Living Room: Neutral Design Palette

In the Spring of 2015 we sold our starter home and moved into a larger, family friendly home.


When we purchased our newly constructed home, it was a blank canvas.  I was anxious and excited to decorate and couldn’t wait to get started!  In the months leading up to our closing date I continuously pinned hundreds of ideas and created numerous mood boards.

When it comes to decorating, I aim to keep things neutral and cozy and that’s exactly the feel I was going for in our ‘formal’ living room.

Decorating with neutrals can be tricky, however, because there is a really fine line between cozy and boring.


The best way to keep things interesting is by incorporating a lot of texture such as baskets, patterned rugs, pillows, accessories, and textured fabrics in a variety of neutral hues.


I arranged the rug at an angle, in line with the fireplace, to create some added dimension within the space.  Blankets, throws, and lots of plush pillows add a soft and relaxing feel.

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The paint color throughout the entire house is Indian River by Benjamin Moore.



Decorating tips:

  • mix, don’t match; layer patterns with solids
  • create and open conversation space
  • fake a tall ceiling by adding window treatments from ceiling to floor (not top of window to floor)
  • achieve balance
  • blend elegance with comfort
  • incorporate personal touches
  • don’t over crowd the space with too much furniture
  • choose furniture that fits the size of your room
  • make good use of natural light

Area Rug- Walmart

Tufted Upholstered Arm Chair- Target

Tufted Upholstered Love Seat- Target

End Table- Wayfair

Lamp- Pier 1

Curtains- DIY

Pillows- Marshals

Wall Art- Hobby Lobby

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