There are tons of neutrals out there, but most of us only decorate with a few of them. We rely on tried-and-true favorites, like crisp whites, sleek blacks, soft grays, and warm browns. Other equally pretty neutrals—like almond—get left behind.
What Is Almond?
Almond is a buttery shade of light brown. It’s weightier than ivory, rosier than beige, and lighter than tan.
“Almond is neutral, yet it reads as a color because of its saturation level,” Kristin Bartone, creative director and principal designer at Bartone Interiors, says. Thanks to its visual weight, almond can be a great way to add depth to a décor scheme, and thanks to its versatility as a neutral, it can play well with just about any other color. This makes almond a particularly useful shade to have in your palette if you’ve never tried decorating with it before.
Of course, any time you’re trying out a new color, it pays to have a little inspiration on hand. Ahead, we rounded up 19 of the most striking almond rooms we could find—and we’ve zeroed in on an almond décor idea worth stealing from each of them.
Meet the Expert
- Kristin Bartone is the creative director and principal designer at Bartone Interiors, a North Carolina-based interior design firm.
- Nancy Charbonneau is the principal designer and CEO of Charbonneau Interiors, a Texas-based interior design firm.
Use Almond as Your Base Color
Almond is an incredibly versatile color, and since it’s pretty easy on the eyes, it’s the kind of shade you can fill a room with. Stock up on almond furniture, ground your space with an almond rug, hang almond art on your walls—or do all three at the same time. Since almond is neutral, it should play well with most other colors, and since it’s particularly subtle, you can use a lot of it without overwhelming your space.
Snag a Bold Piece
No home is complete without at least a couple of statement-makers. And while many showstoppers are brightly colored or boldly patterned, yours doesn’t have to be. Instead, you can snag a sculptural piece in a soft neutral, like almond. If it’s relatively large like a couch, it’ll demand plenty of attention in any room.
Let Your Palette Envelop the Room
Many colors are tough to decorate from wall to wall, but almond is a pretty gentle option. If you want to go all-in, do it. Cover your walls with the color. Then, if you want to take things a step further, bring the room together with a little almond furniture.
"I love the color almond because it strikes that balance between neutrality and warmth," Nancy Charbonneau, the principal designer and CEO of Charbonneau Interiors, says. "I often use almond tones when it comes to paint selections, and gravitate toward them because of how they play beautifully with both natural sunlight and accent color statements."
Cozy Up an Otherwise-Sleek Space
Sleek spaces tend to be dominated by crisp whites and slick blacks. But, if you want your space to feel a little softer and more welcoming, consider bringing in a warm neutral, like almond. A plush almond rug will cozy up even the sleekest tiled floors and give your smooth plastic chairs a comfortable place to rest.
Cluster Similar Tones
When you’ve stocked up on several pieces that fall within the same palette, your instinct may be to spread them around your home. After all, isn’t that how you craft a balanced interior?
Asymmetry can be just as fun to play with, and by clustering all those pieces in the same spot, you can craft an accent wall entirely out of accessories—giving the pieces more visual weight than they’d otherwise have.
Take a Break From All-White-Everything
All-white everything is a popular palette. And it’s not hard to see why—the color scheme is crisp, clean, and easy to pull off. But, if you’re craving something a little more dynamic, consider adding a few almond accessories to your space.
The neutral will warm up your palette without totally disrupting it, giving you a décor scheme that feels varied but cohesive.
Balance Out a Bolder Color
Decorating with bold colors can be a lot of fun, but they rarely stand on their own. Usually, they’ll need a softer shade to balance them out—and that’s exactly where almond comes in.
The warm neutral is heavier than white, but not as dark as black, so it’s an easy shade to pair with striking colors. Use almond to soften out a vibrant shade, warm up a little one, or add contrast to a darker one.
Add a Pop of Warmth to Your Bathroom
Bathrooms tend to be clean, white-filled spaces. If you’re looking to warm yours up, consider bringing almond into the mix. Add an almond bath stool, hang a little almond art, or if you don’t mind the effort of a full-blown renovation, cover your floors with almond tiles.
Monochromatic interiors know how to make a statement, but no one said that statement had to be loud. So, if you’re looking for a gentler way to dress up your space, consider filling it with a subtler color like almond.
