5 Simple Ways to Add Colour in a Neutral Room

Are you afraid of colour? Are you not sure what colours to use when you have a room painted in neutral tones? Do you ‘play safe’ and always choose grey (or cream)?

Does the above sound like you? I get it, using neutral tones in a room makes decorating or furnishing a room simple. BUT, what if you added some colour….read on for some colourful ideas to inspire you. All with a nod to a vintage style of course!

One-if the thought of bright colours really does make you cringe, then I'll ease you in gently. 

I suggest starting simply with some pastel tones. Annie Sloan’s Paloma is the perfect choice for those who love grey. This colour is a grey with a hint of lilac; such a soft pretty colour and so easy to incorporate in that neutral landscape. Add a soft pink blanket and co-ordinating cushions and you are good to go! A simple and easy way to add colour in a neutral room.

Chest of drawers painted in Annie Sloan Paloma with co-ordinating soft furnishings


Chest of drawers painted in Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue


As an alternative, a beautiful Duck Egg Blue will also give you a touch of colour without raising your blood pressure. Green tones have been shown to be one of the most restful colours to have in your home.


  Two - adding navy blue can really lift a room from the neutral doldrums in a sneaky way; making it an easy choice for those who are afraid of colour.

Here the colours in this display at Source for the Goose are neutral but with the added punchiness of Navy Blue. That’s not scary is it? 


Don't forget you can find out more about using blue by reading my blog - Thinking about decorating with blue, read on for some ideas…


Three - are you ready to dip your toes into the world of a stronger colour?

Keep it simple and add one  bright oil painting on a wall.  Not overwhelming but it will be the ‘pop’ that you will have heard of.  (Vintage picture courtesy of The Gilbert Gallery)


chest of drawers painted in Annie Sloan Whistler Grey with

Alternatively, invest in some cheerful vintage china and add to shelves or an old pine dresser for a colourful look. The addition of flowers will always bring a smile to your face as well and make it such a simple way to add colour in a neutral room.

vintage china on antique pine dresser at Source for the Goose















Four - picture a room with a wooden or slate floor, add warmth and some colour with a Braided Rug.

Keep it warm with the popular Misty Blue or Carnival. These rugs are perfect for the room that needs a ‘lift without detracting from the simple look of white walls and natural wood or painted furniture.

Misty Blue Braided Rug in front of a painted settle

neutral, cool toned chest of drawers with Carnival braided rug

For more Braided Rug designs, check out Five Favourite Braided Rug Colours at Source for the Goose.


Five - A popular look is for one item of furniture to really stand out, as Jess from Figtree Farm has with this dresser. 

This warm red stands out against the neutral, soft toned walls and floor. Notice how the red of the tea towel on the wooden airer (bought from yours truly) picks up the same colour. 

Dark red dresser in neutral toned hallway













You can achieve a similar look with Annie Sloan Burgundy Chalk Paint, a deep rich red which will add a warmth to any piece of furniture.

Pot Cupboard or bedside table painted in Annie Sloan Burgundy

Are you ready to take the plunge? I hope this article has inspired and given you confidence to bring colour into your home. 
Love Jill x
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