Just like my diet, my love for colour in the home can best be described as yoyo-ing. I go in and out of my adoration for it, and I think I’ve ended up sitting on the fence with a foot in both camps.
I enjoy the striking yet subdued nature of a black, white and grey palette. But still find myself yearning for colourful accents that give the room life and save it from the all-stops train to Snoresville.
If you’re in a similar boat, this post has you covered. Below I’ve put together some ideas for you that’ll give the rooms in your home a little tone and shade, but without totally scaring you off colour for life.
So let’s get colour confident!
5 Best Accent Colours for Neutral Rooms
This is such a great colour because it doesn’t feel bright or dominant. It actually brings a sense of earthiness with it and can help ground a space. Tan leathers are a nice option to bring some masculinity to the room, while tan tones in a hide rug can have an equally impressive effect in a living room or bedroom. This colour works wonderfully in bohemian, industrial and global interior design schemes.
Nude is a colour that takes a little pink, a little white, and a little cream – and blends! It’s such a subtle shade but brings with it some visual interest. It’s great in a white room that’s feeling flat, especially if you bring it in through something like velvet cushions; it’ll evoke instant warmth. Nude tones also play particularly well with dusty greys and blues, so you can introduce a little of that too and enjoy the softness and femininity this trio creates.
If your neutral room is feeling a little warm with colours like beige and cream dominating, introduce a petrol blue to cool the look down a little. This tone has a sense of depth and sophistication to it and sits nicely against a warmer backdrop or a crisp white one. Something as simple as pillows on a bed are a great way to bring in blues without it feeling too overwhelming. And it’s a great tone for a coastal or bohemian aesthetic.
If dark blues aren’t your thing and you want to keep that sense of light and airiness in your room, consider sky blues. These ultra-light blues are at home in a contemporary setting, especially if you have high ceilings and a lot of natural light. They certainly won’t dominate the room but bring just enough colour to make things interesting. As you can see above, light blues feel very at home with grey shades, so don’t be afraid to experiment with them.
The last but certainly not least of the tones you can use to elevate a neutral room is muddy greens. Think olive greens and lighter. They’re deep in appearance and they play well in a space that already contains soft greys and whites. Something as simple as matte pottery in these green tones would work well, or pop some cushions on your sofa in these shades. If you want to ease into green, bring in olive branches in glass vases.
Are you toying with the idea of adding some accent colours to your space? I’d love to know what your best accent colours are in the comments below.
Hero image in this post comes courtesy of Sheridan.