Although it's often the bold colors and trendy details that catch our eye, it's layered neutrals that have our heart. At their best, neutrals are layered, textured, and elegant — in other words, anything but boring. Follow our guide below to learn how easy it is to make an understated impact inspired by the one below.

  • Choose the right hues: When it comes to creating an airy space, the right hues are key. To keep your room bright, set the tone with cream-colored paint ($68 a gallon), that will act as the foundation for your neutral pallet.
  • Opt for crisp linens: The right linens and textures will give your space an effortless look. Rather than choosing patterned bedding, opt for a classic white quilt ($51-$394, originally $64-$474) and layer with a light brown throw blanket ($395). Use metallic linen pillows ($7-$36) to add even more texture and a cotton ruffled pillow ($8-$24, originally $8-$36) for subtle detail. Sheer curtains ($40) are an essential that favor natural light.
  • Style earthy accents: To prevent your space from looking too curated, choose earthy pieces that are timeless. A "vintage" glass vase ($8), gold dove ($60), and light wood tray ($69-$89) make simple statements.
  • Embrace clean lines: To prevent your space from being fussy or formal, choose decor with clean lines and soft colors. This side chair ($2,995) is perfect because its mid-century design is softened with a driftwood finish and cowhide upholstery. Although understated, a white glass lamp ($588) can be a glamorous touch.