February 15, 2012

Let me know when you all get tired of me yapping about neutral spaces but look at this show stopper!  Yes, it’s all creams and browns but texture and pattern abound.  First of all… I never would have guessed that a narrow stripe like this would hold up being run horizontally.  I think the small foyer takes this pattern well, the stripe widens the room (there is already plenty of height).  The dark table and light mirror are the perfect choices for contrast.  The dark of the wood creates punctuation and the light is the perfect pop.  Neutral rooms do well with extra texture and pattern, that’s why I love the wall to wall seagrass.  

Here’s one for all of you “not so neutral” types.  This neutral palette is given a jolt of color in the accent pillow – and easy change out, the lead edge od the drapery panels – a bit more of a commitment, and the edging on the sisal rug – a significant commitment.  I point this out because when you’re adding an accent color, keep it an accent by not over doing it and by using it in places that it’s easily changed if you decide to change your look – flowers, pillows, candles, etc.  If you need/want more visual interest but want to keep the big pieces neutral try the designer secret weapon… contrast welt and banded skirt.  It adds detail and interest without adding color.  Favorite item in this room: Bamboo curtain rod! So beautiful.

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