A neutral living room
Lisa Romerin

Care-Free Living

Layer neutrals and rich browns in a living area. This subtle and stylish palette has an added bonus: It masks dirt tracked across the floor. Throw in natural furnishings and accessories for a cohesive look that’s easy to maintain.

Hanging bed
Colleen Duffley

Swing Into Style

Offset coquina or lime­stone floors with natural wood ceilings. The planks will absorb noise in the room.

A suspended bed makes a dramatic statement in the uncluttered space.

A neutral bedroom
Jean Allsopp

All in the Details

Add depth to a monochromatic scheme with weathered patinas and nubby fabrics. Dainty details such as lace and fringe appear feminine without looking frilly when done in beige.

A neutral-toned kitchen
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Warm Up With Wood

Use wood to soften the lines of a modern kitchen. Warm wood tones balance the industrial appearance of limestone counters and stainless appliances without detracting from their contemporary appeal.

A dining room area
Colleen Duffley

Dining at the Beach

To create elegant beachside interiors, opt for woven and wood furniture with modern lines. The texture of the chairs compensates for the lack of pattern in the room.

Linen-covered bed with architectural element above
Laura Moss

Simple Fabric Solutions

Use linen and burlap -- their versatility makes them suitable for everything from tablecloths and Roman shades to bedding and upholstery.

Pillow with seashell fringe
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

A Natural Approach

"I love to pair the colors found in dunes and seashells with classic, slipcovered furniture and a large sisal rug. It’s cozy and comfortable but lacks nothing in style."
-- Sarah Johnson, market editor, Coastal Living

Staircase with shingled-walls
Roger Davies

Incorporate Texture

Compensate for the lack of color in a natural palette with texture. Exterior shingles add an element of surprise when brought indoors, giving a room dimension and visual interest. Too much texture can overwhelm a small space, so this works best in a large, open area.

Oversized porch swing on wood-paneled porch
Colleen Duffley

Take Your Palette Outside

Let nature shine in outdoor rooms. Neutral schemes for porches and courtyards set off the landscape without distracting from it.

Beaded board walls in bathroom
 Tria Giovan

A Green Approach

Lend a sense of history to newer homes with salvaged or reclaimed wood. It’s environmentally friendly and provides a welcome contrast to newer building components.

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