Decorating with neutrals is such a decor classic. A gorgeous neutral palette is a joy to live in and plays nicely with any color added to it! Today let’s talk about doing neutrals right!
Personally, I am a huge fan of living with neutral colors! You might even think I don’t like color. Nothing could be further from the truth! I adore color! I work with color all day long. So here’s the real truth. It’s just so easy living with neutrals!
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
Now let’s talk about decorating with neutrals. Make sure you think about the following…
A NEUTRAL ROOM NEEDS TEXTURE
When decorating with neutrals, texture becomes your best friend! It is the most important element to keep in mind! Texture is the key to keeping things interesting and different.
Nubby, soft, fluffy, basketweave, shiny, rough, gritty, bumpy, wooly, tone-on-tone patterns are all perfect for a neutral home.
Mixing textures keep neutrals from looking flat.
Here are a few ways to add lots of texture to neutral decor…
- natural fiber rugs
- nubby pillows and throws
- texture on furniture
- linen/burlap and patterned curtains
- hand tuffted rugs
Great shapes and architectural detail get noticed in a neutral color palette and they can really bring a room to life. Opt for interesting shapes when choosing case pieces, chairs, sofa, and carpets. Pick great wood pieces or interesting tone on tone patterns or metal details!
- interesting detailing
- arched windows and arched frames
- patterns on furnishings and fabrics
- mixing shapes
MANY SHADES AND HUES MAKE NEUTRALS SHINE
There are hundreds of shades and tints of neutrals that play so nicely together! Use lots of neutrals!!!
Don’t get sucked into all white decor or your 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.
We painted our walls at Tanglewood white. Although we love Benjamin Moore’s Sonnet (sight) a beautiful soft white better suited our new home!
Living with white walls is amazing! My home is light and bright and the pretty white walls work with our neutral furniture!
It’s amazing to see just how many different colors and hues go into great neutral decor!
BEST TIPS FOR DECORATING WITH NEUTRALS
Most colors are either cool or warm. Warm color has undertones of yellow, orange or red. And cool color has undertones of green, blue or purple.
Even white most often has undertones that make it warm or cool! Interesting, right!?
My best tip when thinking about decorating with neutral is to choose to decorate a room with either cool or warm tones.
The Tanglewood house is filled with warm neutrals! I LOVE soft caramel, honey, bone, and warm white! If you like gray decor then you probably like cooler tones!
A little bit of both warm or cool tones in a room won’t hurt but any room should be predominately one or the other! Even in the rooms at Tanglewood and StoneGalbe, I added a little cool toned neutrals for a bit of interest!
BREAK THIS ONE RULE
Furniture size can become important in a neutral room. It’s okay 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 and visual weight. A large hutch or bookcase looks great in a neutral room. Or how about a big, oversized vase of flowers!
Here at Tanglewood, we added a low profile neutral sectional to our small sunroom! This little room houses the tv so when family comes and we want to watch a movie together the sunroom is where it happens!
Because of our neutral color palette we could add a bigger sectional to the sunroom!
POP OF COLOR
Who doesn’t love a big pop of color in a neutral room! It just seems to bring a room to life! When adding a color to a neutral room, use it in several other things around the room OR en mass in one great and fabulous piece.
For this summer I’ve decided to go colorful in my neutral bedroom! I can’t wait to show you the gorgeous and fun color I’m adding!!!
ADD A BIT OF DRAMA TO A NEUTRAL ROOM
Who doesn’t love a little drama! A little bit of a darker neutrals works to ground a light and airy neutral room. It seems to wake it up and the room becomes 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 not just right but fabulously!!!
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