9 Ways to Introduce Colour Into a Neutral Space
Decorating with neutral colours is safe, timeless, and chic. But sometimes you may want to add just a little something to your mainly white, beige, and grey space. Scared of going too bold? Don’t be! Below we’ve listed nine ways to add colour to your space, from simply adding in a plant — for the total scaredy cats — to creating a balance with multiple saturated hues.
Courtesy of Amanda Nisbet
A grouping of like-coloured accessories can add an impactful and non-permanent pop of interest to your space. In this kitchen from designer Amanda Nisbet, a grouping of cobalt vases gives the neutral room some personality but, should the homeowner later decide green is more their thing, the pieces can be easily switched out.
A colourful floral arrangement or house plant will add not only an organic element to your space, but a vibrant hue as well. Also temporary and portable, test out different locations for your arrangement to find a spot where you feel most comfortable adding a dose of colour and life.
If you prefer to keep your furnishings and accessories monochromatic, introduce colour into your space through artwork and photography. Keeping the surroundings simple will allow your artistic pieces to take center stage and create a gallery-like environment of little outside distraction.
A single patterned or coloured piece can make a real statement in a neutral space as seen here in the Malibu home of designer Richard Shapiro. Opt for a single, attention-getting throw or blanket to inject personality without having to completely redecorate.
If you’re brave, but really do just prefer a neutral space, bring in colour and make a statement with a single saturated piece of furniture. The blue leather hanging chair in this room is certainly an attention getter, but it nicely coordinates with the room’s other neutral, textural elements.
If you’re ready to move on from a totally safe colour palette, start working in soft colours in small doses slowly. Peach, blush, mint, and pale yellow will add a different perspective to your space without seeming too out of place with your room’s existing calm neutrals. Incorporating faded rugs, textiles, and accessories is a good place to start.
In this space from designer Hillary Thomas, sage green is introduced into a neutral space in several different ways enabling this vignette to feel cohesive, yet understated. The lamp shades, arrangements of succulents, and the artwork’s mats all coordinate to introduce colour in a beautifully controlled dose.
Courtesy of Amanda Nisbet
If you want to incorporate colour into your space through accents and accessories but are afraid of getting carried away, limit yourself to two different hues to prevent your space from becoming disconnected and abrasive. Here, designer Amanda Nisbet has again layered colour into a neutral space, limiting her doses to navy blue and canary yellow to create a cohesive design with a neutral foundation.