If your home is decorated in a more neutral style, it’s possible you’re looking for ways to enhance it and create some attractive and exciting visual interest. However, you might not want to completely transform your home, instead opting to keep the look neutral as a whole.
There are plenty of reasons for wanting to stick to a neutral interior, for example:
- You are renting your home and don’t have permission from the landlord to decorate.
- You like having the ability to switch up the overall look of your home on a whim by creating a neutral base and adding interest through additional décor.
- You’re looking to sell your home and feel a neutral interior will be better for a quick sale.
- You and your family or roommates can’t agree on a theme, so you’re keeping things neutral in the mean time.
But if you have a passion for interior design and a flair for creativity, it’s understandable that you might feel a little bored at the thought of a completely neutral home. Read on to discover our top ten tips for a neutral interior that’s anything but boring - and use them to create the perfect balance.
1. Get colourful with textiles.
Changing your textiles is the easiest and one of the most popular ways to give your home a refreshing new look without actually changing the room itself. Instead of painting the walls or laying down a new carpet, add colour and design to your interior with new cushions, bedspreads, quilts, curtains, rugs or upholstery covers.
2. Feature an accent wall.
If you are able to paint the walls in your home, consider featuring an accent wall. This is an easy and fun way to add a pop of colour to your interior theme without going all out and redecorating the whole room. Choose a colour that goes with the rest of the room that will still stand out and make a statement.
3. Place accents in unusual places – or in unusual ways.
An accent in the home doesn’t have to be a wall or a bright piece of furniture. Think outside the box and try placing something bright, patterned or colourful somewhere different. Or, create a new take on traditional styles. Some ideas you could try include:
- Painting an unlikely area of your home such as the skirting boards of a room can add a splash of colour in an unexpected place and can have a dramatic impact on the look and feel of your interior.
- Create a fun take on something practical – for example your lighting, which could be enhanced with unique lamp shades or even colourful bulbs.
- Use electronics to enhance your interior, such as a digital photo frame with a variety of attractive designs and graphics as artwork.
These are just a few examples, so consider what your own options could be. Take a look around your home and consider a new approach to the way you view, use and decorate your home. You might be a surprised at what you can come up with!
4. Create strong focal points that catch the eye.
If you can find a piece that will serve as a strong focal point simply by placing it in the room, this will instantly help to update the look of your interior and add depth to its overall theme. This may include a large piece of furniture, a bold ornament or an eye-catching piece of art to name a few.
5. Try colours that are easily blend-able.
If you want to add some colour to your interior but still prefer a look that’s ‘toned down’ for the most part, choose shades that easily blend with your existing interior. These should be colours that softly complement your theme rather than standing out on their own.
6. Consider how your everyday items could brighten up your decor.
Use everyday items to add style to your interiors, such as brightly hued appliances – and even the basics such as tea cloths or utensils.
7. Feature unique pieces of furniture that make strong style statements.
© Vedarth DeshpandeElements of your home doesn't necessarily have to be bright and colourful to make a statement and create focal points – sometimes it’s down to the way they’ve been made. Choose a piece of furniture that’s certain to stand out and feature it amongst your interior to finish the look of your interior.
8. Switch up your layout for an interesting look.
To give your home a new look without actually changing its style, consider simply switching up your layout. This can make the room feel completely different, despite none of its elements being replaced or enhanced.
9. Unleash your creativity outside instead of in.
If you want to keep the inside of your home neutral, what about the outside? Don’t shy away from eye-catching exterior features such as a bold front door, some colourful siding or even upgrades to your hardware or woodwork.
10. Choose one room to decorate in a brighter, more eclectic style.
If you really don’t want to sacrifice your creative ideas, consider setting aside one area of your home to let your creativity flow freely. This could be your own bedroom, your home office or a guest room that you want to enhance with a fun and colourful style.
Any of these ideas could be a great way to make your interior more interesting, even while sticking to a neutral theme.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share for creating a neutral interior that’s still exciting? We’d love to hear them, so post them in the comments section below!