Are neutral colors a more expensive and elegant look?

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Just when I felt my living and dining rooms were basically finished. I'm seeing a lot of neutral rooms in decor magazines. Looking for opinions: Are neutrals the new upscale look? Are vibrant colors passe?
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  • Pat McHAN Pat McHAN on Jun 16, 2015
    Neutral colors are bland and calming but a prefer a little more drama. I love "jewel" and earth stone tones. I have neutral walls but that is all. Brown slate floors (good for kids and pets), cobalt and malachite for fabrics, marble buffet and end tables.
  • Lee Lee on Jun 16, 2015
    Go with what you really love, todays colors and style will be passe tomorrow. Choose your color style by what makes your soul happy.
  • Patti kelley Patti kelley on Jun 16, 2015
    Thanks Pat and Lee for responding Like to know how others feel. definitely gave me some food for thought
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jun 16, 2015
    I agree with Pat and lee...Pick colours that make you happy. You can stick to neutrals on your furniture, and bring vibrant colours in with paint and accessories...They are easy to change later if you decide to switch things up or sell. To answer your question, no IMHO neutrals do not always equate with a more expensive or elegant look. It depends on the look/style you are trying to achieve. I have been to beautifully elegant and colourful homes (within reason), and cheapy-looking neutral homes. Elegance and a high-end look can be achieved with colour and/or neutral tones. The elegant homes with colour always used a starting off point to tie-in all the colours: pattern through a hand-woven rug, curtains, bedding, a stained-glass window, a backsplash or wallpaper, or a fantastic large piece of art.
  • Becky Becky on Jun 16, 2015
    Yup, Yup and Yup!!!! After living in military housing for 18 yrs, I have some rooms that are 3 different colors and NONE of them are beige, cream or grey. You do what makes you smile...inside and out! :)
  • Cynthia Cynthia on Jun 16, 2015
    Yes they are. I miss my raspberry dining room a lot! After a flood in our home one year ago, a complete tear-out : ( and thoughts of selling our home in a year or so, it was suggested...neutral, neutral, neutral. We don't have any strong colors, and I love color but it is soothing and I can change anything I want~ My furniture is bright and pillow/painting/etc can be whatever the new owners like.... OR bright paints : )
  • Mandy Brown Mandy Brown on Jun 17, 2015
    Neutral colors are more than beige, cream and grey. Neutrals can run in a variety of colors, but run in the same color hue. I have a very neutral color scheme, but have lots of greens and blues.
  • Cornelia Schott Cornelia Schott on Jun 17, 2015
    My walls are variety of neutrals. I use color in furniture, artwork and accessories. I think it is a matter of taste. Go with what you like.
  • Lisa Lisa on Jun 17, 2015
    It's your living space and should be what YOU like! Who cares about everybody else, they aren't living in your home. You should feel happy and relaxed and surround yourself with the things that you love; and should not be a reflection of somebody else's ideas or what some hoidy toidy designer tells you.
  • Joe Noce Joe Noce on Jun 18, 2015
    I love color! Im tryin to keep myself from using too many bold ones on my walls in the livingroom. I do like Gray as a neutral color though.
  • Patti kelley Patti kelley on Jun 18, 2015
    Thanks ladies for your advice. I really try to keep my home up todate. and I have seen a lot of neutral colors in decore mags lately, which has caused me to rethink my diining space, in particular. the colors palette in my living and dining spaces are cream, brown and a medium teal blue The furniture(end tales coffee table and china hutch are in a dark oak brown My sofa and loveseat in the living room is in a cream color My dining room walls are a medium teal with cream wainscotting down below the chair rail. Just trying to decide if I should go with a lighter teal or paint the entire wall cream. My dining space is also rather small. But then I have read that a small room does'nt always have to be light colored walls that the lighting is what makes a room look small. Decisions decisions thanks again for everyones help