12 Rooms That Prove Neutral Doesn’t Mean Boring
How to use black, white, and grays to create a warm space.
Published Oct 12, 2018 3:12 PM
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If you think neutrals are too boring, maybe it’s time to take a peek at these homes ahead. While a combination of whites, browns, and greys might seem too simplistic upon first glance, there’s a way for maximalists to get in on the trend, too. From adding a pop of color to thinking big with your accessories, take a peek at our favorite neutral spaces ahead, and get to thinking about how, in this case, you don’t necessarily have to go bold to make a statement.
Bohemian Vibes Rule
For a fun way to add some personality to your space, consider the boho look. In this charming upstate New York home, a few stylish, textured accessories, like the the decorative wall hanging and the desert-hued rug, add depth to the space.
This California cool home keeps its breezy vibes by making sure hygge objects are in full effect—the cozy throw draped over the chair, the extra cushions on the bookshelf, and the layered rugs all give an organic feel to the space, without the use of much color at all.
Consider Statement Lighting
This sophisticated black and white dining room lets the dramatic brass statement light take the spotlight. A strong fixture can satisfy a desire for a little pizazz, no color necessary.
Pastels are one of the hottest trends in decor right now—and adding a few touches will take your home from drab to fashionable in a snap. In this dreamy Santa Cruz home, pale blue shelving complements the rest of the living room’s softer white vibes, while giving it an elegant, upscale look.
Consider Your Walls
To create a truly neutral space, skip the step of adding color to your walls. Feature black and white photography in your gallery wall instead, to create a look that is totally colorless.
Embrace Mixed Materials
When designing a neutral space, pay special attention to materials. For instance, include a rich chocolate leather bed and a bright white faux fur rug. Allow for white balance on the walls and with the bedding.
The Devil Is in the Details
If you’re looking to turn down the tones in your bathroom, think about the shape of your tile. These scalloped fish scales are far more fun than basic square floor tile. So, with such a special shape, you don’t need a funky color.
Go Big or Go Home
If you’re truly ready to commit to this trend, go all the way. Bring in white upholstery and balance it against white walls. Gather printed pillows to provide a pop.
Consider Your Lifestyle
If you have little ones, crisp white upholstery is not going to be practical for your daily life. Select a dark gray sofa and caramel leather arm chair. Add a statement light fixture to take the look to new heights.
Create a Serene Sleep Space
Jarring colors can disrupt your sleep cycle. Make your bedroom a cozy and comfortable space by including various shades of gray. Allow for tiny hints of wood when needed.
Let There Be White
Start with white walls, and build your room from there. Add a pair of amazing designer chairs, and mix in leather and wood accents. There are ways to do neutrals without making your space feel uninviting.
Add Vintage Charm
Throw some aged character into your space. A great antique steamer trunk can kick up the interest in your living room. Weathered and worn leather pub chairs give this space a truly unique vibe.
This post was originally published on January 25, 2017. It has been updated with new information.
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