1.09.2017

Room Of The Week: Three Reasons Why Using A Neutral Color Scheme Is A Good Idea

One of the more popular segments on my blog from last year that many of you seemed to enjoy were my "favorite room of the week" series. We all love to explore new ideas and glean inspiration for our own homes so this year I'll be adding tips and information to "shop the look".  I hope you'll find these posts inspiring and helpful with ideas to use in your own way in your home.


In 2017, we will be seeing a lot of neutral tones with pops of color. This beautiful chaise lounge is from the Suzanne Kasler Collection.  It's a new piece from her signature Hickory Chair line previewed at High Point Market.

This stylish, cozy area by Suzanne uses a beautiful blue hue as an accent color, allowing thoughtfully placed accessories to generate interest and echo an elegant mood. 
Do you think neutrals are boring? While there is always room for pops of color in your home, here are three reasons why I think using a neutral color scheme is a good idea...

Suzanne Kasler via Ballard Design

   Neutral Colors Show Off Furnishings and Textures

If you study rooms designed by professional decorators you'll often notice a common theme: neutral color scheme. 

The textural elements of a room are often over looked. Interior designers are schooled and excel at this textural design secret -- a neutral backdrop creates a welcoming interior when mixed with warm textures such as rough hewn wooden elements, shiny tiles, nubby linens, and brushed velvets.

For example, if walls are painted in a bright orange then the bold color takes center-stage, making any textural elements disappear into the backdrop.  This is NOT necessarily a bad thing when done properly, but it can make a room feel unwelcoming by omitting a layered, textural design.  A calm, neutral backdrop allows you to bring out some pretty bold elements into your design that generate interest and create atmosphere.  

Can you pick out the bold elements layered into the room above?

Thompson Custom Homes

You Never Grow Tired of Neutral Colors

Have you ever painted a room in a bold color? Right now my office is painted in a bold orange. I actually love it because I do have a brown glaze texture over it, but I am growing tired of it. I feel like I want something more calm. This often happens when you use a bold paint color. You grow tired of it or it begins feeling dated.
This is the best feature of neutral colors - you will never grow tired of them. They're timeless. Neutral will always be a classic. If the mood strikes you and you decide you need some vibrant hues in your life, then you simply add new inexpensive pillows in a bold color, or buy a beautiful bouquet of bright flowers.

Suzanne Kasler

If your room is all neutral and you feel you need a pop of color, try adding colorful drapery, and repeating the color in one or two other accessories - an accent pillow, and perhaps a painting - it's all it takes. 

Think of a neutral color scheme as an investment, allowing you to avoid buyers remorse, ha!, and ensuring an interior design that will never grow old!

via Houzz.com

Neutral Color Scheme Works For Any Style

Whether your style is traditional, eclectic, bohemian, modern, rustic, farmhouse country - a neutral backdrop works! 

White, creme and grey neutral walls allow a room to seem larger, more airy, clean and welcoming. 

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With a neutral background, your personal tastes can come to the forefront, allowing you to show-off all of your unique design choices and personal style and not compete.  
 via Freshhome

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So there you have it, regardless of your style, a neutral color scheme shows off furnishing, textures and your personality; you never grow tired of it because it's easy and inexpensive to change; and it goes with any style, thereby creating a classic home that never gets old!  That's a good idea!

Here's how to Get A Similar Look to my Room Of The Week:


If you would like to receive a discount on this piece by ordering through me, please email me at decoratedmantel@gmail.com
I think this Bamboo-Style Accent Table from One Kings Lane would look great next to the chaise lounge to emphasize the nailhead trim; however you can easily find a cream or white accent table similar to the one used in my Room Of The Week.



When it comes to pillows, throws and artwork, have fun! Think of all the possibilities!

 




West Elm
Have a great week!

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