Emma Roberts's cozy living room is a masterclass in making cool neutrals interesting

The space embodies the transitional glamor aesthetic, turning the simple into the chic – and it's replicable in every home

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Are cool neutrals 'cool' again? Though warm neutrals like tan and beige are having a moment, it doesn't mean their bluer, grayer cousins don't still have a place in interior design discourse. Emma Roberts's living room proves we shouldn't ignore the power of these colder shades.

The actress teaches us how to decorate with neutrals in a way that's anything but boring – starting with her off-white sofa, a blue-gray carpet, a white boucle armchair, and a statement Feldman Capiz-style lamp. It is distinctly elegant but relaxed at the same time. 

This transitional glamor look gives cool neutrals a new lease on life, creating an interesting and visually appealing look.

'Emma Roberts's neutral living room is a stylish mix of glamorous and cozy,' states Carlin Van Noppen, interior designer at Fig Linens and Home. 'The plush sofa and boucle chair create a welcoming softness that contrasts with the high drama of the antique glass window and the shell lamp. The blue and gray rug brings the entire space together with a cool, intentionally designed impact.'

carlin van noppen head designer at fig linens and home
Carlin Van Noppen

Carlin Van Noppen is a Connecticut-based interior designer, and the founder of Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens boutique based in Westport. She has over 20 years of experience providing design expertise for beautiful homes, hotels, yachts, and private planes.

Experts also love the mix of modern and traditional design in Emma Roberts's living room. Whitney Tingle, interior designer at Christopher Architecture & Interiors, states: 'The architectural feature of the leaded glass window creates a timeless elegance that nods back to historical European homes, chapels, and estates. Coupled with an elegant traditional rug that has a pattern with neutral colors, it ties the leaded glass to the clean lines of an extremely neutral sofa. '

Neutral living room with pale brown sofa and dark marble fireplace

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Whitney Tingle
Whitney Tingle

Whitney Tingle is the Director of Interior Design at nationally recognized firm Christopher Architecture & Interiors. Whitney is a registered interior designer with over fourteen years of experience in both commercial and residential design. 

Whitney continues, 'All together in tandem, create a transitional style that emotes glamour and a sophisticated style.

'The main lesson to take from the space seems to be that combining styles and textures is an excellent way to make a neutral color scheme stand out. Though Emma Roberts's blue and gray living room is not the most on-trend, the variation in the space gives it a timeless appeal that transcends passing design fads.

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Emma Roberts's living room is the perfect example of making decorating with neutral hues an art. Through a combination of styles and textures, anyone can create a unique and timeless space using basic colors.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when researching trends or interior history. Sophie is an avid pop culture fan. As an H&G editor, she has interviewed the likes of Martha Stewart, Hilary Duff, and the casts of Queer Eye and Selling Sunset. Before joining Future Publishing, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and a BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.