Decorating Tips for the Color-Averse
We all know someone who dresses in all black every day. To some, this self-imposed uniform is not only chic but also practical and safe. Well, interiors work the same way. Adding color to a space can be daunting, especially if you’re a minimalist at heart or worried about creating a room you’ll enjoy for decades. If color doesn’t make your heart flutter, keep scrolling for our best tips for decorating without it.
If neutral is your goal, don’t hold back on creating layers with shades of gray. Remember: All neutrals go together, so you don’t have to worry about mixing and matching. Use natural wood tones to warm up an all-gray space.
For a more rustic look, keep the raw bones of the space in their natural state as much as possible: Reclaimed wood beams, paneling, and columns add texture that’s close to nature and works best in neutral tones. Decorate simply with fresh greenery.
Art is the easiest way to add color to a room while keeping the furnishings neutral. Look for light pastel colors that won’t stand out too much against your monochrome haven.
Be bold and embrace a stark black-and-white space. Bring in a variety of textures with chunky knits, hides, and smoked glass for an elegant polished effect.
If you want to introduce color but don’t know where to start, try introducing one color you enjoy via small accessories like pillows, vases, and votives. It’s a low-commitment trial that can easily be replaced.
Faux fur, distressed leather, overdyed rugs, brass, lucite: There are a billion textures to play with that don’t involve dealing with color. Use those textures to your advantage to create a rich, layered space.
Create a warm and cozy space without using color by including natural wood wall paneling. Faux furs and plush rugs can complete the space to make it extra inviting.
Sometimes the simple use of patterns and repetition is enough to create a statement in a completely monochrome space. Here an oversize hearth is extended to the ceiling in a white brick herringbone pattern. A dozen George Nelson pendant lights hang from the double-story ceiling to create an enveloping effect.
If color isn’t your thing, add interest by collecting organic vintage and worldly pieces that tell a story. Mixing many periods, cultures, and styles is best achieved with a restrained color palette.
Make a statement by introducing an oversize chandelier into your space. It will draw so much attention that introducing color would simply be overkill.
Channel your inner minimalist and create a space using only the bare essentials. Keep color to a minimum and introduce subtle natural textures, like vintage rugs and Belgian linens.
Carefully introduce color into your space by picking a muted shade of your favorite color and applying it only to the ceiling. It will create a beautiful statement without overwhelming the room.
Work with textured wallpapers and glossy metallics to add texture to your neutral space. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different metallics as well as multiple wallpapers. The glossier the better.
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