Jessica Alba's living room is a haven of 'new neutrals' – experts say these 'quiet luxury' colors will be a big trend for 2024

These nature-inspired hues pack a decorative punch when it comes to creating a sophisticated scheme that is cool, calm and collected

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Warm, luxurious, and elegant, neutral tones of taupe, sand, and gray are some of the key colors celebrated by Jessica Alba in her family home – and this carefully curated living room is proof of the versatility of these incredible 'quiet luxury' colors.

In a world where everything at times feels fast-paced and chaotic, more and more people, similarly to Jessica Alba, are turning to quieter color palettes to create a sense of calm and stillness. However, while they may seem like a safe choice, decorating with quiet neutrals can be tricky to get right, but with some interior design know-how, gentle color palettes are the epitome of the quiet luxury trend

Decorating with new neutrals, inspired by colors from nature, adds a gentle and soothing touch to interiors that can be layered with textures and tones to ebb and flow with the seasons. 

'I love the calmness that you create when you have a neutral palette in a room, especially if you wish to replicate the quiet luxury aesthetic', says interior designer Tamsin Johnson.' But this choice definitely doesn’t have to mean boring: you can create an interesting and exciting space by layering different tones, such as off-whites and beige, then introducing a range of caramels and even accents of black.'

The power of a neutral color palette to add warmth and elegance to a room should not be underestimated. When decorating with neutrals a key element is the importance of layering with textures and tonal shades. 

Quiet luxury color schemes do not always have to mean beige. Instead, try accents of brown to warm up a quiet luxury living room

Reminiscent of velvety cocoa, a mid-brown taupe is a striking color if you want to achieve a quiet luxury look that isn't devoid of color. Depending on the furniture and accent colors introduced alongside, it has the flexibility to range from looking neat and tailored to soft and welcoming. There is just something oh so luxurious and classic about decorating with brown, and taupe in particular is a designer and celebrity favorite. 

‘For me, neutrals such as taupe are grounding wall and floor colors,' says Henriette Von Stockhausen, creative director, of VSP Interiors. 'It’s important to remember that sometimes a classic interior is just the ticket: calm colors, gentle schemes, traditional furniture, and antiques – no pattern clashes, no huge color pops, just comfort and a quiet space to relax in.' 

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Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.