Pump up neutral hues. To avoid a monochromatic color scheme, bump the color of your wall up or down one shade on the color wheel to create a 3-D effect.

Beige needn't be bland. Create neutral interiors that are relaxing, subtle and sophisticated.
    
Pump up neutral hues. To avoid a monochromatic color scheme, bump the color of your wall up or down one shade on the color wheel to create a 3-D effect. On a wall, use a lighter color on top and a darker color on the bottom. The two shades maintain the neutral palette and create contrast.
    
Accessorize with metallics. Every room needs a little bit of bling. By using unique finishes like tile, or wallpaper infused with textured beading, neutral shades can feel very glamorous. Bring in bits of color with gold leafing, copper and gold.
    
Find natural inspiration. Though nature boasts dramatic shades of every color, the environment's neutral hues can also inspire. Create rooms with a natural and sophisticated feel by blending subtle shades of cream and brown.
    
Layer it on. Different combinations of fabrics are important if you go all neutral in a room. A textured rug, silk pillows, even in the same cream tone, will look different. Mixing the same color in different textures creates a great feel.
    
Highlight the details. A neutral is the perfect backdrop for all the details in your space, whether an art collection or pieces from world travels.
    
Add excitement with texture. A serene paint palette can be brought to life with a mixture of texture and metallic finishes.
    
Go gray! Gray is a go-to neutral for interior designers. "My favorite neutral without a doubt is gray. You can go either cool or warm with it and can contrast any color against it," says Beth Dotolo of Pulp Design Studios in Dallas.
    
Courtesy Jeanine Hays of Aphrochic on hgtv.com