Design showcase: Top five neutral palettes

by | 03 Nov 2021 | Design, Design Showcase

For our latest TOPHOTELDESIGN exclusive, we unearth five hotels that prove muted colours can be every bit as effective as brighter hues in the right designers’ hands.

Neutral tones, if strictly defined, are those that aren’t in the colour wheel (primary and secondary colours). This includes beige, brown, grey, white, taupe and so on.

Celebrating muted colour schemes

However, if we’re talking about a neutral palette, these tones often include underlying muted colours, and it’s still considered a neutral palette because there’s no saturation.

Although these combinations are often used in interior design because it’s fairly easy to create a calm atmosphere when the colours aren’t screaming, it’s not easy to add depth and interest to the room.

Of course, the room will seem calm if everything is beige and white, but great interior designers elevate those tones and transform them into something new and exciting.

Today, we’ve selected five projects that include these colours in their design with subtle genius. Notice how mindfully everything is selected and placed.

There are interesting textures, contrasting shapes, muted colour-blocking, unusual materials, tasteful art pieces and bold overall compositions.

Kalesma Mykonos

by Studio Bonarchi and K-Studio

Santa Monica Proper Hotel

by Kelly Wearstler

The Londoner

by Yabu Pushelberg

Imagery: © Henry Bourne

Swissôtel Kursaal Bern

by Nina Mair Architecture + Design
supplied by Laufen Bathrooms

Imagery: © David Schreyer

The Audo

by Norm Architects

Click here to find more inspiring hotel designs with neutral palettes on TOPHOTELDESIGN.

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