“Even though today’s home furnishing trends are sparkling with more and more colour, using neutrals is still your most practical, long-term, budget-friendly choice,” says colour guru Dewey Sadka. The beauty of new naturals is the ease in which you can create high contrast colour and texture combinations. A natural colour palette includes a surprisingly broad range of hues, from white to black and a variety of browns, ochres and greys. Using these shades in your home can help you feel more centred and better able to prioritise your thoughts and actions, according to Dewey Sadka.

Today’s naturals incorporate not only colour, but also contrasting textures like smooth against rough: man-made steel juxtaposed with the roughness of natural materials such as rattan, cane, cork, bamboo, timber and stone. “It makes good sense to use neutrals on high end items, such as curtains, carpets, flooring and furniture,” he says. Then you can go wild with colour in other parts of the room. Colours come and colours ¬go, but neutrals always work with what’s in style.”

Colour Combo’s
• Mix beige and brown with rich, warm colours such as deep red and pale gold to create a space that feels sensual and comforting.
• Browns that incorporate just a hint of red are perfect for dining rooms. They help to create a warm, cosy atmosphere that is conducive to relaxed entertaining and formal evenings.
• In a modern or contemporary setting shades of green and stone create a dramatic effect.
• In line with the latest colour palettes available, a combination of teal and chocolate is cool and warm – perfect for summer or winter. Accessorise the look with crisp white for a sophisticated look.
• In a more traditional home pale green, cream and gold offer a dramatic setting for dark wood furniture.
• Orange or yellow can be added to a south-facing room that needs a touch of sunshine.
To add more interest to a natural palette, introduce accessories with strong patterns in muted colours. To help you choose a colour scheme, look at the colours in the largest pattern in the room first, be it drapery, upholstery fabric, a rug or a large artwork. Then choose colours based upon that piece.

Written by – Janice Anderssen, www.Home-Dzine.co.za / Photography – Dutch Boy – Home Comforts

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