The warm neutral can fill every inch of a room without overwhelming the eye, and since you can play with lighter and darker shades of the color, there’s still plenty of room for contrast.
Opt for a Subtler Take on the Accent Wall
When many of us hear the term “accent wall,” we envision vibrant colors or bold patterns. But, there are plenty of subtler ways to tackle the trend.
By painting one of your walls almond, you can make your space feel more dynamic without distracting from what you’ve already curated. And since the gentle color plays just as well with lighter colors as it does with darker ones, you can rest assured knowing it should make an easy addition to your space.
Play With Saturation
When decorating with any color, remember that you have saturation to play with. There isn’t just one almond out there. In fact, there’s a whole range of almonds out there—some more saturated and some less saturated. This knowledge can give you access to an even more diverse range of shades, allowing you to vary your palette in subtler ways.
"The biggest mistake I see people make is going with an 'all neutral' interior that doesn’t vary in color intensity," Bartone says. "You can successfully pull off a beautiful all-neutral room if you include a variety of neutral hues, vary the intensity of each color, and include a variety of textures. You absolutely need all three to make it work."
Warm Up the Room With Wallpaper
Paint is only one way to dress up your walls. Wallpaper is another—and it’s a particularly great option for those who love texture, print, and pattern.
Of course, bold wallpaper can easily dominate a space, so if you want to warm up a room without completely changing it, look for options in softer, more neutral colors like almond.
Use Art to Ground Your Space
Art can be a great way to add visual weight to your walls. Though it’s often colorful, it certainly doesn’t have to be. Neutral pieces can look just as striking, especially when rendered on a darker-than-white background. Hang an almond art piece on your wall—you might be surprised by how bold it feels once it’s there.
Color-Coordinate Your Statement-Makers
Almond is a pretty subtle color, so it can easily blend into your space—or even disappear inside it—when used in small doses. If you’re looking for ways to pump up the volume on your almond palette, consider placing the color in a few high-profile places within the same room.
Cover your walls in the shade, hang an almond chandelier, and ground your space with an almond rug. Each of these items should be eye-catching enough to draw attention, and color-coordinating them is a surefire way to make sure your almond palette gets noticed.
Pair Almond With Off-Almond
Almond promises to play well with just about every color imaginable, but if you’re looking for a particularly striking combination, consider pairing it with a color that’s just slightly different from it—like sand, honey, or white oak.
These colors tend to be about as saturated as almond but their yellow undertones make them just different enough to add contrast, drawing the eye without making your space feel any less subtle or versatile.
Look for Ways to Create Balance
Balance plays a key role in any space, but in rooms dominated by just two colors, it can become a particularly striking design element. If your otherwise all-white living room boasts a couple almond accent chairs, those chairs are going to demand a lot of attention.
Hanging some almond décor on the wall opposite them can help balance out their impact. By sprinkling almond pieces here and there, you can round out your space, keeping focus evenly distributed across all of it.
Load Up on Neutrals
Since almond is so versatile, it can be tempting to force a pairing with a bolder color. After all, not doing so would be a missed opportunity—right? But the truth is, almond looks just as great with subtler shades as it does with more vibrant ones.
If you find yourself drawn to neutrals, load up. Pair almond with dark browns, crisp whites, soft grays, and sleek blacks. There are tons of different neutrals to play with, so your space can be exactly as varied—or monochromatic—as you want it to be.
Play With Texture
When decorating with softer shades, it can be tough to find opportunities to add contrast. But, remember that color isn’t the only thing you can play with here—texture is also an option. Mix and match pieces crafted from different materials. Smooth wood, braided jute, and textured linen will add ample contrast to your space—even if they’re rendered in the same color.
"I do think it's important to then prioritize texture," Charbonneau says. "When sourcing almond furnishings, search for textures and textiles that draw your senses in. That makes you really want to cozy up in this neutral."
Add Visual Weight Wherever You Need It
If your space doesn’t feel completely finished and you can’t figure out why, it may be in need of a little visual weight. This is a common problem in almost all-white spaces, or in rooms where the floors are much darker than the ceilings.
A couple of accent pieces can go a long way. Since almond is such a subtle neutral, it’s a great pick for these moments. Simply hang an almond light fixture, toss an almond blanket on your bed, or put out a couple of almond throw pillows. You'll have have all the visual weight you need.