Designer Amber Lewis (amberinteriordesign.com) goes floor-to-ceiling white in this smart kitchen. Classic marble serves as the backsplash. The perfect paint? Lewis swears by Dunn-Edwards White DEW380 for both cabinetry and walls. Subdue the white-out with natural leather chairs.
Go neutral with a nature-inspired palette. Earthy accessories bring warmth to the stark white walls of this living room. The natural side table balances the mid-century chair. A white leather pouf adds additional seating, while a draped sheepskin keeps the room cozy. On the rug, a collection of brown stripes work a simple pattern into the room.
White bathrooms just feel cleaner. From the tub platform to the countertops, this master bath stylishly leaves color at the door. The designers of our 2014 Idea House dressed the room in classic subway tile. A buff motif on the concrete-tiled floor pulls its sandy shade from the white oak vanity.
Creamy white covers the expanse of this vaulted bedroom. Complement the neutrals with one bright color. Here, burnt orange stripes on the linen coverlet pop with the shade of the chair. High ceilings and blank walls give a weightless quality to the room. Ebony hardware brings the pale room back down to earth.
Snowy seating provides a blank canvas for patterned pillows. If neutral’s the goal, don’t get crazy with brights. Stick to quieter tones. Going neutral doesn’t have to mean boring walls. Search for colorless art such as these oversized geometric prints.
A white-painted fireplace makes a bold statement. Stacked wood looks gorgeous on the white brick. This space may be neutral but unique shapes and elements make it one of the most vibrant rooms in the house.
Neutrals provide the perfect blank space to layer on personality. Crazy colors don’t distract from the luscious materials used in this living space. The terrarium and sheepskin feel modern rather than kitschy because of the beige, white, and grey backdrops.
Are you a victim of the sterile white apartment wall? If that’s the case, introduce pattern with a tone-on-tone statement. These adhesive decals give an instant Southwest vibe. Mur (www.wallsbymur.com), based out of Salt Lake City, sells the large triangles along with various other shapes and colors. The nude motif adds excitement to an otherwise bland room.
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Neutrals in a bedroom create an ideal dream space. Sleeping on white puffy clouds is the goal, right? Choose lightweight fabric to drape from a high canopy bed. Top the look off with brown bohemian accessories.
Off-white walls can absorb a lot of art without looking chaotic. Case in point: a rotating gallery of pencil drawings, prints, and objects—all devoid of color. The blank canvas even allowed for a favorite collection on top of the antique French work bench.
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Navy as neutral
This eat-in kitchen’s patterned, indigo pillows may seem out of character for a home dominated by a neutral palette. But we don't look at it that way. In the way that blue denim jeans are a nearly-neutral staple in one's wardrobe, the nautical hue can work as a neutral in a room.
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Keep a room cohesive by sticking to one palette for virtually everything: brown, beige, or another warm neutral.
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A light touch with wood
Avoid overwhelming a space with a lot of wood, as it makes the room look heavy. Instead, keep in mind the balance of surfaces. Leather, woven baskets, even mirrors are can be go-to mixers.
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Textiles over coverlets, sheepskins on chairs, Moroccan rugs over jute—break up the field of beige with other textures and shades so the eye is never bored. When you do accent with color, aim for textiles that have an off-white or chocolate base so the look is seamless.
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A neutral palette can seem dull without a touch of gloss. Gold and brass can act like jewelry for a room. Nowhere is this more literal than in this dining room, where a tiered chandelier by Melissa Joy Manning hangs a statement piece.