Neutral colour schemes can be used for a range of interiors looks, for example, to create a Japanese-style living room, choose stylish grey wallpaper, a low-level sofa and Eastern-inspired furniture for a calming, minimal look.
A modern neutral living room scheme can be brought to life with a few quirky pieces that might otherwise be lost in a room filled with pattern and colour. With an understated backdrop, a statement piece such as a kitsch table lamp, ornate chandelier or oversized gilded mirror can really sing out. Alternatively choose contemporary, oversized artwork to decorate white walls and create a quirky vibe.
If wood-effect wallpaper makes you think of country style, think again. Wood effect wallpaper can be used to create a beautifully serene space that’s contemporary and a far cry from rustic room schemes. Use it to draw the eye upwards and highlight architectural features such as sash windows or high ceilings.
Use neutrals to create an understated coastal feel with dove-grey walls, whitewashed wide floorboards and linen soft furnishings. Add texture with some carefully chosen accessories such as driftwood or a vintage silvered mirror arranged on a console table for a beautiful display. Or, for a fresh spring look, why not go for a lemon-coloured walls and layer cushions and accessories in sorbet shades of pink, pale-green and blue?
A cream painted room scheme can be given a calm and cohesive look with pieces inspired by traditional Moroccan pattern. Go for a mix of statement geometry and materials such as a geometrically shaped pale wood coffee tables and a neutral patterned quilt.
Take a browse through our photo gallery of inspirational decorating ideas to find out how to work neutrals into your modern living room scheme.
Japanese-inspired living room (pictured)
This simple sofa typifies the quiet, unobtrusive elegance of Japanese design. Its low shape and soft lines create a peaceful presence.
A neutral palette is the perfect backdrop for beautiful pieces of natural wooden furniture, such as this smart coffee table. To add interest to a plain sofa, layer up knitted throws and textured cushions in different shades of cream, white and grey. Complete the look with wooden accessories and clear glass vases.
Show off your collection of antique furniture with a palette of soft creams and bright whites. To prevent the scheme from looking too cold, choose patterned upholstery and add a touch of colour with lampshades and accessories. Even your dog will love this look!
For a calm and cosy living room look, combine neutrals with soft greys and taupes. White side tables stand out against the cream sofa and grey wall, while a selection of monochrome photographs make for a striking display. It is so simple to update this scheme with the seasons, by changing your cushion covers and throws with different colours and patterns.
Looking for something colourful? Check out our living room colour schemes for inspiration.