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Accent Color Ideas for Neutral Modern Interiors

If you prefer a neutral palette at home, today’s post is for you. Grey, beige and other soft tones often take center stage in the modern home. How do you accent these mellow hues? Below you will find a range of design ideas, organized by color. Sometimes the answer is contrast, with the addition of a dark, bold hue such as black. At other times, one or more vases in radiant colors can make a big difference. There are no “right” answers, but we think you’ll enjoy the clever accent color solutions that follow…

*All photos in today’s post by Alex Ion for Decoist

Mellow Blue

Blue is calming, yet strong in its own right. Sometimes a dash of this color is all it takes to create a pleasant effect in a neutral room. Light blue trim and a navy throw pillow on the beige bedding below combine to provide the perfect soft touch:

Blue accents in a tan bedroom
Blue accents in a tan bedroom

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Blue can make a big impact without taking over the space. While the color palette in this next boudoir clearly lives in warm-toned territory, a shelf and  couple of vases in blue add just the right amount of color.

Blue decor in a neutral bedroom
Blue decor in a neutral bedroom

You can even blur the line between blue and grey by keeping the blue tones smoky, as seen with the throw pillows, rug and chairs in the grey room below:

Grey-blue pillows bring a neutral room to life
Grey-blue pillows bring a neutral room to life

Let’s all say it together: accent wall! Yet this accent wall is soothing rather than jarring. Once again, smoky blue gets the job done:

A smoky blue wall adds just the right amount of color
A smoky blue wall adds just the right amount of color

If you’re looking for a bold pop of color, opt for turquoise. It’s a happy hue, and one that stands out against the warmth of wood. The dining room vignette below says it all:

Blue vases are vibrant yet mellow
Blue vases are vibrant yet mellow

Blue comes in many shades. Don’t be afraid to veer into lavender tones! A touch of periwinkle graces this modern bathroom without hindering the neutral feel:

A dash of periwinkle blue in a minimalist bathroom
A dash of periwinkle blue in a minimalist bathroom

Verdant Green

Green evokes the beauty of nature. It’s a life-affirming color that pairs perfectly with neutral hues. After all, we’re used to looking out the window and seeing green grass and trees. Since green is often the backdrop to our life experiences (especially for those who spend a lot of time outside), it can even seem like an “honorary neutral”. Try introducing one or two pops of green into a grey or beige room!

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A touch of green in a grey bathroom
A touch of green in a grey bathroom

A vase gets the job done, but so do produce and plants! Green brings the kitchen below to life. When it comes to herbs and indoor plants, it’s our opinion that you can never have too many…

Greenery is a natural accent color
Greenery is a natural accent color

This next culinary space is as much about ample greenery as it is about dramatic dark tones. In fact, these two elements beautifully offset one another:

Touches of greenery in a modern kitchen
Touches of greenery in a modern kitchen

There are many shades of green to explore, from yellowy hues to the deepest of verdant shades. You can combine them or go for a monochromatic look, as shown by the trio of succulents on this dining room table:

Green succulents in a clean-lined dining room
Green succulents in a clean-lined dining room

Deep green leaves add natural beauty to the sleek, modern bathroom below. Let’s hear it for large potted plants!

Potted plants in a neutral bathroom
Potted plants in a neutral bathroom

In fact, tropical leaves can evoke a resort-style feel in the modern powder room. Elegance reigns in this neutral-toned bathroom:

Tropical leaves add color and elegance
Tropical leaves add color and elegance

Don’t forget the power of an unexpected pop of green! A teal glow can be seen coming from the circular lighting in the bathroom below, and a teal container on the counter reinforces the blue-green effect:

Pops of green in a white powder room
Pops of green in a white powder room

Rosy Shades

Red can be vibrant and energizing, yet it can also add a cozy feel with its warm glow. Pink is a happy hue that can range from bold to soft. When rosy tones meet a neutral space, the effect is welcoming:

Rosy shades in a modern living area
Rosy shades in a modern living area

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Sometimes red provides the perfect dose of drama, as seen in the grey bathroom below:

A hint of red adds elegance
A hint of red adds elegance

Red can also make one accent truly pop, helping to create a focal point in a neutral space. A little goes a long way. In fact, sometimes less is more when it comes to fiery red.

A dash of red makes all the difference
A dash of red makes all the difference

Don’t forget about the fun of bright pink! Neon is the name of the game in this elegant interior, and shiny stone plus flowing water combine to create bold elegance.

Pink lighting in a modern powder room
Pink lighting in a modern powder room

Black and Brown

We end today’s post with a look at interiors that feature shades of black and brown. Sometimes the warmth of wood is the perfect counterpart to a room featuring a hefty dose of black. And sometimes black and white bring wood paneling to life, as shown below:

Black and white meet brown in this modern bathroom
Black and white meet brown in this modern bathroom

Wooden cylinder tables add just the right amount of light warmth to the black interior in the next image:

Black meets tan in this modern living area
Black meets tan in this modern living area

Last but not least, black chairs are paired with a wooden dining table in the space below. Placemats and napkins in shades of black, white and grey create neutral contrast:

Warm and cool tones in a modern dining room
Warm and cool tones in a modern dining room

We hope today’s post has shown that the strategic use of accent colors can elevate neutral interiors to new heights. Happy decorating!

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