Neutral Rooms That Wow
Beige needn't be bland. Three designers share their expert tips for creating neutral interiors that are relaxing, subtle and sophisticated.
By: Jeanine Hays
From paint colors to furnishings, neutral rooms are anything but boring. These rooms by top interior designers showcase the beauty of neutral spaces. Designers Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry of Pulp Design Studios, Vanessa DeLeon and Sandra Espinet give their tips on creating neutral interiors that really wow. Image courtesy of Pulp Design Studios, photographer: Kevin Dotolo
Don't Be Afraid to Go Gray
Add Excitement With Texture
Pump Up Neutral Hues
To avoid a monochromatic color scheme, designer Vanessa Deleon advises bumping the color of your wall up or down one shade on the color wheel to create a 3-D effect. "On a wall, use a lighter color on top and a darker color on the bottom. The two shades maintain the neutral palette and create contrast." Image courtesy of Vanessa DeLeon Associates, photographer: Steven Michael Garey Photography
Accessorize With Metallics
Every room needs a little bit of bling. By using unique finishes like tile, or wallpaper infused with textured beading, neutral shades can feel very glamorous. Vanessa's tip: Bring in bits of color with gold leafing, copper and gold. Image courtesy of Vanessa DeLeon Associates, photographer: Steven Michael Garey Photography
Find Natural Inspiration
Though nature boasts dramatic shades of every color, the environment's neutral hues can also inspire. Create rooms with a natural and sophisticated feel by blending subtle shades of cream and brown. Image courtesy of Sandra Espinet.
Layer It On
"Different combinations of fabrics are very important if you are going to go all neutral in a room. A textured rug, silk pillows, even in the same cream tone, will look different. Mixing the same color in different textures creates a unique feel," says Sandra Espinet. Image courtesy of Sandra Espinet
Highlight the Details
A neutral is the perfect backdrop for all the special details in your space — whether an art collection or pieces from world travels. Sandra's tip: Accessories and furnishings can speak volumes. A backdrop that is neutral helps those pieces stand out. Image courtesy of Sandra Espinet