Whites and neutral decor is such a classic. In the past several years decorating with neutrals 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
Now let’s talk about decorating with neutrals. Make sure you think about the following…
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 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, and carpets. Pick great details like carved wood or fun patterns.
- round mirrors and round coffee tables
- interesting metal open bookshelves
- arched windows and arched frames
- patterns on furnishings and fabrics
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 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.
It’s amazing to see just how many different colors and hues go into great neutral decor!
My best tip when thinking about neutral of hues is to either make your room mostly cool neutral hues or warm. A little bit of both in a room won’t hurt but you should definitely pick either cool or warm! As you can probably tell I like warm neutral hues… with a little cool thrown in.
Size becomes 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. A large hutch or bookcase looks great in a neutral room. Or how about a big, oversized vase of flowers!
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 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 not just right but fabulously!!!
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