— Integrate a neutral color palette into your largest pieces such as sofas and large upholstery items. This will allow you to get the maximum mileage out of your purchases.
— Experiment with a monochromatic color palette. Using tints, tones and shades of the same color can be not only soothing, but also modern and sleek.
— Don’t be afraid to mix finishes and materials. You can incorporate neutrals into your space through your use of fabrics and finishes.
— Try metallics. Silver, gold, brass and even platinum are not only appealing neutrals, but they can also add a bit of glam.
— Consider wood. Wood can add an interesting and rustic texture to a space.
— Incorporate neutral accessories and accents. This can be a wonderful way to add exciting pieces to a space that won’t compete with the rest of your decor.
— Don’t be afraid to mix and match neutral colors in one space, for example a color palette of black, white and beige.
Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at www.cathyhobbs.com .