Foolproof Tips for a Magazine-Worthy Neutral Space

Three tips and boundless inspiration for successful neutrality.

Bold colors and statement hues may ignite a passion for some, but a well-designed neutral interior is an art form all its own. Creating a limited-palette place may seem easy, but getting results that aren't dull is harder than you'd think. Heed the following advice for a space that is successfully neutral, and not a bit boring. _1

 Although going neutral is all about restricting your color palette, there is no need to restrict your shading. Choosing a variety of neutral shades, from dark to light, is key in keeping the space interesting. An all beige room will put you to sleep, but add in some contrast with a dark brown chair or a charcoal gray focal wall and the room will come alive.

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Tasseled Cushion, $60, Zara Home Rondin Stool, $350, Calypso St. Barth Coast Swivel Chair, $995, Jayson Home
_2 There are only so many design elements to work with: color, pattern, texture, and scale. By limiting the use of color, other elements must have a larger presence. Texture is perhaps the most important. Incorporate a variety of textures to add depth and intrigue, from worn leather, to raw wood, to a nubby sisal rug. The rule when incorporating texture in a neutral space? More is more.
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Steve Leather Chair, $750, HD Buttercup Jute Border Rug, From $48, Serena & Lily Linen Duvet Set, $99, H&M Home
_3 An all white home with stainless steel and concrete finishes is technically neutral, but without any elements of warmth it will feel more like a hospital: sterile and cold. Warm up the space with natural hues by adding in wood furniture, flooring, or wall treatments; as well as other materials like wool, stone, and leather. Any earthy element will make the room feel comfortable.
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Do you keep your space neutral? Tell us how in the comments below... Photography: Shade Degges, Stephen Shubel, via Come to Coco, Douglas Friedman, Shade DeggesDouglas Friedman, via Traditional HomeStephen ShubelDouglas Friedman, Historic Studio, Rose Uniacke, The Times Magazine, Jonny ValiantRose Uniacke, M. Elle Design, via Sacramento Street, Urban Grace, Thomas O'BrienM. Elle DesignJonny Valiant, via Cute and Company, via Berezki Design, Jean Liu Design, via Design You Trust, via Scandinavian Designs
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