Kelly Wearstler explains how she uses neutrals in interior design


Famous for her dramatic contemporary projects – often designed with pops of bold color – and, of course, her collaboration with Farrow & Ball, Los Angeles-based interior designer Kelly Wearstler is also fond of neutral interiors.

“A totally neutral room can still be inspiring and have depth,” she said, speaking exclusively to H&G. Below, Kelly reveals how she uses neutrals in her interior design projects. So, if you’re looking for neutral room ideas – or just tips on decorating with neutrals, following these expert tips will ensure a level of professional success.

1. Consider the texture first

Living room by interior designer Kelly Wearstler

(Image credit: Kelly Wearstler)

Whether you’re looking for neutral living room ideas or taking inspiration from transitional spaces, “It’s really important that you take texture into account, whether it’s a pattern, such as a jacquard weave in it. a fabric, or by mixing textures, like a matt wall but a very shiny paint on the ceiling, ”explains Kelly Wearstler.

“These elements help create an interest that will make the monochromatic neutral piece sing. “

2. Add a touch of energy for impact

Dining room in Kelly Wearstler's house

(Image credit: Kelly Wearstler)

“If someone wants a very calming room, I would say to stay completely in the neutral world with a more monochrome look,” says Kelly.

“However, if you want a touch of energy, add an amazing piece of art or a colorful rug to create interest and personality.”

3. Make sure the lighting is perfect

Pink / red dining room by interior designer Kelly Wearstler

(Image credit: Kelly Wearstler)

“Lighting is really important when choosing your neutrals,” advises Kelly Wearstler.

“If a space gets a lot of natural light, I tend to go for lighter neutrals and take advantage of the lovely shade that will come in throughout the day, creating another layer of texture.

“In rooms with limited natural light it’s naturally darker, so darker neutrals can be really effective.”

4. Bring neutrals into the bathroom

Black bathroom with patterned floor and plants

(Image credit: Future / Colin Poole)

“A lot of rooms are fine with the neutral look, but since neutrals are so relaxing, I especially like a neutral monochrome design for a master bathroom. It will be very fresh, clean and balanced, ”advises Kelly.

5. Know where to buy neutrals

Living room in Kelly Wearstler's house

(Image credit: Kelly Wearstler / The Ingalls)

Below, Kelly shares her sources: