Looking for ideas to create a beautiful living room with a neutral colour palette?
We've chosen some of our favourite neutral living rooms. Each created by one of our customers and featuring one of our solid wood mantels as part of the final look. So scroll through for some real life inspiration!
Keep It Simple
Less is definitely more if you want to nail the look. Make alcove shelves melt into the wall by painting them the same colour, and then keep accessories to a minimum and in a muted colour palette too. Image by our_home_on_thehill
Create An Eye-Catching Statement
When the colour palette is muted, you need to find a way to create interest in the space. Something that draws the eye, and creates the wow factor. Usually people consider a statement wall with a different paint colour, or wallpaper. In a neutral living room scheme that's not an option. We love how this fireplace wall has been brought to life with an insert of real wood logs. They fit the scheme perfectly, being positioned near a wood burner, and add texture and interest to an otherwise blank canvas.Image by rendered_renovation
Add Quirky Furnishings
In this living room your eye isn't drawn immediately to the fireplace, it's the quirky pet bed that catches your attention, and puts a smile on your face. Neutral living spaces often feel very grown-up and sophisticated, but it's important to add playfulness and a piece of your personality to your home too. Whether that's through your choice of artwork for the walls, soft furnishings on the sofas and chairs, or creating the best seat in the house for your furry friend.Image by our_surrey_home
Mix & Match Textures and Patterns
You can make even the smallest of living spaces feel that little bit bigger with the clever use of flooring and neutral colours. Our customer has kept the colour palette really simple, and lifted the space with textures and patterns. The herringbone wooden flooring works wonders, drawing your eye across this narrow living room, creating the illusion of extra space. The addition of checked soft furnishings in a complementing colour, and the natural textures of the oak mantel beam and wooden coffee table complete the look. Image by the_cubbyhole
Take The Look Through The Home
Don't decorate each space in your home as if it exists in isolation. Your home needs to flow easily from one room to the next, creating a relaxing and inviting environment for you to live in, and your guests to enjoy. This customer has kept the flooring and colour palette the same throughout the downstairs, and also mirrored the wooden mantel above her fireplace with the use of a wooden shelf above her sliding doorway. It creates a cohesive look, making the space feel bigger, and pulled together perfectly. Image by budgethomeinterior_
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