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4 Smart Tips On Using Mid-Neutrals at Home

Maximize the use mocha, taupe and khaki with these helpful ideas

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela (Main Photo)

Middle-intensity neutrals are more subdued browns that can go well with practically everything. If you want a dependable and subtle color scheme for your home, hues like tan, taupe, mocha, or khaki can create a subtle yet stylish finish.

Before you decide on what color palette suits your home and your personality, you may want to consider working with mid-neutrals. Achieve a sleek look with these helpful ideas:

Use midtones in the bedroom

Since they are soothing to the eye, mid-neutrals are known to work well in bedrooms. Use two contrasting shades of light neutrals such as white or cream with mid-neutrals such as taupe or mocha to complete the look.

For example: Opt for clean and crisp linens in a light shade then go for deep brown curtains to create a balanced look.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

Play with textures

Since mid-neutrals are already subtle, they will look more appealing when paired with interesting textures. Use different wood accents like bamboo or hand finished walls to create an instant accent.

Click here to learn more about wood finishes.

Photo by Jun Pinzon.

Have an interesting furniture arrangement

Tan, coffee, and other light browns are generally seen as safe colors. Add more excitement to a neutral-colored space by experimenting with the layout of your furniture. If the space allows, consider positioning your dining table or coffee table diagonally for an interesting touch. 

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

Pair them with vibrant pieces

Unassuming mid-neutrals can be contrasted with playful materials without appearing too over-the-top. If you have a minimalist kitchen in neutral shades, you may opt for backsplashes in vibrant hues like yellow to create a dramatic touch.

Photo by Miguel  Nacianceno.

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