Neutral interior edit

Neutral tones are some of the most popular decor choices, and offer a light and airy look for summer living. Trudi Brewer finds when to comes to shade choices white, biscuit, grey and charcoal rule.

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There’s a fine line between a bland-looking neutral interior with no personality, to one that has a cool Scandi vibe. The dominance of white is essential as the background hue, and once you add warm beige, brown, black and gold, your living space instantly goes from forgettable to memorable. Here's how to get a on-trend neutral look.

Top row: Rattan Gable Sofa, $1490 from Citta Design. Haminga black stripe cotton throw, $299 from Un Deux Trois. Bahama Plantation hanging pendant shades set of three, $450 from IDO. Dane natural oak table, $130 from Adairs.

Second row: Geo jute cushion cover, $110 from IDO. Diamond Jute Cushion Cover, $110 from IDO. Comet natural pendant light, $875 from IDO. Moroccan Nador rug, $379 from Flux

Top tips: The secret to adding interest with neutrals is to layer different textiles, from wool to linen and brush metallics. Make sure you vary the shades from white to beige, taupe and grey. And always add a punching neutral such as black, gold or silver for a statement hue.

Neutral is not just beige. It's any shade that is muted or washed out. This season that spans to lemon and pastel blue.

The combination of rich, hardwood floors, blonde wooden furniture and metals in copper, and chrome should be combined to add interest to any neutral living space.  

If you want to add colour choose vibrant pinks, yellow and sage green with inexpensive cushions and brightly coloured flowers and plants.