Navigating Neutrals

Neutral paints may seem like an easy choice in home design but beware: using colors that work with any style can become bland!  But, by following a few design rules, you can avoid the blahs of neutral. With the right choices in décor items and color matching, a neutral palette can be just as stunning and inspiring as an array of bold hues.

Neutral paints may seem like an easy choice in home design but beware the boring! By following a few design rules, you can avoid the blahs of neutral and make your neutrals POP!

4 Easy Tips for Decorating in Neutrals

  1. Mix and match – Merge multiple neutral palettes to create a quiet charm. Timeless and minimal, subtle varieties in neutral colors can create a unified, calm space without feeling flat. I really appreciate the addition of several neutrals, both light white and dark blacks, brown leather, natural woods and grey.

Neutral Bedroom: Decorating with Neutrals, Mix and Match Palettes

Image: Christine Dovey, photographed by Ashley Capp

Neutral Dining Room: Decorating with Neutrals

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Decorating with Neutrals: beautiful neutral living room

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  1. Focus on textures – Highlight the beauty of a neutral palette with rich textures like leather accents, natural fibers, plush rugs or woven pillows. Maintain similarly neutral tones in the furnishings and allow the different textures to add character and depth to the room.

Decorating in Neutrals: Texture in neutral living room

Living room with great texture by Style-Files

Tips for Decorating with Neutrals: neutral bedroom with texture

Great textured bedroom by Ikea

  1. Incorporating metallics – For a sleek look in a neutral color scheme, try adding metallics that will stand out. Use pops of metallic in picture frames, mirrors, vases and fixtures to revamp a drab room. Other unique ideas include subtle metallic window treatments and bed linens.

Neutral Decorating Tips: neutrals with metallics

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Tips for Decorating in Neutrals: neutrals with metallics

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Decorating with Neutrals: neutral sitting area with metallic accents

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  1. Pair neutral with an accent – Accent walls, like a bold red or deep purple, pair perfectly with neutrals. Accent colors can be isolated to accessories, artwork and textiles that are easy to change through the seasons with a neutral backdrop.

How to Decorate with Neutrals: neutral bedroom with accent color

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Neutral Decor Tips: neutral dining room with accent color

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What do you think about neutrals?  Are they too boring, would you like them with a pop of color?  Tell us what you think!

Article submitted by Sara McLean, color expert at Dunn-Edwards Paints.


Beautiful neutral paint colors to try:

Beach Glass from Benjamin Moore is one of the most versatile transitional paint colors. Color Spotlight on Remodelaholic Healing Aloe from Benjamin Moore. A very light gray green blue transitional color. Color Spotlight on Remodelaholic Intense White by Benjamin Moore. Color Spotlight on Remodelaholic

2015 favorite paint color trends. The new neutrals. The Creativity Exchange for Remodelaholic

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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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