Mixing Neutrals

I feel like everyone loves the idea of neutral decor, but it tends to cause overthinking. “This beige doesn’t match this beige and this is the wrong shade of off white.” Sound familiar? Do yourself a favor, don’t overthink it. The key is balance. Having a good amount of neutral color variations in different textures will balance a room. Trying to match each shade of white/beige/gray won’t look natural and it may drive you crazy.

Here are a few examples to give you an idea of what I mean by balance.

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The above room pulls off neutrals beautifully. The sofas, pillows, rug and wall color are all different shades of creamy white/beige, but because they’re all different textures, they flow well together. Strategically placed items in the same color family but darker (baskets, pots, blanket) pull the room together and give it dimension.

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Above is another example of various shades of neutrals used together. Here, not only do the textures vary but patterns vary as well. Again, balance is key. Be sure to use large and small patterns together. Too many large patterns can appear bold; too many small patterns appears to be busy.

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Once again, a wonderful example of mixing patterns and textures. I also love the subtle pop of color with pillows and flowers.

Struggling with paint colors? Check out my post here.

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2 thoughts on “Mixing Neutrals

  1. AndreaGraddy says:

    You have totally inspired me to begin the process of painting our bedroom – which we are slowly, but surely, decorating. I’m SO guilty of wanting to paint a room first. Thanks for the tips!

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