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The feeling’s neutral: a guide to tonal interiors

Committing to a colour scheme when you’re decorating can be overwhelming – especially if you’ve picked the trending (but sometimes hard-to-pull-off) neutral palette. The best way to harmonise your hues and stop it from looking too cold? Tash Bradley from online decor and paint brand Lick shares her expert tips for staying on tone.

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1. By layering in different materials and patterns through furniture and accessories, you can create a dynamic and interesting space. Soft neutrals like cream, grey and light brown help to create a calm and serene atmosphere. Want it to feel a tad more opulent? Add reflective mirrors and touches of glass and chrome.

2. If you want to nail your wall colours, consider the undertones. Just like the base notes in wine, paint undertones can change the temperature of a shade and make you appreciate a colour much more. At Lick, we use blue undertones for a crisp, Scandi vibe, lilac for softness, green for warmth and brown for depth.

3. Neutral paints can look different depending on the light. North-facing rooms need warming up with cream and brown, whereas east-facing rooms are best paired with cooler white or grey-green. West-facing rooms look better with creamy white or beige. South-facing rooms, meanwhile, suit most shades, but a pale grey will keep them feeling light and breezy.

4. When it comes to styling, there’s no such thing as too much texture. Try offsetting matte painted walls with coarse materials like wood and rattan, and natural fibres like shearling, wool and suede.



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