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22 Boring-Free Neutral Living Room Ideas

By Indah Nur Ariviani September 26, 2020

Dominated by bright and light color schemes, not many people sign up for neutral living room design. They are worried that it will look boring and plain instead of stylish. Little did they know that with the right layout and accent, it can create a refreshing vibe to the house.

Don’t believe it just yet? Take a look at these neutral living room ideas that will change your mind instantly. See the relaxing and calming side of the shades that are capable of bringing peace to mind, but with a little twist, it can be fun and lively too.

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Lay Down an Accent Rug

01) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Lay Down an Accent Rug

Designing a neutral living room is a little tricky, but if you quite don’t know how to make it livelier, create your own accent with one vivid color. The red rug helps the room look brighter, framing the white and grey palette perfectly. It also gives a vintage touch that makes the living room more stylish and, on top of that, blends well with the wooden flooring.

Build an Accent Stone Wall

02) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Build an Accent Stone Wall

In the middle of light color design, it will be hard to choose just one focal point since everything appears almost the same. This is why creating an accent wall will help, not with a prominent color but with natural stone that comes from the same shade with the rest of the room. Its distinctive texture and appearance make the living room stand out in style.

Bring In the Antique Furniture Piece

03) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Bring In the Antique Furniture Piece

The neutral living room is not always about light colors with a touch of pattern and textures. Bringing in antique furniture adds dynamic to the room, giving it its own uniqueness. The timeworn wooden table, for example, matches very well with the old-fashioned sofa behind it.

Choose Comfortable Seating

04) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Choose Comfortable Seating

If you want to prioritize comfort in your living room, you can’t sacrifice style because this sofa design and layout can do both. Without any table seen at the center – instead replaced with the rug’s pattern, the three sofas in different neutral shades are the focal point. The rug-covered flooring is another comfy material to have.

Play With Patterned Bench Cushions

05) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Play With Patterned Bench Cushions

Pattern is the number one choice to save the neutral living room from looking bland. The sectional bench is full of patterns on its cushions, immediately draws attention in the ultra-minimalist living room. This is an example that only one pattern is enough without having to add more of it.

Bring In Some Colorful Throws

06) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Bring In Some Colorful Throws

This spacious neutral-toned living room gives a calm and relaxing sensation thanks to its large windows by the side. However, the room will not look so stylish if not for its three-colored sofa pillows in a matching pattern for each. Another scene-stealer in this design is the drop leave coffee table stands in the center of the room.

Paint the Fireplace

07) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Paint the Fireplace

The sophisticated white living room has a lovely wooden element added to it. But the lack of pattern can change the stylish design into a boring one that the greenery couldn’t save. The main lead of this living room is indeed the black fireplace, looking prominent in the middle of light colors and natural elements. However, it’s important to keep everything in neutral shades for it to stand out.

Stand on the Quirky Side

08) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Stand on the Quirky Side

Make a difference in the neutral living room design with a series of unusual furniture shapes. Together they create a distinctive layout that even though the room is filled with plain colors and no pattern visible – except for the accent wall, it still looks fun and quirky. Note the floor lamp on the far corner, which is probably losing to the sunlight outside but will become a statement light when darkness falls.

Stay True to One Color (Gray)

09) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Stay True to One Color (Gray)

You may never know that grey alone can make your neutral living room looks elegant and sophisticated. With only one shade of gray for the wall, sofa, and curtain, this living room is effortlessly chic with the splashes of earthy-toned sofa pillows. The rounded marble stool finishes things off perfectly.

Add Greenery

10) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Add Greenery

Indoor plants can get along with any kind of design, from vintage to modern, since their presence never fails to accentuate the room. When you’re done with high armchairs in a subtle floral pattern but still feel like the room misses something, bring in the greenery. Place them in strategic corners to give it some color.

Try Leather Sofa

11) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Try Leather Sofa

Timeless and ever-luxury, leather sofa is the answer to your need to have a stylish living room in a neutral palette. The beige sand sofa adds some natural elements into the room, which is dominated by earthy-toned colors. You can use huge-patterned carpet on the floor if you want to ditch the table.

Mix and Match the Colors

12) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Mix and Match the Colors

Don’t just use one color scheme for your neutral living room. Try mixing some colors, such as gray and white, with darker tones on the floor. Instead of the typical light brown wooden flooring, this room has it in dark wood tones.

Create a Statement With Quirky Wall Lights

13) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Create a Statement With Quirky Wall Lights

When you are designing a neutral living room, you have to pick a certain focal point that makes your design stands out. A vacant corner can turn into a stylish one with the right arrangement. Put a vintage sideboard and large indoor plant side by side, then place quirky wall lights as a statement. It won’t overshadow the others but helps to complete the design instead.

Transform Empty Spots Into Recessed Bookshelf

14) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Transform Empty Spots Into Recessed Bookshelf

The key to creating a stylish living room in neutral colors is by utilizing every single inch and not to let them look empty. Flaunt your creativity by making a recessed bookshelf to display your collection and serving as a good decorative element to the room. Don’t forget to look at the accent pillows with soft patterns that occupy the sofa.

Splash of Blue

15) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Splash of Blue

Blue, grey, and white make a perfect combination for your living room without discarding the neutral theme at all. To do this, don’t put on too many patterns. The carpet on the floor has a pattern but fails to stands out since it has similar grey color as the sofa, which is very beneficial for the blue.

Hang a Statement Lighting

16) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Hang a Statement Lighting

Not one, but two statements are needed for a living room with no pattern at all. The rectangle hanging lamp above the sofa exudes a modern feeling. Still, the accent comes in the form of the large abstract painting on the wall. The dark shades make sure that all attentions are driven to the center of the room.

Expose the Beam

17) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Expose the Beam

This neutral, modern farmhouse living room has a subtle scheme wrapping the furniture. While the splashes of baby blue indeed help, the focal point is the high ceiling with its exposed beams. It gives a roomier and more relaxing vibe to the space below.

Use Wallpaper

18) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Use Wallpaper

Pastel color can be a good addition to a living room with a neutral palette. The soft pink sofa makes this living room look chicer, such a perfect match for the wooden flooring and lots of greenery in it. Also, take a look at the full-patterned wallpaper, which also works as an accent wall.

Consider Symmetrical Layout

19) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Consider Symmetrical Layout

Design-wise, this living room has the most perfect layout. Each thing has an identical rectangular shape, from the sofa, table, and side tables. On the patterned carpet that covers the floor, the room has a strong vintage and comfortable charm.

Go Back to Traditional Style

20) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Go Back to Traditional Style

A strong traditional vibe in this neutral-themed living room is exuded from the white sectional sofa and faded carpet under it. The placement of indoor plants looks refreshing, but the fur pillows and dark-colored ones make the room very warm and welcoming.

Expose the Brick Wall

21) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Expose the Brick Wall

Here is another vintage-themed living room in neutral colors with lots of patterns in it. You may do so only if you are lucky enough to have a large space. To make balance, keep the wall empty of ornaments to make the exposed bricks more visible.

Pick Wooden Wall and Floor

22) Neutral Living Room Ideas - Pick Wooden Wall and Floor

Not just the floor, wooden walls surprisingly makes a stylish one. In fact, you don’t need patterns or splashes of colors since the wall will make the white sofa stands out, creating a different kind of neutral-themed living room.

Indah Nur Ariviani[Editor]
Indah is an experienced & professional content writer & editor covering awesome ideas about home decor and improvements. She is a hard worker, a life-long learner and a determined person. When she's not writing here, you may find her writing about lifestyle, translating documents or getting dizzy learning finance-related stuff.

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