20 Ways to Decorate with Neutral Colors
Earth-Toned Living Room
Not only does this living room balance light and dark neutrals well, it brings in natural elements in a creative way. A large tortoise shell is mounted above a bamboo-framed mirror, and a large clamshell acts as a decorative piece on the side table.
Sandy hues—from browns to golden yellow—work whether your style is tropical or traditional. Painting walls and ceilings one light color will visually expand your space, but don’t neglect what’s underfoot. Stone tiles like these extend the organic look from floor to ceiling.
Airy Dining Room
The indoor-outdoor feel of wicker furniture and bamboo blinds gives this West Coast dining room a laid-back feel.
Dark wood, light walls, and natural elements, from the woven lighting to the handy baskets, make this coastal kitchen a breath of fresh air. Bringing in simple, earthy accents is an easy way to bring a natural palette into your home.
Taupes, tans, and white intermingle perfectly in this clean-lined California bathroom. Adding a bit of greenery in a low-key vase is a great way to up the natural appeal.
For a palette that never goes out of style, incorporate soft browns and beiges into your decor. The sandy scheme gives interiors a relaxed, informal feel. Offset coquina or lime¬stone floors with natural wood ceilings. The planks will absorb noise in the room.
Layer neutrals and rich browns in a living area. This subtle and stylish palette has an added bonus: It masks sand tracked across the floor. Throw in natural furnishings and accessories for a cohesive look that’s easy to maintain.
Look to Nature
Let the colors of a sun-bleached seashell inspire the palette for an entire room. Light walls create a backdrop for materials and fabrics in a variety of darker earth tones.
Use Textured Materials
Add depth to a monochromatic scheme with weathered patinas and nubby fabrics. Dainty details such as lace and fringe appear feminine without looking frilly when done in beige.
To create elegant beachside interiors, opt for woven and wood furniture with modern lines.
Use wood to soften the lines of a modern kitchen. Warm wood tones balance the industrial appearance of limestone counters and stainless appliances without detracting from their contemporary appeal.
Use linen and burlap―their versatility makes them suitable for everything from tablecloths and Roman shades to bedding and upholstery.
Add Visual Interest
Compensate for the lack of color in a natural palette with texture. Exterior shingles add an element of surprise when brought indoors, giving a room dimension and visual interest. Too much texture can overwhelm a small space, so this works best in a large, open area.
Let Nature Shine
Neutral schemes for porches and courtyards set off the landscape without distracting from it.
Lend a sense of history to newer homes with salvaged or reclaimed wood. It’s environmentally friendly and provides a welcome contrast to newer building components.
No-Fail Neutral #1
Sandpiper by Olympic
No-Fail Neutral #2
Bone White by Benjamin Moore
No-Fail Neutral #3
Familiar Beige by Sherwin-Williams
No-Fail Neutral #4
Sand Fossil by Pittsburgh Paints
No-Fail Neutral #5
Hutchinson by Ralph Lauren