13 Ways to Decorate a Room with Neutral Colours

Using neutral colours at home doesn’t have to mean being boring.

I personally enjoy putting together various off-white shades, greys and soft fawn colours to bring my bedroom to life. There are lots of interior tips and styling ideas below that will help you create an adobe that’s perfect for relaxing in. So, if you’re looking for ways to incorporate neutral shades into your home then be sure to give these a go.


Off-white scatter cushions*,  Mohair pink throw*, Vintage patterned cushion cover*, Textured bedding – all Julian Charles | Knitted cushion covers – John Lewis | Wall mural – Graham & Brown | Ampersand Light* & Hexagon Light* – both Iconic Lights | City canvas* – Bonusprint | Candle – House of Fraser | Fake plant – Debenhams | German Shepherd sign – gift

How to Decorate with Neutral Colours without Being Boring:

1. Pretty Patterns

Add a patterned cushion cover, throw or curtain to create interest in the room. I used a vintage inspired cushion cover that’s in a soft beige and grey to add visual interest.

2. Subtle Tones

Believe it or not there are different shades of white. If you’ve been to B&Q or Homebase and walked down the paints isle you would have noticed that there’s more than just ‘white’ paint available. So, by mixing these off-white shades you can create a calm space with ease. Go wild 😉

3. Natural Elements

Neutral colours can be complimented nicely by the use of natural pieces of furniture or accessories. My wooden bed frame in this case adds a natural, chic finish to the bedroom but do try other things to just wooden furniture, like a stand alone wicker basket or even a jute rug.

4. Tactile Textures


I’m a big fan of textured surfaces that I can stroke or bury my feet into. Just like the knitted cushion cover in the photo or mohair throw, tactile textures can add an interest to your interior through it’s visual appeal.

5. Present your Personality


Don’t forget to add your personality into the room. You can find lots of decor and neutral coloured hangings or signs that can carry a slogan that’s meaningful to you. I recently adopted a white German Shepherd puppy and received this quote as a gift.

6. Quirky Lights

Add an interesting light to build on your interior design style. You would have hopefully spotted two lights; an ampersand light on shelf and a hexagon one on bedside table, both of which are white but add a certain modern character to the room.

7. Need for Nature

Whether it’s real or fake, a plant can really add a fresh feel to the room. Bring your interior to life and have a think about not only the type of plant that you’ll be adding but the plant pot in which you’ll keep it in.

8. Love Layering

Throw upon throw, upon lots of bedding. When it comes to creating a heavenly haven for hibernation in your bedroom, there’s nothing wrong with adding lots and lots of layers. Scatter cushions galore and soft covers will made a bed that you’d just want to jump into, curl up and never get out again.

9. Reflect on your Surface

Metal accessories can help bounce the light off their surface, creating an even brighter and lighter space. Also, when it comes to neutral coloured interiors, a brass or copper injects interest because of its reflective surface that your eyes are attracted to and then adds another tone to your decor as well.

10. A Spot of Pale Colour

You can get away with adding pastel colours to a neutral space. Did you notice how I subtly added pale pastel pink using a framed word on my shelf above the bed and the throw too? As long as it’s subtly done, it can look fabulous in a neutral interior scheme.

11. A Favourite Feature


Add a feature wall in a neutral colour. I have an awesome book feature wall and what’s unusual about it is that it’s in white and grey shades only. It’s a stunning pattern that’s bold yet in a subtle way.

12. Decorative Accessories

Adding off-white, beige and grey candles and trinkets all add to the final finish. Be sure to collect these and add extra interest to your room.

13. Artistic Flare

Don’t forget to use your walls. Wall art or a canvas of your favourite photographs can both celebrate your personality and complete your interior design look.

I hope I’ve convinced you that neutral colour schemes don’t have to be boring and if you have any other tips you’d like to share with us then do comment below.

Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • November 4, 2016


    This is something I struggle with as our lounge is neutral and I never know how to go about decorate! Thanks for the gorgeous ideas!

  • November 4, 2016

    Dean of Little Steps

    I love, love, love your wallpaper 🙂

  • November 4, 2016


    Great ideas, thinking of redecorating our living room neutral after christmas

  • November 5, 2016

    Lauretta Wright

    Some super tips – thank you! I really like adding textures to give a room more depth and character – especially natural ones like wood combined with softer (faux) fur. And then when I want a pop of colour – I just accessorise! Lovely website by the way!

  • Fab ideas. I am quite a fan of neutral colour schemes, they work really well.
    I love the wallpaper too, that’s awesome! x

  • November 5, 2016


    I do love those knitted cushions, I need some of those

  • November 5, 2016

    Zena's Suitcase

    I really love that look, and really didn’t think I would. You’ve really given me some food for thought here

  • November 6, 2016


    I so wish I was good at using neutrals in my home as I am with my outfits.

  • November 7, 2016


    Great ideas. Neutral colours always make the place so cozy.