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decorating neutral spaces

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.

neutral bedroom with ottomans bhg


Stone and metal surfaces are another element to consider including, and woven or natural materials bring additional texture to a mostly neutral bedroom. 

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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.

neutral bedroom with pattern



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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.


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