Decorating with…neutrals!

Home Heart Harmony Decorating with neutrals

It’s been a while since I wrote a ‘Decorating with…’ post but I’ve seen so many gorgeous neutral rooms on the internet of late, I was inspired! I must admit, I have always been fond of using colour in our home so a neutral scheme is not something I would necessarily have considered. However, it’s always interesting how tastes change over the years and having researched this post, I could really get carried away with a neutral room scheme and it’s making me re-think my entire home! Gah!

We don’t really have any neutral spaces around here (although I suppose our entrance way is pretty neutral…

Our entryway is really our only neutral space

Our entryway is really our only neutral space

I think the key is to layer your textures and materials so that you don’t finish up with anything too one-dimensional. Using wood (of various types), wicker, fabrics, wallpapers, carpets and rugs can all add such personality to a neutral scheme, it is really amazing. Here are some of my favourites on the web at the moment…

This living room from Thrifty and Chic is a neutrals masterpiece. I love the fluffy neutral carpet layered with an even fluffier rug complete with white-painted wooden panelling on one wall to add texture. The darker wood tones in the area behind the sofa add some interest and depth while the pale curtains are floaty and perfectly light against the darker curtain poles. I could definitely live with this!

This bedroom from Carol Reed Interiors shows us how to do luxury neutral. The gold accents in the chandelier, picture frames and mirror along with the mirrored bedside furniture and oversized lamps are so classy and elegant. The patterned rug and bedding teamed with natural wooden floors give it a less formal edge making this neutral sanctuary inviting and warm which, let’s face it, is exactly what we want from our bedroom at the end of a long day!

I know I have shared this living area from Thrifty Decor Chick with you before but it is such a great example of how to make a neutral space work, I couldn’t possibly leave it out! The white panelled walls against the neutral paint colour are my favourite thing about this space. The panelling adds such a lot of character. Layered with the patterned rug, the wicker accessories, the painted wood of the sideboard and fireplace (just visible on the right) along with a few little pops of red, it is just perfection.

 This kitchen diner has a more formal tone and uses cream leather, dark wood tones, floor tiles and painted cabinets to balance the scheme. I love the subtle addition of metallic and black painted picture frames which add some interest while maintaining the sleekness of the overall look. The open plan layout lends itself perfectly to a neutral scheme which can be carried through from kitchen to living area equally effectively.

This gorgeous living room from The Turqoise Home uses slightly greyer tones mixed with patterned curtains and rug to achieve a light and airy space which feels both relaxing and calm. The grey-stained wood of the sideboard along with the white panelling and fireplace balance one another and I love the use of the grey leather arm chair opposite the pale fabric sofa which vary the seating and provide additional extra textures. (It’s worth checking out the before and after via the link on this one.)

So, what are your thoughts on neutral? As I said, I’ve always been a ‘colour all the way’ kind of girl but these spaces have seriously made me re-think my stance and I may have to work up to making some neutral changes around here at some point!

Why not visit my previous ‘Decorating with…’ posts here (Duck Egg), here (Pink) and here (Grey/Gray) for more inspiration or click on the ‘Decorating with…’ link in the ‘categories’.

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