After the bright lights of the holidays, are you ready for some calmer, more soothing neutral colors for the New Year? But what if the old standards—beige, taupe, sand, tan, cream and white—leave you yawning? Just hang on. The new neutrals for 2016 are anything but boring. You may even find them beautiful and downright stunning.
On the walls, take tan to the extreme this year, with shades of oyster pink to terra cotta. Not tickled with pinks? No worries. You can choose from soft dove gray to moody blues or calm down with neutral pear or sage tones.
Off the walls, set your cream and beige sofa, chairs and rugs against a bronze painted wall. Or add some punch with pops of color (think pillows, blankets, lamps, etc.) in the new industrial and futuristic metallics such as shimmery pewter and metallic grays, browns and coppers.
Or why not have fun and take your color cues from the fashionistas instead of the decorating divas? What works on the runway can work just as well in the rumpus room if you get creatively neutral. Just think animal prints or ombre in the trendiest neutrals and you’ll have a palette the little ones love and one you’ll want to show off to the grownups.
In the kitchen, white is still trending, from cabinets to countertops, but feel free to mix with other neutrals, such as black countertops or wood accents. If you want your classic colors to stand out even more, add a bright backsplash in jewel-tone glass tiles or aqua subway tiles.
If you’re still not feeling it, a lot of trend watchers are noticing yellow and green undertones in many of the new neutral paint colors and tones, proving that even gray can be warm and cozy this year without that look and feel of a battleship we’ve experienced in the past.
One final note. If you’re thinking of listing your home in 2016, get excited about some of the new neutrals and you might find more buyers excited about your home, minimizing your days on the market and maximizing your sale price.
And that’s just one more reason we say ring in the New Year with the new neutrals—because they are anything but boring!