Whites and neutral decor is such a classic. In the past several years it seems to have resurrected itself and this classic has become a white hot trend… pun intended! When we think neutrals we should not just think “white”. Neutrals run from black to browns to taupes and beige and gray and bone and ivory and whites and everything in between! We all love the calm and uncluttered look of neutrals working together and the clean serene feel it gives us! Neutrals are anything but boring… if done right! There are a few easy to follow rules for keeping neutral decor compelling and interesting and beautiful! Here are 6 of the best ways to mix neutrals in decor…
When decorating with neutrals, texture becomes the most important element! Texture is the key to keeping things interesting and different. Nubby, soft, fluffy, basket weave, shiny, rough, gritty , bumpy, wooly, tone-on-tone patterns…
Mixing textures keeps neutrals from looking flat.
Great shapes and architectural detail get noticed in a neutral color palate and they can really bring a room to life. Opt for interesting shapes when choosing case pieces, chairs, and carpets. Pick great details like carved wood or fun patterns.
Don’t… I repeat… DON’T use all one color. There are hundreds of shades and hues of neutrals that play so nicely together! Use lots of neutrals!!!
Don’t get sucked into all white decor or you room just might look like a painter was let loose with a spray gun full of “painter’s grade white” paint! WAY TOO BORING! White done right has lots of varied and subtle neutral hues.
Size becomes important in a neutral room. It’s okay to to bring in a big piece that may be a little out of scale. I think big trappings in a neutral room adds a whole lot of much needed design significance. A large hutch or bookcase looks great in a neutral room. Or how about a big, oversized vase of flowers!
5. POP OF COLOR
Who doesn’t love a big pop of color in a neutral room! It just seem to bring it to life! When adding a color to a neutral room, use it in several decor elements around the room OR en mass in one great and fabulous piece.
Who doesn’t love a little drama! A little black is like magic in neutral decor! It seems to wake it up and the room become instantly more noticeable! Give it a try… you will love love love it!
With these 6 easy tips under your decor belt you are well on your way to decorating with whites and neutrals and doing it fabulously!!!
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