Published on February 10, 2016

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text by    ANNA KOCHARIAN
photography by   EVE WILSON / THE DESIGN FILES

When it comes to designing a space with a limited color palette, things can get tricky. We know. From finding a balance between decorative styles to honing in on the ideal palette, there are a number of things to consider when designing a neutral space. Enter one imperfectly perfect home, located in the Northcote suburb of Melbourne, with an effortlessly chic approach to a seemingly simple design scheme. Here’s what we learned.

rethink the definition of a neutral

A term once exclusive to an off-white palette has since expanded to encompass shades of pinks, grays, and browns.

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get creative with textures

Glossy, bristled, matte, or cozy. The possibilities are endless! Decorative accents of an unusual shape or feel can help add depth to a space of a monochromatic feel.

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utilize color for key details

Incorporate a complementary hue within the decor to offset the basic palette of the room. Note the subtle pops of dusty lilac scattered throughout this dreamy space. 

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an accent room is essential

The secret to a neutrally streamlined home that doesn’t seem too plain? Designating a space to serve as an accent room. Maintain an aesthetic similar to the rest of the home with the addition of a slightly bolder shade.

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