What Are Neutral Colors?

What are neutral colors?

Any color that lacks strong chromatic content is said to be unsaturated, achromatic, near neutral, or neutral. Near neutrals include browns, tans, pastels and darker colors. Near neutrals can be of any hue or lightness. Pure achromatic, or neutral colors include black, white and all grays.

Near neutrals are obtained by mixing pure colors with white, black or grey, or by mixing two complementary colors. In color theory, neutral colors are easily modified by adjacent more saturated colors and they appear to take on the hue complementary to the saturated color; e.g.: next to a bright red couch, a gray wall will appear distinctly greenish.

Black and white have long been known to combine “well” with almost any other colors; black decreases the apparent saturation or brightness of colors paired with it, and white shows off all hues to equal effect.


The neutrals are all those great colors that do not compete with anything else in a space and also work well with other colors. With a neutral wall our opportunities are endless, we could accessorize using blue, red or yellow items without changing the color of the wall and each of those colors would look great in that space.

Most people think that neutral colors are just white, gray and beige, but they forget black, brown and even blue can be neutral colors as well. I know, It can be hard to look at blue as a neutral, but think about how jeans match everything, right? I’m talking about that denim tone of blue that would look awesome with a yellow sofa.

In the past we were limited to just a few white paint colors and a few dark paint colors, now we have so many options with each color, that gives us the opportunity to play much more with our spaces. Not to mention the endless browns, beiges, grays and blues, it’s just amazing!

What’s your favorite neutral color? What other color would you use it with?


Warm & Cool Colors

Colors can even make you smile, relieve your stress and help you wander off into a good night’s sleep. So how do we know which colors are best for each task? That’s a good question. Designers are always throwing around terms like warm colors and cool colors. But what do they really mean?

Warm Colors

Warm colors are made with orange, red, yellow and combinations of these and similar colors. As the name indicates, they tend to make you think of warm things, such sunlight and heat. Visually, warm colors look as though they come closer, or advance (as do dark colors), which is why they’re often used to make large rooms seem cozier. If you have a huge bedroom that you want to look more intimate, try painting it a warm color such as terra cotta or brown to make it feel cozier

Cool Colors

Cool colors are typified by blue, green and light purple. They have the ability to calm and soothe. Where warm colors remind us of heat and sunshine, cool colors remind us of water and sky, even ice and snow. Unlike warm colors, cool colorslook as though they recede, making them great for small rooms you want to appear larger.

        If you have a tiny bedroom or powder room that you want to visually enlarge, try painting a color such as light blue to make it seem more spacious.

Red Meanings


  •   Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.
  •  Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure.
  •  It has very high visibility that’s why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red.
  • In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage. It is the color found in many national flags.
  •  Red brings text and images to the foreground.
  • Red is widely used to indicate danger (high voltage signs, traffic lights).
  • This color is also commonly associated with energy, so you can use it when promoting energy drinks, games, cars, items related to sports and high physical activity.


Light red:

represents joy, passion, sensitivity, and love.


signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.

Dark red:

is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.


suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.


associated with harvest and fall.

Kinds of Reds

Shades of the color Red may differ in hue, chroma, or lightness, or in two or three of these qualities. Variations in value are also called tints and shades. Tints being mixed with white and shades being mixed with black.


  • Pink
  • Salmon Pink
  • Coral Pink
  • Salmon


  • Scarlet
  • Imperial red
  • Indian red
  • Spanish red
  • Desire
  • Lust
  • Carmine
  • Ruby
  • Crimson
  • Rusty red
  • Fire engine red
  • Cardinal red
  • Chili red
  • Cornell Red
  • Fire brick
  • Madder
  • Redwood
  • OU Crimson
  • Dark red
  • Maroon
  • Barn red
  • Turkey red
  • Auburn

My favorite color you ask?

My favorite color you ask? It used to be green, but now it’s Brown. Have you ever poured cream into a cup of coffee and watched it swirl around, diluting the color into creamy caramel that looks so yummy you can’t wait to dive in? That’s my favorite color, because it’s the same color as your eyes. What about you?

Color Facts

1. And the world’s most popular color is…


According to various international studies, the world’s most popular color is blue. Based on the survey conducted by several global marketing firms, they’ve concluded that people worldwide picked blue (40%) as their favorite color followed by purple (14%).

2. Red is the first color a baby sees.


Studies have shown that infants as young as 2 weeks of age can already distinguish the color red. Probably because red has the longest wavelength among colors making it the easiest color to process by the developing receptors and nerves in the baby’s eyes.

3. Anger management issues? Use pink!


Pink is the palliative color. Apparently, it suppresses anger and anxiety due to its calming effect. That is why prisons and mental health care institutions paint their walls pink to control the behavior of those out-of-control prisoners and patients.

4. Fear of colors


Chromophobia, also known as chromatophobia is a persistent, irrational fear of colors. A severe form of this phobia can hinder daily activities and can make life self-limiting.

5.  Colors affect our depth perception.


We perceive warm colors as being closer to us while cool colors as farther. Same also with lighter colors being near and darker colors being farther.


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