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  • Writer's pictureJanine Varney


When decorating with neutrals, texture becomes your best friend! It is the most important element to keep in mind and the key to keeping things interesting and different.

Neutrals are great choice for clients who want to make a clean first impression, while still leaving flexibility for updates down the road. Neutral themes are simple to work with, a distinction they share with the equally easygoing range of natural color options. Nature and neutrals might not seem like a common pairing, but you may have already used this functional color palette without knowing it - especially if you ever decorate with muted floral hues, warm tones, or even the range of finished woods.

Use variety of shades

It is important to create contrast in a neutral space, by mixing different shades of neutral colors. Don’t just stick to ivories, light grays and beige. Its most important to make your space not feel bland. Try to have a darker gray paired with a light ivory or a wood piece on top of a dark metal. You need to create layers of color to make the room feel cohesive and not boring.


Nubby, soft, fluffy, woven, shiny, rough, wooly and tone-on-tone patterns are all perfect for a neutral home. Just like layers of colors it is important to have layers of materials. Choose different textured pillows on a sofa and throw over the back. Have rug on top of a wood floor. Layering pillows made of different materials is an easy way to mix textures in a neutral space.

Incorporate Nature

An easy way to add texture is by bringing in a natural element to the space. Whether its a rattan or wicker or some sort of wood piece (table, coffee table, chair, small accessories). A natural wood coffee table paired next to a gray sofa or a wooden dining table paired with metal chairs. You can also add in texture with accessories. We love to use driftwood, small wooden figurines, and vases to add some needed texture to a shelf or a table.

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