Funny thing about neutrals. They're really growing on me. I've been seeing tons of romantic, organic, industrial, neutral rooms. As you know, I love a neutral scheme with white floors. I'm so addicted to color, I can't imagine that I would ever go totally neutral, but these rooms are intriguing. Here are a few of the keys to a successful neutral room: organic objects; tons of textures; a mix of materials like glass, concrete, steel, wood; large amounts of white. I also adore pops of silver, gray and even lavender in a neutral scheme. Here are some great examples. Hope you enjoy!
Annaleenas Hem. Love the light fixture.
Peter Margonelli. A neutral room can be very mysterious.
Agent Bauer.Amanda McLauchlan.
Here is a trend that's been around for a while, but doesn't show any signs of slowing down. Nor should it. The black accent wall. It's incredibly chic. I adore this beautiful bedroom. It's slick, romantic, sophisticated. I love the combination of wood with clean lines, pretty bedding and retro lighting. A stunning achievement. Image via the boo and the boy.Desire to Inspire. Love the pale gray and white.
Love the bed in the alcove. By keeping the walls, bedding and drapery white the look is airy. Also aiding in keeping the room airy is the fact the curtains are hung low, letting in the natural light. I think this would be a wonderful place to rest during a gentle rain storm. Image source unknown.Retro Villa.
Here's a look you know I love. A pop of pink - provided by the chair - in an otherwise neutral scheme. Proving, once again, that pink is not just a girly color and can be used in a thoroughly modern way.
Swoon. Love these acrylic chairs! A successful neutral scheme incorporates lots of different materials. A neutral room can easily be too dark. Using acrylic or glass is a smart way to keep a room airy. Above two images Roger Davies.
Love the pottery, the furry pillow and that funky lamp! The skull art, well not so much. Above two images Studio KO.
How cool is this kitchen! Love the black walls and the white counters and cabinetry. Looks so clean and modern. Not usually a fan of the cuckoo clock, but spray painted white, it pops against the black walls. (Hint to a great reader who wants to incorporate rustic and cowboy elements in a modern scheme - make an art installation. Spray paint unusual elements white and float them on a colorful wall for a pop. Remember to go big!) Image via Lovenordic Design Blog.
I love the shape of these Moroccan-inspired hanging lamps! It's a great idea to use a glass table in a neutral space. It takes up little visual weight. And notice how this table doesn't have stuff piled on it, this shows off the beautiful wood floor. Image via VoK Design Group.vtwonen.
This beautiful, cozy room works because of the variety of textures (I hope the bedspread is faux). Image via Design Crisis. What about you, dear readers? See any ideas you'd like to incorporate in your home this Fall? I don't imagine I will ever quit using color, but there are some ideas here that I'm going to use.