I get tons of emails from my amazing reader asking where to start transforming their rooms to a neutral color palette. Wow! What a smart and big and overwhelming question! I went from a very traditional 18th century looking rooms to neutral and it was more of a journey than once-and-done! Actually, I am still on the road to creating neutral space. Even if you are not going neutral these tips will apply to any new style you are thinking about creating! So here a few great tips for adding neutrals to your room!
Today on Decorating Tips and Tricks we are talking about NEUTRAL ROOMS DONE RIGHT. Perfect for today’s post! They really go hand in hand! Tons and tons of great tips and advice!
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For me, decorating with neutrals is an easy and economical and restful way to style my home! The great thing about decorating with neutrals is that they are classics. And as styles change or I tire of what I have I can add color to my neutral decor that will make it look fresh and fabulous!
START A “NEUTRAL” PINTEREST BOARD
This gorgeous neutral family room is from a fabulous blog called Bless’er House. And I found it on Pinterest. This room uses lots of soft neutrals for a warm and cozy cottage/coastal look. I put it on my “DECORATE MY HOME” where you can find a plethora of neutral inspiration. Creating a Pinterest board of your favorite neutral rooms will go a long way in defining what your neutral style really is!
This gorgeous room has a much more classic, upscale look. But it’s also a neutral room! This room makes me weak in the knees!
PAINT YOUR WALLS A NEUTRAL COLOR
I think the quickest way to bring a room an updated, fresh look is to paint the walls with a pretty neutral. Something light and airy.
So if you are ready for a change, get out those paintbrushes and get painting!
The walls here at StoneGable are Sonnet (a wonderful soft beige/greige that works with almost anything!) and Simply White. I love love love simply white! It is the freshest (I know I’m using that work a lot in this post, but it suites) white I’ve found. Soft, but definitely a white! I think I might like to paint a whole house Simply White!
CHANGE THE LARGEST PIECE OF FURNITURE IN A ROOM TO NEUTRAL
I know this might be an investment, but it will go the farthest to achieving that neutral look we all just love! When I changed out my yellow sofa for a soft flax colored sofa it made a huge, huge difference in my whole room! I had to save and look and make the best decision I could! But when the sofa came I was THRILLED! I could really see my neutral room shaping up!
Look at the two Pinterest images above and my living room. Our sofas are all neutral. This one thing will really start you on your way to the neutral room you love!
Slipcover or reupholster a sofa you already have and love. Slipcovering is less expensive and is so on trend right now. Reupholstering can often cost more than buying new so be careful to know what you are getting when it comes to reupholstering!
The sofa in my family room is slipcovered and has a nice tailored, yet casual look.
Of course, the other option is to purchase a sofa. This might not be a quick fix but it is one worth saving for!
My sofa in the living room is also a soft neutral flax and was an investment piece. I got it before anything else I purchased to go from a yellow and green living room to a neutral one! And it was worth every single penny!
If you are thinking about purchasing a new sofa you might want to listen to Decorating Tips And Tricks episode 16, SOFA 101. You can listen below. It’s full of helpful advice and such a funny story!!!!!
Let’s not forget bedrooms. A great quilt or bedspread in a neutral color will go a long way to giving your room a neutral look.
All the “bedspreads”, quilts and duvets in my five bedrooms are white. They make every room look fresh and airy!
For the Gable room, I mixed the white bedspread and euro shams with soft caramel and white bedding in a casual check and stripe combination. Perfect for a cozy bedroom, right?
PAINT A PIECE OF FURNITURE
This is by far the most economical way to begin transitioning to a neutral room! A paintbrush is your magic wand! Learn to use it. There are hundreds of blog posts and youtube videos to give you step-by-step instructions for painting furniture! It is really easy and addictive!
Here is a post about THE MAGIC OF PAINT. It is full of ideas and advice on how to get started painting furniture. And lots of examples of furniture I’ve painted too!
I love Amy Howard’s youtube videos. You can buy her chalk paint at Ace hardware and start creating your own neutral furnishings!
You can see her gorgeous and informative videos HERE!
And here’s one my biggest transformations… changing my mahogany 18th-century chairs from Ethan Allen to a neutral painted chair with new neutral fabric seats. The image on the left shows the finished chair and the four images on the right show the process. You can get a look at the pastel plaid fabric that was on the chairs. What a HUGE difference!
And you can see I was in the process of transforming this room from a pastel 18th-century traditional dining room.
Here’s how it looks today…
ADD A NEUTRAL RUG
This is neutral decor 101! If you are transitioning a room, the easiest way to add neutrals to it is to cover large spaces with it! And the most economical and on trend way to do that is with a neutral and natural rug!
Think jute and sisal for a rug. Even if you have wall to wall carpeting, put a neutral rug OVER what you have. Layering carpeting is so popular right now!
Look at this great rug layering…
This image was found on Pinterest! It’s amazing what you can find that is a great example of the style you might want to create!
Here in my Gable guest bedroom I added a large white rug over my hardwood flooring. It made such a huge difference!
Replace, cover and paint! Those are the main buzzwords when you want to bring neutrals into a room! It is not an overnight thing but a journey. And you will love your room more and more at every step!
If you’ve been wanting to change a room or two or even your whole house start now! You won’t regret it!
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