Earth toned colors are becoming something of a trend in interior design color schemes, and we’re all for it. These saturated paint colors and decor hues feature rich, earthy tones that you’d find in the natural world. These show-stopping shades create a relaxed palette that’s serving up major style.
We love using them as unexpected neutral colors that offer a rich backdrop to any room or as colorful but grounded pops of color in an otherwise neutral space. And they work great with natural materials like wood, metal, stone, linen, and woven materials. That makes this a color family that works with almost every interior design style in some way or another.
Intrigued? Keep reading for the full scoop on the earth tones trend, from some earth tone design ideas to learn why we’re calling these hues the new neutrals!
What are Earth Tones?
Earth tones, in their most basic sense, are colors that are found in nature. Think: rust, marigold, deep navy, burnt sienna brown, terracotta, sage, turmeric, and the Pantone 2020 color of the year, classic blue. There’s actually quite a wide variety of hues within the earth tone family, but what ties them all together is their natural, earthy quality.
These colors are warm and inviting, and they often have brown-ish undertones to them. (This is not where you’ll find bright colors or neons.) But that doesn’t mean they’re not vibrant! Shades like turmeric and classic blue are quite saturated. But even these vibrant colors have an almost muted quality that gives them a soothing and relaxing vibe.
Here are 4 reasons to consider earth tones for your home decor!
1. They’re Neutrals, With a Twist
When you think of neutral paint colors, furniture, and decor, your mind probably wanders to shades of white, beige, or grey. Some color-lovers even avoid neutral colors, thinking them boring or devoid of personality. But this is far from the case when you use earth tones as a bold neutral! Because these colors are derived from nature, they have a neutral base to them that you won’t find in neons or brighter hues. So, you get the building blocks of a neutral while still achieving a pop of color.
Their saturation causes them to pack an extra punch that gives your space more personality. Unlike standard neutral colors, earth tone color schemes can make your space feel moodier in the best possible way. They make an elegant statement on their own, but also create a gorgeous symphony of color when paired together! That’s why we’re loving earth tones when thinking through neutral color scheme ideas.Shop This Room
2. They Go With Everything
This leads us to our next point: Earth tones go with just about everything. That’s why they’re becoming one of the more popular living room color schemes this year! You can pair them with patterns and use them to compliment numerous furniture styles and materials. You can even mix and match them with other colors and still get a cohesive look! Use earth tones as a backdrop or accent in a modern space, one with a desert minimal vibe, or even a space that’s more traditional or rustic!Shop This Room
3. They’re Serving Year-Round Style
While earth tones are ideal for autumn—a season where these shades are found in nature more than any other season—they’re actually part of a chic palette that can be used year-round! Because they’re so versatile, you can easily make a few quick design swaps each season to help your look learn more toward fall/winter or give it more of a spring/summer vibe.
But how do you do this? Well, it can be in big ways or small ones—whether in playful pops of color or rich and dramatic tonal statements. These colors don’t just belong on walls. They can also be incorporated in accessories such as pillows, rugs, and wall art! You can even go big with a foundational piece like a sofa or accent chair in these earthy hues.Shop This Room
4. They’re Calm and Comforting
These hues are moody and bold—but they also have a calm, relaxing vibe due to their neutral undertones. Color psychology tells us that familiar colors make us feel more safe and secure.
And because earth tones are colors we experience in nature on a regular basis, they’re basically the comfort food of the color wheel. So, it’s no wonder that in our current cultural climate we’re seeking something soothing and familiar at home!
We love that these tones let us indulge in our love of color while creating a space that feels neutral and calming. And honestly, who doesn’t need a little more serenity and calm in their lives?Shop This Room