In this post: Easy and budget friendly neutral living room ideas that are perfect for the winter months. Includes inspiration to up your home’s cozy factor!
When the holidays are over and the Christmas decorations are packed away, our homes can sometimes feel cold and bare. When I decorate for Christmas, my philosophy is the more color, the better. Not so in the winter. During the winter months I crave a calm and soothing vibe. This can be easily achieved by using neutrals throughout our main living space, which is our living room. Read on for my best neutral living room ideas.
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Neutral Living Room Ideas
The first place I start is with pillows and throws. My newest source for super affordable pillow covers is the website H&M. I have ordered several sets of pillow covers and I have loved them all. They are very well made and the fabrics are rich and hefty. It’s wasn’t even a splurge when I ordered three new sets right after Christmas!
I chose a set in linen, one in velvet, and one in a jute pattern. I can mix and match them anywhere in our home. They instantly added texture to the space and provided a serene sense of calm. The eye travels around the room easily, moving from one neutral piece to another.
I got an Amazon gift card for Christmas and it was burning a hole in my pocket, so to speak. I used part of it to buy two new ivory throw blankets for my ladder. They have a quiet design that adds texture without adding color. Plus I love that they are soft and fluffy.
Living Room Ideas: Natural Elements
After the pillow and throws, I turned my attention to natural elements…and that meant flowers. I picked up a bunch of roses at the grocery and paired them with boxwood from my yard.
By using the boxwood as filler, I was able to make a dozen roses stretch to fill three pitchers. One trick that I use quite a bit is layering several pieces on a tray to make one cohesive item. It also helps to stagger the sizes of the vessels. If the pitchers were spread around the room in three different places, they wouldn’t have the impact they make all together on the coffee table. The middle sized pitcher was a Christmas gift from my son and daughter-in-law. It’s called the Milkmaid Pitcher and it’s from Farmhouse Pottery in Vermont.
The boxwood will last for weeks, so I’ll just have to replace the roses with fresh flowers to keep the arrangement going. I carried the boxwood over to the blanket ladder by hanging little wreaths with ribbon.
Living Room Ideas: Something Shiny
A great way to get home decor items that you wouldn’t normally buy yourself is to ask for them from family for Christmas. I always do this and the honest truth is that my family is grateful for the suggestions! Like most of you, I’m rather hard to buy for and they love getting me something I actually want. They gave me the ivory ceramic garden stool and I was so excited. I’ve wanted one for a long time and I think it’s perfect!
To sum things up:
- Use pillows and throws in a neutral color
- Add natural elements
- Add accessories in a neutral color (side table, lamp, wall decor, etc.)
- Gather neutral accessories together to make more of a statement (shelves, trays, etc.)
Room Ideas: Sources
blue slipper chairs | living room rug | velvet pillows on chairs | linen pillows on sofa | jute textured pillows on sofa | basket blanket ladder | blanket ladder throws | lamps on dresser (similar) | ivory ceramic garden stool | mini boxwood wreaths | tall pitcher on coffee table | tray on coffee table (similar) | lanterns on dresser no longer available
Sofa: Chloe II in Desire Pearl from Artvan.
Chairs & footstools: Elle IV in Ferrel Doe from Artvan
Some of you may agree that it can be a relief when the holidays are over. I enjoy the hustle and bustle, but I’m always glad to take a step back and slow down a bit. I hope you were inspired to add some neutral decor to your living spaces and cozy up for the winter months.
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Until next time…