Neutral Colour Palette Inspiration

Updated: Dec 10, 2021


Black, white, grey, brown, and creme are neutral colours. Although not bold, they are considered complementary colours. When used exclusively, a neutral colour palette results in a minimalist aesthetic. Light shades make a space look airy, fresh, and clean. Darker shades, on the contrary, create a cozier ambiance.


The neutral colour palette has gained popularity in most contemporary homes. They can fit into any colour scheme and interior design style. The palette gives a decorator or homeowner a lot of freedom to experiment with bold and intricate items for decor.


Neutral colours allow items and furnishings in the space to pop without competing for attention. You are free to use other interior design elements such as texture and pattern to spice up your space.


A monochromatic room can look sophisticated if the colours are layered correctly. For example, an all-white room can have elements of cream, ivory, and beige. Such a room feels calm and pristine. However, it may come off as boring to some people. Shades of brown and earthy green introduced to the room would add warmth and make the space feel more comfortable. Major items in darker colours can break the monotony. A brown leather couch paired with a textured rug would tie the room together perfectly. Smaller accessories like pillows and vases should match the neutral walls to complement the look.


Small spaces and spaces that experience minimal natural light need light-neutral walls to make the room look bigger and brighter. Nevertheless, neutral colours may be utilized as primary interior colours with brighter shades for a pop of colour.


Here are proven neutral colour palettes that work magic for any room:

Terracotta, white, and grey

This combination is perfect for Scandinavian-style homes. With terracotta being on trend, you can easily incorporate it in a white and grey-themed room in the form of accents. Let the colour accentuate in fabrics, one major piece of furniture, or wooden elements like floors and stairs balustrade.


Black, white & beige

Black and white is a classic combo but needs a little spicing up to avoid looking basic. One way of doing this is by adding beige to the mix. Beige adds a little warmth, breaks up the white, and tones down the black. On the flip side, different shades of beige on the walls and furniture can be accentuated using patterned fabrics in white and black. An accent wall in black and white stripes would introduce an acceptable unexpected twist.


White, light grey & pale pink

Light grey furniture looks good against white walls. A touch of pale pink accessories to finish the look and achieve the perfect luxurious look more desirable for bedrooms and bathrooms. Use textures in rugs and throws to balance the soft look.

Light blue, grey & white

Relaxation rooms (the living room, bathroom, and bedroom) can use this combination for maximum effect. The blue adds a punch of colour that can be utilized in large artwork, curtains, and other accessories.


The above combinations are nothing close to boring. The key is to use up to three neutral colours in your palette and choose a bolder undertone to complement. Maximize texture and include metals in accessories to light a fire of instant admiration in your space.