Layered Neutral Textures

In my new space, I find myself moving more and more to neutral interiors.  There seems to be a quiet, sophisticated elegance in designs that have layered textures using only a neutral palate.  Finding inspiration in beautifully designed interiors, I looked for tips that I might use in designing my own home.

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photograph via avalonjacksonbeach

Tip 1:  Add or highlight architectural elements that use a variety of textures like stone, wood, tile, and steel in the room’s core design.

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Tracery Interiors via theenchantedhome

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Phoebe Howard via theenchantedhome

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photograph via celebrateanddecorate

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Tip 2:  Add contrast with a range of neutral values.

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photograph by Max Kim-Bee via Veranda

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photograph via houzz

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Tip 3: Choose eclectic furnishings and fixtures.

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photograph by Max Kim-Bee via Veranda

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Kristen Nix, photograph by Brittany Ambridge via Domino

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restorationhardware via jjasmineinteriors

Tip 4:  Add a variety of materials (including fabrics, glass, steel, leather, and fur) in the room’s decor.

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photograph via 3dayblinds

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Alexandra Federova via moldse

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photograph via avalonjacksonbeach

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photograph via kristenellisdesign

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Nate Berkus, photograph by Brittany Ambridge via Domino

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photograph via thelennoxx

Tip 5:  Mix warm and cool neutrals.

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photograph by Tom Haga via decoholic

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Michelle Workman via theenchantedhome

Tip 6:  Choose accent pieces and decor that add visual interest.

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BHG via designsavvyofnj

Identifying specific design choices in these beautiful neutral interiors empowers me with understanding how to keep this palate interesting. With a few simple changes in my own home, I feel more confident moving in that direction.  Neutrals also offer a wonderful backdrop to fine art and lush plants which is a bonus for me too.