There are times when you can use vibrant colors and there are times when you can use neutral colors when it comes to your upholstery. Light colors and brightness of your upholstery fabric are mostly for the sake of adding spaciousness to your room. When there’s more light bouncing around, your empty space feels more airy and open because it helps maximize the effect created by natural light. Dark colors, on the other hand, make a room smaller. Meanwhile, naturally colored fabric for upholstery falls somewhere in between the vibrancy of light-colored upholstery and the suffocating darkness of dark-colored upholstery that limits space. In other words, if you wish to have a more balanced look with your room, you won’t go wrong with going neutral.
Being in the Middle
- Being neutral means being middle-of-the-ground. You don’t want extreme light to make your room look too cavernous to the point of looking empty but you don’t want absolute darkness to make you feel claustrophobic. A neutral color is like having a yin-yang symbol that balances light and darkness together, forming something that’s harmonious and peaceful rather than in strife or unbalanced. There’s also something calming about neutral designs.
- Neutrality gives the impression of impartiality and peacefulness. It makes your space open in a way, but not too much. It can limit the feeling of emptiness as well with its hint of darkness, but it doesn’t come off as too dark or too contrasting. Nevertheless, it does have some downsides. Neutral can also mean pale, impersonal, disinterested, and indistinct. Neutral fabrics were developed specifically to not stand out.
- To balance too much neutrality to the point of making your room look too modern or boring, you can introduce more darkness or more light as well as more patterns (usually, neutral designs lack patterns) to liven things up. Neutral fabrics and upholstery brings back the blank canvas look of your room, but to make it look interesting and alive you need to dial back on neutrality and fill it up with something that contrasts this serene atmosphere. Its softness might need hardness or an edge in order to work.