We've Got the Proof: Neutral is Anything But Boring

We've Got the Proof: Neutral is Anything But Boring

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Nancy Mitchell
Jul 11, 2016
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Bright color isn't the only way to make a room interesting. There are plenty of other tools at your disposal — texture, contrast, pattern — that can make even a neutral toned space pretty fascinating. If you're not able to paint your space, or you just tend to be drawn to greys and earth tones, you'll find plenty to inspire you in these 14 living rooms.

Above: Black accents, a bit of texture, and a rich palette of brown, camel and grey keep this living room from My Paradissi interesting.

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A wall of books can make any room seem special. Image from Desire to Inspire.

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A serene living room from Cereal, where the neutral tones of the furnishings keep the focus on the space's amazing architecture.

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An interplay of textures and shapes makes this living room from My Domaine anything but boring. We especially like the furry stools parked under the lucite coffee table, which besides being a great detail are also a great way to provide a little extra seating in a small space.

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A living room from 79 Ideas plays up the contrast between black and white to create a dynamic space.

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Interesting shapes enliven a neutral-toned space from Mademoiselle Poirot.

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Black and white and camel and even a little gold make for a rich palette in this space from The Style Files.

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A black wall provides the perfect backdrop for this netural-toned space from Elle Denmark.

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It's the textured pieces — the brick wall, the textile wall hanging, the fluffy Beni Ourain rug — that make this space from The Style Files work.

A wall of books, and a little bit of black, enlivens a space from Annabell Kutucu on Behance.

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We love the contrast between the black accent wall and the bright whites of the rest of the room in this space from My Domaine.

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Textured pieces (like a rug and pillows and everyone's favorite, books) add a little excitment to an mostly-white space from SF Girl by Bay.

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A neutral palette gives this living room from Life Unstyled a calm feel, despite the proliferation of textures and shapes.

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In Mike and Kate's Chicago home, a simple color palette allows the bones of the space — and the homeowners' excellent taste in furnishings — to take center stage.

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