for color variations. Paint samples can often be purchased in 8 ounce trial sizes.
Neutrals can be warm or cool
Depending on which color family the neutral originated, it will retain the warm or cool properties of that color. If a neutral came from muting a red, it will have a warm appearance in a room. If it came down from a blue, it will have a cool feeling. You can know how a neutral will behave in a space by knowing its origin color. If you want a cozier space, consider going with a warmer color family. If you want a relaxing room, a cool color would work wonders.
Why Choose Jacobsen Brothers Painting?
With over 65 years of experience and a professional team of experienced painters, Jacobsen Brothers Painting knows how to pair neutrals with the right rooms. Our full line of painting services ensures your next remodeling project will go smoothly from start to finish.
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Ready to look at neutrals to find one that you love? Call us today at (303) 449-3239 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your free consultation. We’re excited about transforming your favorite spaces by introducing the perfect neutrals to achieve just the right effect. Neutrals can be the answer to your decorating needs, and a professional application of just the right neutral can make it pop.