Tips for Subtly Incorporating Color into your Home

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Contemporary interior decor will typically avoid the stark, minimalist and contrasting color themes found in modern home interiors. Instead, to achieve the look of a contemporary home, it is important to infuse areas with furnishings that are neutral with pops of color. A contemporary home is all about family comfort with a good mix of both soft and hard surfaces that include cushioned seating, textured rugs, plenty of lighting options and a combination of smooth flooring using wood, tile or vinyl.

Consider neutral tones for walls and major furniture groups, then start bringing colors together with accent pieces like pillows, art and tile flooring. Adding color to a plain room will change the entire dynamics of your home and the right accent colored tile can turn a neutral interior into a visually exciting experience.

How to add color to a neutral room with floor patterns

Both modern and contemporary homes need a variety of materials and textures to prevent the interior from looking too sterile and boring. One of the best ways for adding subtle color to a beige room is to consider tile patterns and textures that can accomplish many design goals all at once. The right tile color and pattern can make a room look bigger or create a focal point.

Here are some ways to add color to a neutral room and change the room’s dynamics with pops of color from your tile selection:

  • Choose large-scale tile patterns to make a big impression.
  • Solid colored tile with no pattern gives the illusion of a larger space.
  • Light-colored tile can give a small area an airy and light feel.
  • Dark-colored tile can add depth and shape to a neutral room.

Consider using Standard Tile’s room visualizer to virtually test color palettes for the bathroom, kitchen, or other living spaces.

Tips on how to add accent colors to a room

Any home interior can benefit from accent colors that add energy and style to a room, including Victorian, ranch, Colonial or Craftsman-style homes. The easiest way to add natural colors is by incorporating natural elements into the home, like plants and stacked stone ledger panels for accent walls, fireplace surrounds and backsplashes.

Use your family photographs to create wall photo galleries or choose colorful wall art to create art groupings that add style and a focal point for the room. Finally, you can start bringing colors together or contrasting neutral with pops of color with the accent furnishings such as table and standing lamps, sofa pillows and throws, area rugs, stone accent wall, bookcase or credenza, table linen and modern lighting fixtures, track lighting, and wall accent lighting.

A great way to mix neutral with pops of color is with a tile that is of a bright, but tasteful color. For example, if your living room has whites and beiges, you can tile the wall behind your television with a pop of emerald green or navy blue. Keeping the colors jewel toned immediately adds a touch of elegance. 

It is also quite stylish to incorporate a mix of architectural materials that can inject vitality into boring rooms. Metal ceilings, ceramic or stone flooring, glass panels, granite countertops and textured concrete fireplace surrounds are all options to consider instead of wood.


  • Bring color into neutral rooms with bold accent pieces like pillows, art and tile flooring.
  • The right tile color and pattern can make a room look bigger or create a focal point.
  • Use different materials to infuse neutral with pops of color and texture.

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