Believe it or not we live, eat, breathe and think color every day. It is all around us. It is in the color of the leaves, the color of our cars, our clothes and in the sky. Yet when it comes to decorating our homes, we get stumped and don’t know which direction to go in so we end up with a bland room that lacks the WOW factor.
How to work with neutrals in your room.
All to often, I meet clients who say they want to add color to their rooms, but when I present to them the color presentation, they get nervous and opt to go with beige. Now, I don’t necessarily hate the color beige, but it do find it to be the “safe” color choice for my clients and I know that for builders, “builder’s beige” is the next cheapest paint color to white.
So if you’re stuck on beige, whether it’s because it’s the safe choice or maybe because you are a renter and are not allowed to paint your walls, let’s explore how we can make beige a little more exciting and add a splash of color to your rooms.
Here in this living room the right amount of orange to give this neutral living room the right splash of color. You can use any color in your room, the secret is not to go overboard with your choices. Two pillows, a bouquet of flowers on the mantel and side table was enough for this living room to stand out!
Have you thought about utilizing two neutral colors in one room? If not, try gray and beige. Two very neutral colors, but together complement each other nicely with just the slight amount of contrast. The navy blue sectional and print ottoman provides the color in the room without it being overbearing!
Here’s another blending of neutrals, ice blue walls and beige furniture. Two neutrals that complement each other as well as provide a feeling of calm in this living room.
Sometimes, a neutral wall color is just right when you have bold furniture. In this room, the beige walls are the right backdrop for this living room that screams Green! A bold sunburst mirror along with bright green lamps and wing backed chairs is a nice companion to the neutral walls and enough for family and friends to say….WOW!
What goes great with beige…brown!! The bold brown screen behind the sofa takes away from the neutral walls and furniture and adds a bit of drama to this living room.
Chocolate, who doesn’t love it? For me, my favorites are rich dark chocolate brownies (yum, yum) and Hershey Kisses. I can’t get enough! Chocolate has a taste like no other. Your cravings for chocolate can drive you wild. Mmmm, my mouth is salivating!!
Now, chocolate as a color provides a warmth, richness and balance to any room. It represents wood with its rich tones and nourishing energy. Chocolate rooms will give your space a sense of coziness and intimacy.
Let’s explore the beauty of chocolate rooms that will have you craving for more!
Who says that your ceiling have to be white! How about painting a layer of chocolate on those ceilings to give your room an overall warmth without having the room feel too small or dark. Make sure you accent the ceiling with bright white moldings for a sharp contrast.
If your room looked like this, would you want to get out of the bed every day? Not me! Chocolate mixed with this rich medium blue adds luxury and charm to this bedroom. Two colors that represent natural elements, wood and water, contribute to this calming and soothing bedroom. A tufted custom headboard with wall sconces along with a crystal chandelier accents the richness of this chocolate in this room…..yummy!
Want to make a splash with contrast. White accents or furniture will always give you a sharp contrast in any room, especially when mixed with chocolate. The rich darkness of the chocolate along with the sharpness of the bright white will make your room stand out….always!
Highlight the chocolate with some green….lime green! Take your living room to the next level with this subtle but powerful punch of color. The lime green adds the right amount of color to this living room without becoming overbearing.
Take traditional to a whole new level with a modern twist of color and style. Tufted upholstered dining chairs in a bright red with red table accents adds to the decadence of this dining room. Rich, dark and luxurious…just the way it is meant for chocolate.
Does your dining table look like this?
Clutter on top of clutter with paper, bills, magazines, etc. What happened to the dining table and how did it become a “catch-all” for everything other than dining? Well, now is the time to get your dining room in order and get it dinner worthy.
If neutrals are your color of choice, don’t fret, you can jazz up a neutral space with the right touches of texture to excite the hungry. A sisal area rug and wicker chairs add the right amount of elegance to this dining room. Top the table with yellow candles along with some natural elements and you have the right amount of color to this dining room.
Take a modern approach to your dining room, Neutral walls, dark furnishings and white leather dining chairs. Always layer your window treatments with both blinds and curtain panels or with sheers and curtain panels for an added touch of elegance!
Maybe sleek and elegant is more your style. The use of clean lines and glass make this dining room spacious and classy. Neutral wall tones aids in the clean lines along with the glass dining table to give the room a very spacious appeal.
Add a little spice to your dining room….orange spice that is! Again, neutral wall tones allows your eyes to focus on the orange chairs. Natural woods tones prevents wood tone clashes with the dark wood dining table and the legs of the chairs. Always top your table with either candles, a fresh bouquet of floors or both.
