One way to think of neutral color tones is that they fall between more distinct shades of the color spectrum, making them difficult to define. Another is that they tend to be more organic, mimicking some of the lighter and more subdued nuances of nature, such as stone, water and wood.
Because of their more subtle visual profile, neutral tones are considered soothing and restful. . They are also less likely to clash with more pronounced shades, making them great for combining spaces with bolder colors or splashy patterns, and well-suited for supporting visually striking art.
As calm, soothing and naturally influenced elements continue to emerge in design, neutral tones such as greens, whites, taupes and grays will become increasingly popular, including many shades affected by or infused with stronger, more eye-catching colors.