How To Add a Pop of Color to a Neutral Space


You can’t spell minimalism without “in.” Trends come and go, but there will always be a place in the world of interior design for neutral tones and sophisticated restraint. Pale white upholstery, smart black lampshades, and cool gray hardwood flooring—all with a healthy dose of natural light—comprise an aesthetic direction that will seldom steer you wrong.

Of course, every meal needs spice, and a neutral room can benefit from a little burst of color. You don’t want you and your guests to feel as if they’ve stepped into Pleasantville, after all. If you use vivid colors sparingly, then you can elevate the sophistication and style of a neutral design. Today, we’ll discover how to add a pop of color to a neutral space.

Pillow Talk

A long white couch can be one of the most striking pieces of furniture in a well-furnished living room or family room. As an anchor of the room, though, it can look a little bland when surrounded by nothing but white, ivory, eggshell, and pale gray. Consider vivid-hued pillows as accent pieces on your couch. These will break up the monotony and make the rest of your interior design far more effective. Saffron, jade, burgundy, and even slate blue can be effective accent colors here.

Flair on the Floor

Gray-stained hardwood flooring is very much en vogue. Think of it as an improvement upon those blonde Scandinavian hardwoods, which, pale as they are, still lean too far into warm earth tones for the purest minimalists among us. Gray flooring options have their merits in contemporary design, to be sure, but let’s admit that there can be too much of a good thing.

That’s where area rugs come in. Prevent a vast expanse of bland uniformity with a tasteful and well-placed rug in the jewel tone of your choice. A transitional rug that combines modern and traditional elements can be an even more effective deployment of color—a touch of old-fashioned design can keep a room from looking too sterile. 

Everything but the Textiles

Knick-knacks and bric-a-brac have no place in modern interior design. Those are a little too homespun for these elegant neutral tones. Instead, let’s think in terms of pottery, sculptures, and other objets d’art. One of the best ways to add a pop of color to a neutral space is to accessorize tables and walls with eye-catching and compelling art pieces. These can be lovely prints, stately vases, and more. With the right hue jumping out from your otherwise monochromatic palette, these artful allocations of color will bring a neutral room to life.

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