Have you ever noticed how easily bold colour grab your attention when looking for inspiration for your home? While it may be eye-catching, for many of us, living with really bright and bold colour choices makes us feel on edge or agitated. So how do you create a home that’s equally as engaging but that also creates a tranquil and peaceful vibe in your home?

The fact is, it’s entirely possible to create a bold and interesting aesthetic as well as calm and restful one using a neutral colour palette. So, while you might think that neutrals might make for an uninteresting home, nothing can be further from the truth. The fact is, grey can be great, taupe can tantalise, and beige can be anything but boring.

Our blog post will share some of the best ways to create fantastic style when decorating with neutrals, whether you love modern country, minimalism, traditional, glamorous or anything in between.

Modern Country Neutral Living Room

modern neutral country living room

Source: Oak Furnitureland

If you love the look of country style with a contemporary twist, our next example ticks all the boxes. Choose pale painted furniture with a contrasting oak top and a cosy textural rug underfoot. Layer cushions and accessories with just a hint of pattern and finish off the look with personal mementoes to bring the room to life.


Minimalist Neutral Living Room

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Restraint is key in minimal design and so carefully choosing individual items with impact is key. Here, a black leather sofa creates a stark contrast to white walls but the traditional chesterfield tufting creates interest and pattern and natural wood floors bring warmth. Classic white Eames style chairs form an eclectic pairing while other items in the room like the classic lamp and low-lying coffee table give the space architectural interest.

Glamorous Neutral Living Room

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When creating a more glamorous space, neutrals create a grounding effect to play off bolder design choices. Choose a neutral gold metallic feature as our example above to create instant impact without overwhelming the senses and mix with velvet finishes, high pile rugs and just a hint of black for contrast.

New Traditional Neutral Living Room

new traditional neutral living room

Source: Oak Furnitureland

So ‘new’ and ‘traditional’ may seem to be at odds with one another but it’s true you can have both in a neutral living room scheme. Choose a sofa and a cosy footstool with in contemporary hues but with traditional detailing like oak bun feet and tufting details. Combine these with traditional details and rustic finishes for your other pieces. The mix is both eclectic as well as calming, with one foot in the past and the other in the here-and-now.


Rustic Neutral Living Room

rustic neutral living room look

Source: Oak Furnitureland

Bring the warmth and cosy feel of cabin life into your home with a rustic look using neutrals. In our example above, plenty of texture and natural elements give the space a rustic feel so look out for wood which shows the natural grain and neutral fabrics with visible texture. Add layers with plants, glass and ceramic accessories and cushions in traditional patterns for the finishing touch.


Bohemian Neutral Living Room

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While Bohemian design may often be colourful, it certainly doesn’t have to be. Layering your textures is key here to create a cosy and inviting look. In our final example, we see layers of neutral accessories that have interesting design details – a cushion embellished with pom-poms, a throw with a fringed edge and a subtle patterned rug in greys and browns. Look out for items that use embellishment in neutral colours to create the boho vibe and add in plenty of houseplants for the final boho finish.

As you can see, neutrals can be just as interesting and exciting as something more colourful. Would you choose neutrals for your living room and if so, which style do you love best?