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20 Ways to Make a Neutral Space Pop With Color

August 03, 2017

A well-curated neutral palette is timeless and creates instant unity. Energize your scheme by introducing a splash a color — these 20 rooms show you how.

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Photo: John Woodcock. From: Lexi Westergard.

Max Out Your Hues

Grounding a room in a neutral palette gives your eye a place to rest, while purposeful pops of color move the eye throughout the room to find new and interesting elements. In this historic 1930s home, white walls, a tan leather sofa and pale hardwood floors are offset by Kelly green armchairs, graphic-patterned pillows and an ocean-blue area rug.

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Photo: Jeff Herr Photography. From: Terracotta Design Build.

Better With Purple

This open kitchen is a study in striking contrast with black ceramic floors and textured chevron wallpaper against an alabaster quartz backsplash and clean white cabinetry. The glossy plum kitchen island with brass accents not only brings a welcome shot of royal color to the space, but it also adds a touch of metallic glam.

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Photo: Garrett Rowland. From: Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design.

Color With a Story

Recycled plastic bottles find new life when Colombian weavers transform them into these one-of-a-kind PET Lamp chandeliers. The style-making fixture not only adds exciting color to this all-white dining room, but also combines artisanal traditions, earth-saving conservation and makes for a great conversation piece.

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Photo: Anthony Hall; Design By: Marvin Daniel and Brian Pilgrim, KDW Home

Artful Decisions

Take an empty wall from background to centerstage with a prominent piece of art that brings color and life to the room. This modern country breakfast nook combines a glossy natural wood table with traditional ladderback chairs. The built-in banquette features a teal cushion, reflecting hues from the gorgeous abstract art. Terracotta tiles add warmth and ground the kitchen and breakfast area.

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