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.

Make Your Dining Room Dinner Worthy!

Does your dining table look like this?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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