Getting ready to make a big change or addition to your home? If you’re selecting a porcelain tile, consider a neutral color flooring. Neutrals, like flooring, are the foundation of any design and they can be utilized in different ways: as a base to support a statement color scheme or, by layering neutrals in similar tones to make a peaceful, calming environment. Using neutrals in your home affords incredible design flexibility. So, if you don’t have a complete vision-plan; Don’t stress. Just start!!!
Wait! What is a Neutral Color?
A pure neutral is a black, brown, white or gray with shades in between. These shades can be influenced by undertones, making them near neutrals that range from warm (pink, yellow, orange) to cool (blue, purple, green). Undertones can be used to incorporate and complement colors in a design scheme. Consider the possibilities applied to porcelain tile: a cool gray cement-look porcelain tile combines beautifully with an icy white sofa or complements a rich leather sofa with elements of black, brown, yellow and orange.
The Ideal Background
Your neutral color flooring can still be showcased while acting as backdrop. As a background, it offsets colors and balances the overall look of your design. A throw rug in a complementary color brings out the highlights in your wood-look porcelain or shows off the detail in your Marble-look tiles. If the rug color looks dated in a year or two, it’s more easily replaced than flooring!
For a more simplistic design: use neutral colors all over. Choosing darker tones can make for an intimate, cozy feel but requires a lot of natural light, as darker tones can visually shrink a space. Alternately, an airy, open look can be achieved in most spaces by selecting lighter shades for the walls, and slightly darker shades of the same color for the floor, upholstery and rugs.