For several months now, there has been a distinct trend towards a neutral design esthetic. At first I wasn’t too crazy about it but over time the clean minimalism started to appeal to me. The palette is white, cream, gray and black with textural and natural elements playing very important roles. Here’s how to achieve the look in your own home, room by room (see above for examples).
Living Room: (1) Cream Slipcovered Sofa; (2) Leather Chair and Ottoman; (3) Jute Rug with a Smaller Rug Layered on Top; (4) Live Plants and Flowers.
Office: (1) Wood and Metal Desk; (2) Gray Upholstered Desk Chair; (3) Black Framed Bulletin Board; (4) Shelves and Baskets for Books and Magazines.
Kitchen: (1) Gray Cabinets with White Subway Tile Backsplash; (2) Butcher Block Counters; (3) White Ironstone Dishes; (4) Pots of Fresh Herbs.
Bedroom: (1) Luxurious White Bedding; (2) Rattan Blinds; (3) Sheepskin Rug; (4) Soft Lighting and Scented Candles.
Bathroom: (1) Cream Walls with White Wainscoting; (2) Fluffy White Towels; (3) Baskets and Glass Containers for Storage; (4) Gallery Wall with Mirrors.
This neutral color scheme creates a soothing, hygge-like environment and the wicker, wood and greenery bring in the textural, natural elements. Lighting becomes very important in this scheme. Every room should have lights that can be dimmed or brightened depending on the time of day and your activities. We like Phillips Hue lights which can mimic standard, halogen or fluorescent bulbs or be set to passing clouds, skylights or antique lighting.
While this combination may only appeal to a specific audience, color can easily be added through pillows, rugs, art, flowers, candles and tchotchkes. This is also an easy scheme to change out seasonally with a pop of color – yellow for Spring, turquoise for Summer, coral for Fall and crimson for Winter. Now is the perfect time to re-group and re-decorate or just lie on the couch and dream about it!
Resources: Jute rugs, baskets, white dishes and candles (Hollyhocks on Main); Phillips Hue Lighting System (Amazon or Lowe’s); colorful art, pillows, rugs and Tchotchkes (Hollyhocks on Main).