Houzz modern neutral living room feature

I’m usually drawn to rooms with lots of color in them.  So I was surprised when this very neutral-toned room stopped me in my tracks.  Featured on Houzz, it is sepia colored, like an old photograph.  It combines neutral tones of brown, gray, black, white, and gold with interesting layers and textures for a clean, modern aesthetic.

Houzz modern neutral living room

When the words “neutral” and “modern” are used to describe decor, I tend to think of a place that’s cold, sterile, and uninviting.  But this room is just the opposite of that!  Lots of texture and all of those gorgeous pillows make this space look warm and welcoming. And that rug–wow!

Modern living room get the look

Does this look like the kind of living room you’d like to curl up in for an evening at home?  Then you’re in luck!  I’ve found five ways for you to get a high-style look like this for low-budget prices.   

Modern living room collage

 1.  Invisible Floating Shelves

The Simply Living Blog diy invisible floating shelves

Books become art when they seem to be stacked impossibly high against a wall.  Find out how to make your own invisible shelving system at The Simply Living Blog.

2. Industrial Style Coffee Table

SAS Interiors diy industrial metal wood coffee table

Weathered wood and metal combine to make a simple, elegant coffee table.  SAS Interiors shares a tutorial for turning a thrifted glass coffee table into the one in my inspiration photo.

3.  Black and White Herringbone Rug

Wool and Flax diy painted black white herringbone rug

The stunning geometric pattern of the rug in my inspiration photo totally makes this room.  Guess what?  You can make this!  Find out how at Wool and Flax.

4.  Gold Dot Pillow

Perfectly Imperfect painted gold dot pillow
diy gold painted dot pillow

Perfectly Imperfect painted a white pillow with gold dots, getting a look very much like one of the pretty pillows in the neutral room I found.

5.  Tripod Floor Lamp

Knock Off Decor diy tripod floor lamp
vintage tripod floor lamp diy

These vintage tripod lamps could cost you a pretty penny if you buy them retail.  Keep your eyes open for thrifted tripods, and you can make one of your own, like this one at Knock Off Decor.

Are neutral colors your thing, or do you like more pigmented shades?  Is this a room you could imagine in your own space?  Do you think you could enjoy having a patterned rug as bold as the one in my inspiration room?

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