Neutral Here, Neutral There….Neutral, Neutral Everywhere!

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.

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 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!

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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!

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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.

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  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!

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 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.

Ahhh….The Decadence of Chocolate

ImageChocolate, 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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

Be Different….Be Unexpected! Unusual elements to add to your living room decor

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.