Written on April 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm , by Kate
When decorating our homes, so many of us fall back on neutrals and for various reasons. Some consider them calming, others are simply color shy or afraid to commit to bolder hues. However, neutrals need not be bland nor labeled safe. On the contrary, restrained neutrals can be pleasing and tranquil in a space when certain elements are present. Here are eight ways to add interest to your neutral spaces at home..
Clever Contrast. Mixing dark woods with light furnishings and walls tends to brings out the best in each other. The darks seem richer and the whites feel brighter with deliberate contrast on display.
Play With Pattern. This neutral living room offers timeless appeal with its soft painted molding and elegant furnishings. The large scale pattern of the rug and tone on tone striped panels add interest without screaming for attention.
With a neutral palette, you’re free to mix large scale pattern, such as the modern zebra on the accent chair, against a smaller scale such as the delicate floral in the window panels.
Layer the Textures. The intentional use of organic texture in the form of stone, wood, and woven shades transforms this neutral room into an inviting one.
Combining a capiz shell chandelier with woven rattan chairs adds textural interest to this neutral dining room.
Mix Your Metallics. There are no rules anymore when it comes to mixing metallic sheens. Bronzes and burnished silver play well together just as easily as champagne tones pair with classic shades of gold.
Vary the Seating. Avoid matching furniture sets and instead choose pieces in different shapes that are upholstered in similar fabrics for a pulled together look.
Increase the Elegance. Gray is a cool neutral that when paired with warm cream translates into a sophisticated serene space. Clean lines contribute to this tailored yet relaxing retreat.
Caramel and cream are equally as sophisticated in this neutral bedroom balanced with luxurious fabrics and rich wood tones.
Accent with Color. These otherwise neutral gathering spaces come to life with soft color in the form of decorative throw pillows and other home accessories.
Go Deep. When we hear the the word “neutral”, paler shades often come to mind, however espresso and milk chocolate are also neutrals too. The choice to use deeper tones adds richness to these dramatic neutral spaces.
Opting for neutral furnishings and walls is always a wise choice – simply add layers of texture, hints of color, and chic fabrics, and you’re on your way to a relaxing retreat that will please for years to come.
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