Ever since the May issue of Martha Stewart Living arrived in my mail box, I've not been able to put it down. It's one of my favorites in a long time! And the best article of all is the piece on 'Superneutrals... colors that are muted in tone, with a touch of grey or white mixed in, so that the volume is dialed down a bit.' In other words, hues for the color-phobic amongst us!
We often talk here about how much we love color--vivid salmon, punchy cherry--but don't often use it in our homes for fear that we'll tire of it too quickly. That's where superneutrals come in. They're colors bold enough to make a statement, but versatile enough to lend themselves to multiple applications when you're ready for a change.
Take the green on this wall, for example. It's subtle with warm undertones, so treat it as you would a beige. Blush upholstery and gilt accents feel posh and feminine for now, and in five years switch out the pink for a sunshiny floral to refresh the space.
Pattern as superneutral? You betcha! Look at the shades in this wallpaper: the flowers themselves are a cool blue, while the background is mocha with a smidge of peach. The bright orange bench therefore feels right at home, not only because it plays on that hint of peach, but because orange is the complement to blue on the color wheel. It's science, people!
Use the concept of superneutrals not only to foster harmony in a single room, but also to unite multiple rooms with differing palettes. For example, my living room walls are a pale mauve and my hallway is pistachio, but because I chose colors with the same grey undertones, it flows beautifully.
Now you tell me: Have you decorated with color? How do you make it work?