Written on March 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm , by Kate
I’ve decorated my master bedroom in a mostly neutral palette over the years, sometimes changing out a few of the accents and even painting the walls a different hue, but I’ve found that decorating with neutral shades of gray and off white adds to its serenity and my personal comfort. Last year, I wrote about decorating living spaces in neutral palettes but today the focus is on the bedroom, and a closer look what happens when smart design choices combine to create a soothing retreat.
Texture is an important element in any space, especially a neutral one, and it can be layered in several ways around a room. Notice how in this elegant feminine bedroom, a capiz shell chandelier brings subtle shimmer and the boxy lambs wool ottomans add soft and cozy feeling.
Stone and metal surfaces are another element to consider including, and woven or natural materials bring additional texture to a mostly neutral bedroom.
Pattern plays a beneficial role and mixing them up is easy when you stick with those that are complementary, such as the pale celedon zebra, Ikat, and botanical patterns combined in this relaxing retreat.
Subtle floral, toile, damask, and jacquard prints are more traditional fabrics that also work well together when their motifs are tone on tone.
To up the level of sophistication in a neutral bedroom space, balance the lighter choices with a calculated dose of contrast. Dark wood tones, glossy black surfaces, and deep chocolate tones (like the ones seen in the grasscloth wallpaper below) are all elements to incorporate or repeat around the room in a pleasing combination.
Monochromatic layering with metallics is yet another smart design trick – here the gray linens and painted walls partner beautifully with the silver leaf and chrome finishes reflected on the writing desk, light fixtures, and accessories.
There is no rule that dictates all painted finishes should match, in fact blending cream and white tones brings a welcome layered feeling and avoids the matchy matchy look.
One of the benefits of a mostly neutral bedroom is the ease of changing accent colors when the mood arises. Layer small doses of color in the form of window panels, pillow shams, and throw blankets and repeat that singular hue around the room.
How do you decorate your bedroom space? Is yours a purely neutral palette? How do you add color, pattern, or texture in a pleasing combination in your bedroom retreat?
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