Are you inspired by all of the amazing neutral rooms you see on Pinterest? If you want to try a room in all neutrals, follow these six tips to get that jaw dropping look.
Neutral rooms are harder to do well than rooms with lots of color. There have to be different elements to catch the eye in the absence of color. It may look effortless in magazines, but once you start looking closely at the rooms you like, you can see each of these tips is incorporated into every neutral space.
If you don’t follow some of these tips you may find your room isn’t looking as rich and inviting as the photos you see.
1. Use Wood Elements
Wood gives a lot of depth and texture to a neutral room. It’s a good idea to incorporate as many wood elements as possible. This can be furnishings, wood beams, a wood tray, a lamp base or even a piece of driftwood.
Wood can also be incorporated as part of the room’s architecture, like a wood mantle or wood floors. Don’t worry if they are not all the same wood tone, a mix can help add even more warmth the a room.
2. Use Many Different Textures
You can add texture in a room with drapery, rugs, pillows, throw blankets and baskets (just to name a few). A room with a limited neutral color palette needs warmth from lots of texture, even if the textures are also neutral.
These are limitless ways to add texture to a neutral room, but here’s a short list of ideas: sea grass baskets or rugs, wicker baskets, bamboo blinds, all fabrics especially those that have dimension to them, natural fiber rugs, knitted pouf balls and tapestry wall hangings.
3. Use Neutral Patterns
When you think pattern, most people think color but there many neutral patterns. A few of the easiest places to add neutral patterns are through rugs, pillows and drapes. You can also add neutral pattern with window shades and upholstered furniture. Think tone-on-tone or it can be two shades of one neutral color.
- Embroidered palm pillow from Target
- Cutwork diamond curtain from Pottery Barn Teen (this site often has great deals on drapery)
- Chevron wool rug from Pottery Barn Teen
4. Use Different Shades of the Main Neutral
Most neutral rooms have one main color tone, it will either be a warm neutral like cream or beige or a cool neutral like gray. Warm neutral colors have yellow or pink undertones. Cool neutrals have blue or green undertones. Whichever one you choose, incorporate many different shades of your base color.
If your room is in the beige/cream family, use lots of different tones of cream and beige. You can even use different shades of white, since there are so many. If your room is grey, use many different greys. You can achieve this through paint, upholstery/fabric, lighting and accessories.
5. Add Something Black
I like to add black to every room in small touches, even if it’s not a neutral room. If you start looking at images you like, I bet you will see small touches of black in each one. It can be a lamp, a trey, a bookend, hardware or something architectural.
6. Add Plants
Plants are similar to wood. They add life to any room. If the room doesn’t have enough light for a plant, try one of these low light plants. There are also some excellent faux plants, but they can be pricey.
Examples of Neutral rooms
Here are a few examples of staged neutral rooms. That means they are catalog ready. See how they use each of these elements to make the rooms look more warm and inviting.
Here’s an amazing neutral room from Pottery Barn. It’s awesome because it looks so effortless and comfortable, but when you pick apart the room you can see each of these elements are there.
This is a neutral bedroom from Ikea. There is no pattern, in it but it has all of the others essentials for a neutral rug.
Neutral doesn’t have to mean monotone. Neutral rooms need many layers, more so than rooms with lots of color. You can get that layered, cozy look if you incorporate these six elements into your neutral room. What are your favorite ideas for decorating a neutral room?