Given it’s flexibility, neutral decor is a common design choice. From soft grays to smoky lavender, neutrals are popular choices in furniture, art, paint, accessories, and more. But how can those peaceful havens of muted tones be kept from falling flat? Here are a few ways our designers have used to give a neutral decor some dazzle.
Layers, Layers, Layers
Neutrals are a great way to layer lavishly without overdoing the design. A large, natural woven rug can ground the decor, while an over-sized sky blue sectional draws in the eyes.
Add a Pop of Color
There’s no denying the mood-enhancing effect that takes place by incorporating some uplifting colors into a neutral-infused design. (Not to mention the impact of using color to improve home sales.) For example, bright, pink pillows bring out the crisp, clean atmosphere of a white, linen bedroom. Adding a pop of color can add pizzazz and dimension to a neutral setting without overdoing it.
Edgy and Eclectic
Considering adding a little edge to neutral interiors with a few industrial accents. A nondescript beige wall can be heightened with an accent of exposed brick or re-purposed light fixtures.
Bold, Not Boring
If a neutral room is missing that certain “something,” think outside-the-box with a fun, bold accent. For example, zebra print accent pillows or a floral side chair. These finishes add character to a design while still embracing the calming essence of softer tones.
Contrast is King
If a neutral scheme is straying towards sterile, adding contrasting materials can be an easy and effective way to add personality. For example, try natural woods to create an English country cottage atmosphere. Or, a mosaic tiling to infuse a Mediterranean feel to a neutral-heavy design.
Let it Shine
A neutral palette creates the freedom to glitz up the design. For a timeless glamour, a crystal droplet chandelier makes a strong statement and reflects loads of natural light.
Tons of Texture
Never underestimate texture’s ability to transform a neutral design. Architectural elements, furniture, decor, flooring, wall coverings, and textiles are all ideal places to play with unique and complimenting textures.
Don’t dismiss hot neutrals as too cold. Effective design tips and tricks allow a neutral scheme to shine in order to create a tranquil haven for homeowners. And, by incorporating some of these techniques, you’ll be able to give your neutral decor some dazzle.