Decorating with a Pastel or Neutral Color Scheme

Caroline Inge

Article Posted By: Caroline Inge

of The Home Depot

Choosing a color scheme for your home can be a daunting task, especially if you worry you’ll tire of a certain color or combination. That’s one of the reasons we love the idea of decorating with a soft pastel or neutral color scheme. These barely-there shades are a lovely option, and just because they aren’t bold doesn’t mean they have to be boring! Here are some of our favorite ways to use neutral wall colors in a more interesting way:

1. Pair it with a wall treatment

In the photo below, the bathroom features a creamy white wainscoting on the bottom of the wall, paired with a soft green on the top. By balancing texture and color, you’re left with a charming, neutral space that is anything but dull.

Bathroom decorated in a light green neutral color scheme

Paint color above is Behr’s Spirit Whisper #420A-2

2. Play with pattern

Wallpaper and patterns are a fabulous way to use a neutral color scheme in a playful way. We love the way this space features a stripe on the fireplace wall in two warm shades of taupe to create an extra layer of dimension. It creates the perfect focal point in a living area.

Striped Living room decorated in a neutral color scheme

Paint colors above are Glidden “Olivewood” #GLN15 on the wall; stripes are Behr’s “Riviera Sand” #320E-3; mantel is MSL Potter’s Clay finish in the color Sesame

 3. Pick a color that brings out your view

The gorgeous light green in the space below is perfect for this mudroom because it echoes the leafy trees outside the large window. Picking a shade that already exists in the space is a perfect way to draw inspiration.

Mudroom decorated in a light green neutral color scheme

Paint color above is Behr’s “Topiary Tint” #440-3

 4. Go for complementary colors

The mauve color in this hallway feels interesting but at home in this space because of the way it compliments the light greens in the large painting. By picking a shade on the opposite end of the color wheel, the wall color feels at home with this painting.

Dusty lavender hallway decorated in a neutral color scheme

Paint color above is Glidden’s “Midday Mocha” #GLN17

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