Let's imagine that I want to say the following, replacing the word drab:
This painting is beautifully drab.
I'm particularly thinking of when you describe a piece of art. Usually something lacking in color is drab, but occasionally the lack of strong colors is appropriate and positive, if that makes sense.
I have searched through the thesaurus for synonyms of "drab" and antonyms to synonyms of "colorful". As far as I can tell all of the results are generally negative in meaning.
Is there a word or am I searching for something that does not exist?