Organic shapes and straight lines meet in this mix of mid-century pieces and modern build-in furniture, pulled together with a clean white palette.

Creating a stylish and cohesive look with a neutral colour palette may seem daunting, but this minimalist apartment shows how it’s done with perfection. While working within the limits of a neutral colour scheme, this interior designer has skillfully added pops of colour, texture, and eye-catching decor pieces to keep things visually interesting. The result is a serene and sophisticated living space that feels warm and inviting.

Nicholas’ old sofa was re-upholstered in grey fabric to match the custom-made carpet and the rest of the neutral colour scheme.
Nicholas’ old sofa was re-upholstered in grey fabric to match the custom-made carpet and the rest of the neutral colour scheme.

Neutral colour palette home

The living room of this minimalist apartment epitomizes the neutral colour palette look, decked out in muted white and pale grey tones. However, vibrancy is injected through colourful accents like the rug and blue throw pillows. This cheerful burst of pigment amidst the neutral tones prevents the room from feeling drab or monotonous.

Sticking to a neutral colour scheme doesn’t mean sacrificing visual interest. A variety of textures, from the nubby upholstery fabric to the sleek wood floors, creates depth and layers in this open concept living space. Curved lines from the mid-century modern chairs intermingle with the clean, straight edges of the built-in shelving for an eye-catching meets between retro and contemporary design.

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This white study room is far from boring, with an ottoman designed by German-born uber-designer Mies van der Rohe and statement bookshelf holding two of Nicholas’ retro Roberts radios.
This white study room is far from boring, with an ottoman designed by German-born uber-designer Mies van der Rohe and statement bookshelf holding two of Nicholas’ retro Roberts radios.

Designer furniture collection

Organic, asymmetrical decor pieces pull focus and add an artful quality to the neutral colour palette backdrop. The amorphous glass pendant light is a prime example – its unique, free-flowing shape draws the eye despite its simple white shade. Likewise, the Barcelona ottoman designed by Mies van der Rohe makes a sculptural statement with its curved form.

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The master bedroom feels even more spacious after Karina replaced the bathroom door with a glass sliding door.
The master bedroom feels even more spacious after Karina replaced the bathroom door with a glass sliding door.

Opulent travertine bathroom

While the main living areas channel brightness with their pale neutral tones, the bathroom feels opulent and moody with its deeper earth-toned travertine surfaces. Luxurious materials like the tan travertine floors and marble-clad shower walls imbue the small space with a rich, old-world ambience fitting for a roman bath. Even working within this darker neutral colour palette, textures like the pitted travertine add depth and dimension.

For a sense of opulence, luxurious materials like marble and glass were used in the bathroom. Travertine marble adds a classic air to the small shower, making it feel like a roman bath. The pitted marble was smoothed out for the floors.
For a sense of opulence, luxurious materials like marble and glass were used in the bathroom. Travertine marble adds a classic air to the small shower, making it feel like a roman bath. The pitted marble was smoothed out for the floors.

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