10 Top Tips for a Neutral Living Room

There’s nothing in your face about a neutral living room, but that’s rather the point. Subtle schemes don’t vie for attention, but rather offer an understated, elegant space that allows the senses to relax. While usefully impervious to the fickle nature of fads, there are still many ways to interpret the look to best suit the style of your room and, of course, personal taste.


Use the room’s features


If you’re lucky enough to have striking period features in your living room, it makes sense not to detract from them with an overly detailed decorative scheme. This is where a classic neutral scheme can pay dividends – in this space, beige sofas with period-style turned wood legs perfectly complement the proportions of the room.


Centre with black


Banish any 80s corporate connotations with a gentler take on black furniture. Ina rustic living room, an oversized low-slung velvet footstool can work as a focal point between the two cream sofas, but the soft fabric and curved lines mean it doesn’t look out of place in the predominantly neutral room. Using black picture frames can help tie it in, too.


Mix in some dark wood


Pale woods such as birch, stripped pine and light oak are long-time fixtures on the neutral scene, but dark woods can look just as at home. Choose pieces with slim, elegant lines, to provide a sophisticated contrasting touch to the neutral palette.


Choose a centrepiece light


When there is a lack of colour in the decoration, a striking ceiling light works well as a focal point to draw the eye into the middle of the room. Leaving the rest of the décor very plain, with no fussy cushions or curtains, lends a very contemporary feel.


Try stripes


If ultra plain is too severe for your tastes, introduce few classic stripes into the mix. Stick to a muted colour scheme, using something like taupes and pale greys, but employ stripes (or checks) to create subtle interest. A bit of pattern on a sofa is also more forgiving on the upkeep front than a single pale colour.


Hang pictures creatively


In a compact or narrow room, opting for neutral furniture is a smart choice as it keeps things feeling open and it also allows for creative decorative ideas to stand out. For example, a gallery of pictures on a narrow wall between the two windows grabs your attention.


Green up with plants


One of the easiest ways to bring a plain room to life (quite literally) is to add some plants. Whether you go for a large, tropical-style centrepiece or a more subtle collection of succulents, plants provide an instant pick-me-up in any room. Ideal growing conditions vary – some need lots of water, some very little, so check when you buy to get the most out of your new green roommates.


Introduce subtle pattern


By keeping the main elements plain, there is scope to add muted pattern with other textiles. A two-tone rug, a small pouf and gently patterned cushions all add colour but stick to the soothing pale theme.


Paint the furniture


If your current freestanding furniture doesn’t fit with your plain plans, or you have built-in furniture, consider painting them the same colour used on the walls. This creates an unbroken flow, which will reinforce the room’s relaxed feel.


Act natural


Textured natural materials such as jute and rattan also work really well in a neutral scheme. They add interest, are hardwearing and can give a pleasing Scandi look, too.



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