How to add interest to a Neutral Scheme


A neutral scheme or colour palette can end up looking cold, bland and boring. It’s a common problem, you decorate a room thinking it will look cool, calm and sophisticated but you don’t like the end result and can’t quite pinpoint why. This is easily rectified by following a few simple rules. Here are my top 5 tips for how to add interest to a neutral scheme.

1. Add Texture


Both the walls and the ceiling have great texture in this room, plus the velvet furniture, mohair throw and patterned lamp shade add even more depth. Different textures draw the eye away from viewing the room as a whole and highlight individual areas and pieces of furniture.

2. Use wallpaper

Wallpaper can add subtle interest to a neutral scheme, this beautiful, natural paper has an allover pattern that doesn’t detract from the overall restful feel. I love the delicate Chinese style colours, the springlike feel of the trees and the cute birds- gorgeous!

3. Use different shades of the same colour

Using different shades, tones or tints of the same colour in wallpaper, curtains, furniture and carpet creates an interesting contrast while maintaining the neutral feel. You can also use similar colours in the same shade, tone or tint to achieve the same result, the chairs here are actually blue but the tone is very similar to the rest of the scheme. To read more about understanding colour click here.

4. Add interesting shapes


The use of interesting shapes in furniture and accessories can add interest to an otherwise bland colour scheme. The eye is drawn here to the different shapes of both the funiture and the accessories. The corner has been used to create a rounded L-shaped breakfast bar and the accessories provide lots of round and rectangular shapes.

5. Add colour


If you really don’t like your neutral scheme then think about adding a pop of your favourite colour. When your whole background is neutral this can change the whole feel in an instant. The addition of a very bright and sunny accent of yellow in this scheme saves it from just disappearing into the walls. The advantage of this is that if you get fed up of yellow you can simply change your accessories without having to redo the whole room. Maybe next time bright blue?

My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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