Make Neutral Color Palettes Pop

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Pick Your Palette:

First thing’s first, you have to pick your color pallette. Depending on the theme you’re going for in the room, you’ll want to pick something lighter or darker. For example, a light and airy dining room set up is perfect for welcoming guests, but a darker palette for a man cave or media room can be soothing and cozy.

This dining room definitely has a lighter-themed palette. While there are a couple of darker pieces mixed in for contrast, most of the furniture and decor are whites.

 

Contrast Neutral Colors With Fun Designs

Whoever said neutrals were boring obviously never saw these amazing chairs. A cutout pattern in the backs of these dining room chairs from the Coastal Living Retreat by Stanley dining room set really gives this room a classic, yet playful vibe.

You can also highlight large neutral pieces with unique accents, such as these lighting fixtures. With just a couple of personality items, a room can really come together.

 

Mix Up Your Neutrals

While a lot of this room is white, you’ll see other neutrals mixed in throughout. We’re not suggesting picking out a different neutral color for each piece of furniture, but you can definitely deviate from a strict color palette. It’ll give the room some depth and really give the space some focus points.

This dining room pulls in different shades of beige and muted brown to round out the overall aesthetic. Separately, you probably wouldn’t think these pieces would all fit together. Nothing technically matches, color-wise, and a lot of the design elements are different. It just goes to show that variety done correctly can still look classy and put together.

Stick with the same general family of neutrals, and you’ll have the freedom to find an array of items that still come together really nicely.

 

Add Subtle Touches Of Color

The absolute best part about choosing a neutral palette for your larger furniture pieces? Neutrals go with just about every other color out there. Small pops of color go a long way. This dining room has just three small decor pieces: the blue glass vases, the orange art display, and the green in the centerpiece. They don’t overpower the space as a whole, but they do give it a fun flair. You can see a little bit of the designer’s personality in the pieces, and they break up the monotonous tones of the whites and browns.

When you’re just adding a few small touches of color, matching them is up to you. This room pulls three entirely different bright colors that still work. You may prefer just picking one bright color to sprinkle throughout your decor. There isn’t a wrong or right way to do it- just decide what fits your style best.

 

Switch It Up To Match Your Mood

Seasons change, colors go in and out of style, kids break decor pieces… there are a million reasons to change out the “theme” of a room. Choosing neutral colors for your main furniture items gives you the freedom to rotate decor items whenever you need to!

During summer, these bright pops of color fit in great with the light style of the room, but come November and December, you may want to switch out for deep reds or burnt oranges to match the leaves outside. You may wake up one day and decide that you hate turquoise. The rose rug that you’ve been obsessing over may go on clearance, so you want to switch up your decor to match it. A neutral base palette makes it easy to coordinate new colors to existing furniture without breaking the bank for a new look.

 

Hunting for all the right pieces to make up a great space can be a pain. That’s why we offer a free in-home design service! We’ll talk you through options based on what you want, so you can create your perfect room without the stress of mixing and matching styles, colors and decor items on your own. Have a specific question about how to incorporate a new piece? We can help you with that, as well!