Introducing patterned wallpaper or a contrasting feature wall gives a neutral country-style scheme a smart, sophisticated edge. Make sure you have plenty of curved-edged furniture and accessories so the room retains a soft, relaxed look, while hints of green will warm up the neutral shades if youre worried it may appear too cold.
Grey-based neutrals can look a little flat, but this can be easily fixed by introducing lots of texture through weathered wooden furniture, chunky textiles and glass and ceramic accessories. Adding a warm shade like soft pink will give a bedroom a cosier feel without contrasting too much with the rest of the relaxed colour scheme.
Transform your kitchen-diner into a warm and inviting space with a relaxed neutral scheme. Choose a warm mocha shade for flooring and a paler truffle tone for the walls. A subtle feature wall looks great with this look so choose patterned wallpaper in a tonal shade and introduce wooden dining furniture and accessories in linen and weathered metal.
Why not try a sophisticated spin on a neutral scheme In your living room by adding barely-there contrasting pattern, such as paisley and animal prints, on cushions, walls and accessories. Team with rich, dark coloured wood furniture in simple shapes so you can let the pattern do the talking.
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Bring a hotel-style elegance to your bedroom with a sophisticated neutral scheme together with classic monochrome accents. Keep the luxe look symmetrical with matching bedside tables and lamps on either side of a bed covered in crisp white cotton sheets. Add a bedspread in a soothing neutral, such as caramel.
Neutrals are wonderfully versatile and, provided you pick a simple base colour and layer up with plenty of tonal shades, youll get a look thats full of depth. Without pattern and texture, however, the space can appear unwelcoming, so dont forget to introduce both with a textured-effect wallpaper and country-style accessories like baskets, knitted cushions and a sheepskin rug.
Not one for beige and cream? Seaside shades of sand and pebble, the blue-grey colour of the sea and the pearlescent pink of seashells are all gorgeous neutrals and are a great alternative to the traditional taupe-based classics. Pick a simple muted base in a blue-grey shade and add a table and chairs and a dresser in a mixture of woods – light, dark and weathered. A few glossy and textured ceramics in pale greys and pinks will add subtle colour and detail.
Go for a pared-back scheme that packs plenty of punch by setting furniture and accessories in off-whites, creams and light greys against a wall painted in a bold organic colour, such as petrol blue or apple green. Choose mid-century-style wooden furniture with unfussy, elegant lines and, if you want to introduce pattern, stick to simple stripes so it doesnt pull the focus away from the striking backdrop.
Add instant warmth and country style to a room with a soft pink neutral backdrop against a selection of warm mocha and putty shades. Finish off a wooden dining table with a homely linen tablecloth and introduce some fresh foliage into the mix.
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