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.


Neutral living room table lamp and sofa pillow

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.


Neutral living room side chair

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.


Neutral living room tabletop

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.


Neutral living room metal wall art

A wall sculpture hangs over the sofa and contributes to the mix with its metallic finish and spiky texture.


Neutral living room overall

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:

Pier1_Santa Barbara CollectionWhite Armchair

A sturdy blend of handwoven craftsmanship and rustproof construction, this gently curved chair is made for lounging. Santa Barbara Armchair; $170, pier1.com


WorldMarket_Natural Macrame Indoor Outdoor Throw Pillow

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


Target_Mid-Century Metal Wall Décor Gold

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


Target_Turned Column Wood Large Lamp Base Brown - Threshold

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


WorldMarket_Woven Water Hyacinth Drum Table Lamp Shade

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


WorldMarket_Natural Basket Weave Jute Rug

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.


© Caruth Studio

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.