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Vive la neutrals!

For a long time, beige was the only neutral you could think of apart from black, white, and their in-the-news-now offspring grey. But what would you say if we give you seven new options to play with?

Greige

A mix of grey and beige, greige has become extremely popular in home décor. Greige translates into grey goods, and usually refers to raw fabric that’s not yet been dyed, bleached or finished.

Grellow

If you thought you can’t go beyond greige, say hello to grellow. This blend of grey and yellow works extremely well as a neutral. What colour are we talking about exactly? Think the colour of a tennis ball!

Navy Blue

It is one of the most popular colours across the world. But this dark and sophisticated shade of blue is edging out black in the neutral sweepstakes. It pairs well with any colour and seems to be here to stay.

Sage

This mix of grey and green brings to mind a profusion of dried sage leaves. It’s calm, soothing and tranquil, which makes it the best choice for bedrooms and quieter zones.

Camel

This shade of brown resembles the colour of the hair of a camel. Associated with stylish trench coats for years, camel can be dressed up or down. The best part? It’s more multifaceted and sophisticated than cousin beige.

Amethyst

This rich and regal colour, an offshoot of the purple family, adds a contemporary vibe to any space. Don’t worry about landing up with a feminine space. Contrast the prettiness of the colour with masculine furniture and accessories.

Indigo

There’s something special about blue which is why two shades of this colour make it to this list. A traditional Indian colour, indigo adds depth and drama to any space and can be used in a myriad ways.

Give the usual neutrals the go-by and try these versatile alternatives to lay the perfect foundation for a beautiful room. You can create a layered effect by contrasting fabrics, patterns, textures and shapes. Enjoy the chameleon nature a neutral palette lends to your room — dress it up when you’re in the mood; dress it down when not.

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