Playful Ways To Brighten Neutral Color Themes

Neutral color palettes are among the most flexible out there. They’re easy to adapt to changing trends, they allow for colorful experimentation options, and they work well to emphasize the artwork or accents you want visitors to notice and enjoy. But perhaps the best part is the atmosphere they create – neutral interiors can be light and welcoming or dark and dramatic, luxurious or softly chic. The three homes highlighted in this post explore several different ways to play with decorative accents and each one offers inspiration to borrow for your own neutral-themed interior.


Color and texture work together to instill a strong personality within this neutral apartment theme. Blueish-gray tones and bold artwork stand out from the background of subdued grays used throughout, and the strong textile patterns (chevron and houndstooth) create an atmosphere of inviting warmth.


A divider made of vertical slats divides the living room from the entryway while preserving the passage of light. It also works to reinforce the strong emphasis on vertical lines.


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