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The Neutral Zone


PSA: neutral color palettes do not equal boring design. Whether you aren’t a fan of color in general or you’re just simply worried you’ll get tired of colors you choose, there are plenty of ways to make your neutrals dazzle as much as color!

Touchable Texture || Add depth to your home by incorporating texture. Layer textiles from throws to pillows – even area rugs! Neutral spaces can look stark sometimes so it’s vital to include textural elements to warm it up a bit. Go beyond textiles and make practical furniture like a bookcase a decorative focal point! This will add dimension without compromising your color palette. Another great way to incorporate texture is to create an entire wall of it! Paneling has made a modern, chic comeback and it’s nothing like the kind you’d find in a 1970’s basement. The updated version features varied textural patterns in crisp white, gray, even black. Still not convinced? Shiplap and stonework are a few natural neutral alternatives that will create the same effect.

Playful Pattern || The best part of a neutral color theme is that you can really get creative and start mixing patterns! Fluidity in design is key when mixing patterns and textures. This can be achieved by establishing a solid foundation and threading each layer of your design together with a common element; in this case, a neutral color palette. For mixing & matching pattern best practices check out: Pattern Play!

The Ombré Effect || Just as you can layer your patterns and texture, you can also layer your neutral colors! Neutrals are neutral for a reason – they play well together! Create an ombré effect in your home by choosing a range of neutral tones to feature from drapes to furniture to flooring. Be mindful of undertones when choosing your palette. Some neutrals can be both cool and warm depending on what they’re styled up against, so to keep the look cohesive you want to stick with one or the other. Even if you aren’t painting, consider getting a few gradient paint chips to guide your choices!


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