How to Style: The New Neutrals
Decorating with neutrals has always been a classic and popular choice. These days, neutrals are less about the grays and whites and more about ash browns, earthy materials, and warm beiges. Add a touch of greenery and a dash of black to add dimension and your space is pinterest-ready! Interested? Read more to find out how to create the ultra trendy neutral space of your dreams.
Make use of your natural lighting
Natural light enhances a neutral space, and brings a change to the color and feel of a room each hour. To maximize your natural light, look at placing mirrors near larger or darker furniture to reflect the light from outdoors and avoid dark corners. Be sure to open your drapes fully each day, and if you need privacy, opt for sheer linen or voile curtains to let the light in but keep prying eyes out.
Create interest with a mix of textures
When decorating with a neutral color scheme, texture is key. Bring a space to life by adding shearling, different fabrics, and a variety of materials. Whether a surface is smooth, soft, rough, or ridged, light will bounce off the bumps and curves creating highlights and shadows. A combination of textures will make a space feel tactile and welcoming, instead of flat and one-dimensional. If you have a lot of smooth textures, think about adding a sofa with a boucle fabric. If your space is already full of textures, add a smooth sleek surface.
Think outside the box
Square-arm sofas and boxy accent chairs have had their day and the trend-setters are all moving towards all things curvy. Sloped, curved and asymmetrical furniture rose to popularity in the 70s, and the soft silhouette is getting a major comeback story 50 years later in an ultra modern way. Bring graceful lines into your design with a curved sofa, lounge chair or ottoman. Bonus points if you choose trendy upholstery like bouclé or faux shearling.
Look at creative contrasts
A neutral color scheme works best when layering different color tones and textures. When styling your space, keep an eye on the tones to make sure there’s enough contrast for the eye to distinguish between different layers and to avoid things looking too bland or similar. You can also add highlights of a darker color, metal accent or plants to create a bright focal point.
Don’t be afraid of White!
Had your eye on a white sofa or lounge chair but worried about the maintenance? Fear not! With developments in stain resistant fabrics, waterproofing sprays and the right care, white furniture can last as long as any other! White furniture adds a sleek and cozy feeling to a space, whilst feeling luxurious and sophisticated.