Learning More About Neutral Colors & Why Professional Stagers Utilize Them

We can all identify with neutral colors. They are relaxing, gentle back drops to basic areas such as public environments and the home spaces we experience every day. Spaces like hallways, utility areas and stairwells.

Then, if we are in a colorful space, often the furnishings are neutral such as the window coverings, the upholstered furniture and blended accessories.

Even with many social occasions we find we ourselves covered in neutral dyed clothing, outer garments and accessories due to their agreeable way of relating to every scenario.

This is why Staging Consultants, Certified Color Consultants and especially Staging Designers utilize neutral color palettes in most homes being staged “for sale”. You may notice when you see a photograph online of perfectly staged interiors; they appear bright, yet calming and refreshing. Truly, you can never go wrong working with neutrals colors.

Did you know every color family actually reduces down to a neutral? This is why you will find what we all refer to as overtones of another color in our most basic of colors, neutrals.

Grays will have a tinge of blue or green.

Whites will cast a quality of pink, yellow or orange.

Even brown and blacks will have hints of other colors in them.

In fact, there are literally hundreds of neutral colors. If you were to take a course in color theory, you might be truly amazed. So, next time you happen to be in your local paint store, for example, Sherwin Williams look at their wall of color. Notice at the bottom of the many color families they all end with neutral colors.

If you should find yourself selling your home, consider learning more about neutrals and how they can enliven your environment.


Julie has made the study of art history, architecture, interior design and landscape design her focus for over 40 years. Having traveled internationally to many countries in Europe and delighted in immersing herself in their art, architecture and lifestyle design; the influence of witnessing harmonious design on all scales has led her to write about Interior Design in the Boulder Woman’s magazine, design the home she currently lives in and to choose “professional staging and office redesign” as a method for influencing our local culture into looking deeper into the metaphors that designing space creates on a personal and professional level. Professionally trained and certified in Occupied & Vacate Home Staging, Professional Color Consulting as well as Buyer’s Trends Specialist; Julie continues to expand her knowledge with an in-depth recognition of the effects of conscious design and energy on houses and properties. She offers insights as well as specifics for removing the negative influences that prevent properties from selling as well as those which prevent businesses from being successful.

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