Contemporary living can be both comfortable and elegant. Contemporary design, a more relaxed feel than traditional, still gives you a stylish look with slight ornamentation. This dining room boasts dark wood tones along with neutral wall tones. An ornamental iron chandelier adds the right amount of class to a refreshing dining room.
Traditional with a modern twist. How great would it be to come home to dinner in this room? Neutral wall tones with white accents aids in the airy and spacious feel in this room. Gold colored window treatments adds the right amount of color to the room. This room is highlighted by the moldings on the walls and ceiling.
I recently attended a wedding of a good friend and the color theme for this wedding was white, yellow and royal blue. The wedding bouquet was absolutely gorgeous and as I sat there enjoying this wonderful day for my friend and his bride, I couldn’t help but think about how wonderful a room designed in these three colors would look.
Blue is a color is we all associate with, whether it’s a beautiful blue sky, the ocean and the calming sense we feel with the color blue. Just as the color yellow makes is feel joyous, excited and who doesn’t feel good when you look up and see and feel the warm rays of the sun.
The combination of the two colors, cool and warm can make for a very vivid and fun living space.
There are few things more fulfilling than decorating your home to suit your own personal tastes. When it comes to your own relaxation, taking the time to add a romantic touch to your bedroom can be a very rewarding experience for you and your partner. This is the room where the “magic” happens, so let’s take a look and see what you can do to set the mood and light the spark.
Nothing adds more flair to a bed than a canopy; a shear white fabric that hangs like gossamer threads and catches the glow from the moon. Now that’s a way to light up your room with a virginal promise about to be broken.
If that all seems a little too minimalist and sterile, then perhaps a more modern take is what you should try; headboards are no longer just plain wooden book-ends, they now come in striking shapes and glorious patterns and colors, which can allow them to be the regal centerpiece of your bedroom space. This headboard by Tina Mellino add the right touch for a romantic bedroom setting!
Another dramatic design statement is the four poster bed, with its ornately carved posts, each design more stunning than the next. Susan Hollis picked this elegantly designed headboard for this bedroom. But if you would rather have a more straightforward design to your posts, then adding a canopy as Barry Dixon did in this bedroom. The fabric framed over the top can provide a touch of class and elegance, whilst also providing a splash of color, depending which way you decide to go with the canopy; plain and simple, or patterned and daring.
If you are mostly happy with the current design of your space, but want to make a subtle change, then making upgrades in the lighting can do just that. The muted glow from a bedside lamp can completely change the original coloring and look of your room with the simple flick of a switch. Alternatively, adding a dimmer setting to your existing lighting can transform the room into whichever mood you want to set for the evening.
Whether you decide to go for subtleness or grand, make sure your bedroom is a reflection of who you are and your personal taste! Make sure it is a room you can’t wait to come home to!
However you use your living room, whether it’s a place where the family gets together to watch TV, place games or whether it is a show piece for your friends and family to admire, stand out from the ordinary and be different with elements you will not normally find in a typical living room décor.
As we see in the picture below, Designer Jonathan Adler uses the most unusual items in this living room to create a room that is out of the ordinary.
Items such as a life-size ceramic dog and a bronze palm tree to name a few all blend together well to create a unique but livable living room. There are more unusual elements in this living room, can you spot them?
Got sheep…? Surrealist sculptor François-Xavier Lalanne created these sheep ottomans. Up against the green carpeting and sofa, you have the feeling as if you are grazing in the meadow. What other animals would you add to this living room? If there is sheep, I think there should be a couple of cows…..
LOOK UP!!! The sky is falling…NOT! But interest is created by adding artwork to the ceiling. Designer Nina Seirafi does just that by adding this sculpture to the ceiling. Not only does she add visual interest, but she treats the ceiling as the fifth wall.
Here’s a clever way to teach your children the periodic table….make a coffee table out of it. This coffee table is created by The Element Collection/Element Displays. If you had this in your home, do you think your children would love you or hate you for it? But regardless of how they fell, it is an interesting piece of furniture and sure to stir up conversation!, don’t you think?
And lastly, for my automobile enthusiastic, how about bringing your car into your living room? Designers Andrzej Sapierzyski and Lukasz Siódmok created these interesting sofas made from car parts. Hmmm….looks like a corvette.
Specializing in residential design, Aishah Coleman enjoys helping people bring their vision to life. Aishah’s work spans many areas of design, as she has conceptualized everything from single rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, to entire single and two family homes.
Aishah has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and is a Certified Interior Decorator. Aishah has over 18 years of experience in the design & construction industry. Her dedication and experience in the industry has translated to careful attention to all aspects of the design and construction process which benefits her clients. She guides all of the projects from inception to completion.
Aishah started AC Design & Development Corp. on the belief that the customers’ needs are of the utmost importance. The entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of business is from repeat customers and referrals.