A neutral palette could be bland, but you can change the mood by adding texture, accent hues and pattern to the mix. This living room starts with a single palette of neutrals: off-white walls, a camel-color sofa, a natural jute rug and a turned-wood lamp base.
Similar shades amp up the energy, and it’s texture, not color, that enhances the room’s personality, so let the layering begin: A woven lampshade, the sofa’s macramé pillow and nubby crocheted throw.
Subtly patterned pillows insert just a whisper of color on the wicker side chair. An infusion of green, nature’s own neutral hue, comes from the potted palm.
The smooth glass-top coffee table supports a woven tray holding books, a vase of fresh flowers and a small storage box with its own unique patina and burlap insert.
A wall sculpture hangs over the sofa and contributes to the mix with its metallic finish and spiky texture.
More intriguing now, the room still remains tranquil and welcoming: perfect for quiet conversations or sipping a glass of wine. Texture, shape and interesting details are key to making a neutral palette pop. Here are a few affordable items we featured in our living room.
Products of Interest:
A sturdy blend of handwoven craftsmanship and rustproof construction, this gently curved chair is made for lounging. Santa Barbara Armchair; $170, pier1.com
Modeled after intricate jali latticework found throughout India, this pillow is woven with thread made from recycled plastic bottles. Natural Macramé Indoor Outdoor Throw Pillow; $34.99, worldmarket.com
The jacquard weave gives this cushion cover a pattern with a subtle, slightly raised relief. OTTIL cushion cover; $9.99, ikea.com
This modernist structure—a blend of sleek shine and iconic style—takes the spotlight wherever it resides. Project 62 Mid-Century Metal Wall Decor; $55, target.com
Straight, simple lines give these nesting tables a graphic expression and the glass creates a light, airy feeling. A great look no matter what style you have in your room. Vittsjo nesting tables, set of 2; $69.99, ikea.com
Bring an antique look to any living space. This rustic lamp base creates a warm homey vibe while the column shaping keeps it easy to match to traditional styles. Turned Column Wood Large Lamp Base Brown – Threshold™; $37.99, target.com
Top off the turned column table lamp base with this neutral shade handwoven of water hyacinth by Vietnamese artisans. Woven Water Hyacinth Drum Table Lamp Shade; $26.99, worldmarket.com
The warm, earth tones and wonderful texture of jute puts this rug right at home in both casual and formal settings. Natural Basket Weave Jute Rug; 6×9 feet, $169.99, worldmarket.com
And there you have it. A serene, fully coordinated and not at all blah neutral living room. Natural textures are so relaxing.
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