HIGH POINT, N.C. (Oct. 15, 2010) Move over tan, step away navy, this year it’s in
with the new look of neutral. The trend forecast says the definition of neutral
is changing. Usually made up of browns, blacks and blues, the typical palette is
shifting in home décor, including
furniture. Gray has become a staple neutral in the last year, and close
behind is purple, which has traditionally been considered only for accents. Design
buffs say that purple is making its way into mainstream decorating.
This fall, at the High Point
Furniture Market in High Point, N.C., the La-Z-Boy
furniture showroom featured several purple “neutrals,” – all with a violet base,
but incorporating a mixture of other tones too. Colors like “Aubergine,” “Lilac”
and “Beet” demonstrate how the purple neutral is growing in popularity.
“In the past couple of years, gray has become a staple in the modern neutral palette,”
said Penny Eudy, product manager of upholstery for La-Z-Boy.
“Now we’re seeing the same trend emerge with purple as a neutral base. Consumers
are willing to break away from the standard earth tones and expand into hues that
are still just as warm, but add a deeper feeling to the décor.”
Neutral Furniture Options
neutral color is typically used as the “background” for a room. Most often
incorporated throughout the colors in paint, furniture and accessories, it is the
theme that runs throughout the décor. In most cases, the neutral is the base color
from which all other décor choices are made. Once the base is established, decorators
can choose to match or contrast with the base color, depending on their style preference.
“The new neutrals allow consumers to feel like they are taking a little bit of a
risk but still playing by the traditional rules of decorating,” said Eudy.
To see how gray and purple contribute to the new neutral color palette, go to www.lzb3D.com to view the colors
in a 3D room layout. Or, consumers can visit
www.la-z-boy.com and search for fabrics in the