Neutral wall colors are a great way to make a room feel bigger and brighter, but they can often come off a bit bland or boring.

Fortunately, neutral wall colors are the perfect canvas to allow accent colors to stand out!

A small pop of color can add subtle enhancements to the style of your space while bold color choices can add energy and a unique flair.

Once your color schemes have been selected you can easily transform your room’s mood from melancholy to lively.

Eight easy ways to pep up neutrals with bright accent colors:

1. Paint Your Light Fixtures With a Fun, Flashy Color

No need to replace those brassy outdated light fixtures – just give them a coat of paint! Adding a ‘pop’ of color to your light fixtures will give your space a unique, fresh look. 

2. Decorate with Striking Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are another perfect way to add color and character to neutral spaces. 

If you want to incorporate pink into your living room, you might not want pink walls, a pink couch, or pink carpet. Pink throw pillows are an understated way to introduce a vibrant color.

blog-bm-20190306-jc-licht-chicagoland-paint-pristineBenjamin Moore: Walls: Pristine OC-75, Regal® Select, Matte. Trim: White Opulence
OC-69, Regal® Select, Semi-Gloss. Ceiling: White Opulence OC-69, Regal® Select, Flat.

3. Add Vibrant Throw Blankets

One of the easiest ways to add color to neutral rooms is by incorporating throw blankets. A cozy blanket tossed over the back of a  chair or the arm of the couch adds color, comfort, texture, and style to your home. 

Blankets are particularly fitting in living rooms or bedrooms!

4. Paint Old Furniture

If you have an old piece of furniture that has seen better days, give it a coat of fresh paint to add color into a neutral room.

Whether it’s an old chair or an outdated dresser, Benjamin Moore Advance can help! Ben Moore’s Advance is a low VOC, waterborne interior paint that cures to a hard, durable finish.

blog-bm-20190306-jc-licht-chicagoland-paint-coral-essence-chairsBenjamin Moore: Walls: Castleton Mist HC-1, Aura Flat. Stair wainscot: Castleton
Mist HC-1, Aura Semi Gloss. Chairs: Coral Essence 2007-40, Advance Semi Gloss.

5. Create Drama With an Accent Wall 

As the saying goes “Go big or go home’. A painted accent wall adds a bold focal point to any room.

Have fun with this! Pick something bright like Benjamin Moore Cool Aqua 2056-40, for a solid colored wall or even do stripes or patterns and transform your space into a room full of character.

blog-bm-20190306-jc-licht-chicagoland-paint-cool-aquaBenjamin Moore Cool Aqua 2056-40.


blog-bm-20190306-jc-licht-chicagoland-paint-Dolphin-jumpBenjamin Moore: Walls: Dolphin Jump C-5291, Coronado Tough Walls Eggshell. 
Trim: Raw Cotton C-5823, Coronado Tough Walls, Semi-Gloss.

6. Accessorize with Accent Rugs

There’s no reason color has to stop where the wall ends. Add a bit of flare with a smartly-colored accent rug.

An accent rug is just the burst of color that a neutral room needs without the long term commitment of installing brightly colored carpet. 

Rugs are easy to adjust or clean. Just make sure that the colors in your rug complement the surrounding décor!

blog-bm-20190306-jc-licht-chicagoland-paint-green-hydrangreaBenjamin Moore: Wall: Green Hydrangea CSP-850,
Aura, Eggshell. Trim: Stoneware CSP-245, Aura, Semi-Gloss.

7. Hang Vibrant Curtains

Curtains and valances can add liveliness to plain windows, making neutral rooms come to life with beautiful colors and textures. 


8. Beautify with Plants and Greenery

Plants can instantly change the appearance of a room. Just by adding a little greenery, your neutral room becomes more lively and homey. 

You don’t have to have a green thumb, either! High-quality artificial plants add the same effect as a natural plant. 

blog-bm-20190306-jc-licht-chicagoland-paint-guilford-greenBenjamin Moore: Wall: Guilford Green HC-116, Regal Select, Matte. Trim: Chantilly Lace 
OC-65, Advance, Satin. Stairway wall & ceiling: Chantilly Lace OC-65, Regal Select, Matte.


Some of the most popular Benjamin Moore neutrals:

                                         Gray Owl. OC-52          Edgecomb Gray HC-173        Revere Pewter HC-172

                                                  OC-52                          HC-173                              HC-172


                                        Stonington Gray HC-170         Collingwood OC-28              Balboa Mist OC-27

                                                   HC-170                            OC-28                            OC-27

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Leave it to the professionals and schedule an in-home consultation with a color expert. They’ll help you choose the perfect neutrals then you can get to work adding those bright pops of color to make your home uniquely yours.  

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