Neutral Living Room Design

Many homeowners are looking to create a neutral living room because it is sophisticated and timeless. Neutral living rooms are the perfect design schemes for creating a classic interior that all the family will love for years to come. In this Shop the Look feature I’m going to share my top tips and ideas on how you can create a neutral living room design that doesn’t compromise on beauty!

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How to Recognize a Neutral Living Room

A neutral living room is typically decorated with neutral shades which include white, creams, beiges, and grays. Therefore bright and bold colors are avoided, although they can be used within the accessories of the room in order to add more character and visual interest. There is a lot of debate around whether grays or beiges should be the way forward, and that is mostly a personal preference! You can create a neutral living room with either color direction, as seen in the examples of this blog post.

Fun Facts:

A neutral living room has become increasingly popular over the last few years because homeowners are becoming far more cost-conscious. For this reason, many people are reluctant to decorate their living rooms with bright or bold colors that may go out of style quickly and require a redesign in only a couple of years. This has seen a big surge in homeowners wanting to create a classic, timeless, and therefore neutral living room.

The term “neutral” is sometimes associated with spaces feeling boring or bland, however, that is not the case when done right! To make a neutral space more interesting, it is important to use a wide range of textures and introduce pattern and color through the accessories. The large pieces of furniture are normally upholstered in a neutral fabric so that it will work with a multitude of colors when it comes to accessorizing it with throw blankets and pillows. Use colors like white, cream, gray, beige, or even dark gray or black for sofas. Introduce rich and deep colors through the accessories.

While it may feel daunting to go down the neutral design route for your living room, you need to get creative with other aspects aside from the colors used (or not used in this instance!) Introduce a paneled wall or built-in cabinets as the media console to add visual interest.

Style Clues

This style often includes:

  • Neutral colors and textures (avoiding bright and bold colors)
  • Wood finishes   
  • A mixture of different textures (linen, cotton, wool, leather)
  • Color injected through decorative accessories (throw blankets and pillows)

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Scandinavian Design

Natural Cane Chair

Finish your neutral living room off with a natural cane accent chair! The back and sides add visual interest and warmth to the space.

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2-Piece Sectional Sofa

A sectional sofa is a must-have! Plus we love the modern silhouette of this one.

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Wood and Iron Media Console

This media console is the best of both worlds – extra storage and stylish design! Perfect for neutral living rooms.

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Square Geometric Pouf

This square pouf adds pattern and texture to any living room!

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Round Decorative Wall Mirror

This round wall mirror will bounce light around the space and finish it off elegantly.

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Neutral Wool Rug

Add softness to your living room with this neutral and softly patterned area rug!

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Arched Floor Lamp

We love using floor lamps to create interest in a living room, plus they add extra lighting for the evenings!

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Table Lamp Set

Table lamps are a must have for any living room design! We love this set because of the neutral finish and texture.

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Light-Weight Concrete Accent Table

Add accent and end tables to your living room to finish of the design and provide additional surfaces for drinks or table lamps.

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