Not everything needs to be a statement piece, and it’s natural to want to work some basics into your decor. But basics don’t have to be boring — in fact, they shouldn’t be! And as you add to your collection, you should be able to mix and match with ease, without feeling like a pop of color or a muted tone in the mix will throw the whole vibe off. So stock up on vases, candle holders, bowls and trays in these three mixable materials that play well together — and work equally well apart.

1. White Marble

Marble is the new neutral, and it has been for a while now. This durable material is an instant classic and goes with all types of modern styles, and the opaque finish helps you hide things you don’t need the world to see, like car keys in a bowl or three-day-old plant water in a vase. Plus, what could possibly be more Instagram-friendly than a cheeseboard on a white marble tray?

2. Transparent Glass

Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose. Transparent items work with absolutely everything, and are a lifesaver if you need something to be functional without sacrificing precious visual real estate. If you’re going for a minimalist look, feel free to deck out your whole space with all-clear everything. And even if you’re not, a transparent glass piece here or there is a sound investment for literally any decor style (see above re: working with absolutely everything).

3. Tinted Glass

Here’s where we can have some fun with it. Bring some visual interest with tints of amber, navy, or smoky gray—all in a versatile translucent glass material. These colors make a pretty statement on their own, but are also muted enough to layer in cohesively with neutral elements, all while still bringing a little extra something to the table. Go for fully tinted pieces or ones with an ombré clear-to-color effect to achieve slightly different looks.

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