Neutral house tour - relaxed living room
Image sourced from: Johan Nell Spin

Love neutrals, but have kids or pets? While neutral colours often get a bad rap when it comes to family homes, decorating with lighter tones isn’t just reserved for singles and empty nesters. Families can enjoy the calming palette too without fear of creating a boring interior or being invaded by unsightly marks and fingerprints.


A neutral colour palette has many positives

There are many positives to using neutrals as the base for your family home:

  • It provides you with the versatility to cultivate any style you choose from contemporary to vintage;
  • A neutral decorated interior can feel less busy, which is a welcome feeling when you have little people;
  • Homes in this colour palette are timeless and will never go out of vogue;
  • It’s easy to accessorise and add personal touches or update seasonally without the need to re-decorate the entire interior.

This three-bedroom family apartment in Stockholm shows just how appealing a neutral colour palette can be for young families too. With a brief for natural materials and tones, the clients wanted a cosy interior for their family. 

The design team at Moodhouse dressed the interior with whites, taupes and greys. By layering natural materials, they’ve managed to make the spaces more dynamic and child friendly.


The following house tour images sourced from: Johan Nell Spin

Family apartment in neutral tones


Neutral house tour tv wall and unit


Neutral house tour reading nook behind the sofa


Neutral house tour - bedroom


Neutral house tour - family play area


Neutral home tour - family dining


Neutral house tour - simple accessories for interest


Making a neutral colour palette work

To avoid your interior looking drab with stark white walls and matching carpets throughout, layer your space with textures and neutral tones to create just the right level of interest. 

Here’s some tips on making a neutral colour palette work in your family home:

  1. Work with a range of neutral tones in the same colour family to allow you to play with different moods in each room, but keep your spaces feeling unified.
  2. Choose one accent colour like a black or blue to add a subtle contrast.
  3. Layer natural materials like timbers, leather, linen, cork or wool into your interior through furniture and accessories to add a richness.
  4. Choose your neutrals wisely, especially in an interior for little kids. A grey or taupe sofa would be much more practical than one upholstered in white linen.
Neutral, soft grey sofa for the family home
Urban Rhythm's Bianca sofa in a soft grey fabric for a low fuss look


Neutrals are one of the best colour palettes to use as a foundation for any interior as they allow for your creative touch to add accents and layer the space with your family’s personality.



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