It takes some guts to choose a neutral palette when renovating a room. Too many items from the same color family can seem repetitive and overwhelming. Meanwhile, play it too safe and the space ends up dull and empty. Here are some do’s and don’ts to remember when decorating with neutrals.
Do Opt for Texture
It can be quite challenging to make a space stand out when strong colors are out of the equation. When working with neutrals, using different textures is key to adding interesting layers. Elevate your space with warm metallics and then soften with velvet, linen, or sheepskin.
An easy way to accentuate the neutral palette is bringing in wood furniture and décor. These elegant wood dining chairs are a surefire hit in a space that lacks color.
Don’t Overcrowd a Room
When it comes to decorating with neutrals, there’s a tendency to overdo it. Do not fall into that trap. A monochromatic scheme is a perfect opportunity to create a feeling of calmness and tranquility, but in order to do so, keep it minimalistic.
Remove clutter and avoid fastidious furnishing and fabric. Invest in simple and organic shapes that are timeless. Low-level furniture surrounded by just a few of your treasured mementos to showcase personality is one of the cornerstones of nailing the neutral color scheme.
This white tufted seat adds a subtle texture but remains easy on the eyes.
Do Use the Right Shades
It’s easy to assume that decorating with neutrals is a no-brainer, as they match with pretty much any color. But not all neutrals are created equal. To get it right, it’s important to choose a base color that complements the light in your room. For instance, north-facing rooms can be lit up with warm neutrals, while rooms that receive a lot of natural light can be subdued with cool undertones.
Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment
Neutral doesn’t have to be boring. Even rooms that follow a monotonous color scheme can be exciting. Add some cushions, lampshades, and plants for a few pops of color. Don’t shy away from hanging bold images to give life to a blank wall. Check out Ava’s Attic for more interesting artwork like this frog painting.
Do Let the Furniture Speak for Itself
While it’s a good idea to add a few elements that would liven up the space, avoid making a big splash. Over-the-top furniture or décor can make it seem like you are trying too hard. Rather, invest in quality, structural materials that imbue elegance and texture.
Who doesn’t need this neutral tufted headboard in their bedroom? Nothing else speaks of low-key sophistication than this, and it’s the first thing your eyes would want to rest upon!
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