This dramatic foyer is nothing but neutral and everything gorgeous. Do you see the variety in texture that makes everything so vital? The eye moves from the shiny floor to the nubby floral, the rough table legs and the matte white walls. It even circles again to figure out the white on white arranged sculpture on the table. The floor colors, black, tobacco and white are repeated in the room elements, the hand chair (far left), the console and sculpture. Even the black door provides contrast against the white wall.
May your holidays be wonderful,
with all your favorite people and
all your favorite things.
White cabinets, white floor are always great. The excitement is the emerald granite and the green and white glass backsplash. The famous kitchen of ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ was a white wonder that has been copied any number of times.
This conversation circle is neutral and the art is the focal point. So we hope the conversation is lively.
The orange pot of flowers is doing it’s magic of attracting your eye and making you smile.
The two complimentary colors are blue and orange. Everything in moderation in this room.
The ottoman in milk chocolate is balancing the picture and frame, grounding the room.
Relaxation in the bedroom is a very good thing. This bedroom is using a favorite technique when working with neutrals. With the beige walls and furniture as backdrop, add two complimentary colors for interest. Here the pale purple and yellow of the bedspread are making a beautiful statement. Don’t you just love all these great designers and neutral rooms; you might want to check back on colors and see what was so great about them. Adding pops of color are always in order, here the pink bouquet is saying ‘Hi, I love you.’
We have had three weeks on color. Let’s move on to neutrals.
Neutrals are wonderful because they they don’t fight with anyone or anything. They are content to be in the background. Not in any order of importance or relevance, here is the short list why neutrals are smart:
1. Relaxing, zen, environment
2. Unifies the room and your home (if neutrals are omnipresent)
3. Art can take center stage
This dining room is very soothing. Nothing alarming or intriguing to detract from the meal or the conversation. There is not a conversation piece, striking art or colorful wall. The neutrals allow for the pale green rustic china cabinet to dominate the room, although I believe the farm table and beamed ceiling are making an excellent contribution. The flowers are the color punch, the excitement. The focal point is the table so the flowers are placed appropriately. The chandelier does add a strong ahem.
This kitchen is an intense olive drab. Do you see how the adjectives we used in our last post apply, moody, intense and dramatic?
As far as we can see, the designer did not use any white or bright other than the chandelier. Natural light doesn’t seem to be abundant either. I don’t believe this would be everyone’s cup of tea. It still is excellent, but you have to love it to have it.
Now this kitchen (below) by Gambrel and Wearstler does use the white ceiling to offset the strong green color of the cabinetry. And that smokey blue floor is yummy. Doesn’t color just make you tired of, bored with neutrals? Well maybe not, but the blue and green combination makes my heart sing.
Strong color does not diminish a space, make if feel crowded or make you feel you are being squeezed. Strong color adds drama, adds excitement adds mood.
Always remember to work with colors you love. If you are a pastel person then strong colors don’t work for you, but if you are always drawn to strong blues and reds why not give them a try? If UPS Brown or chocolate brown turns you on every time why not give it a go?
Do you see how in this bedroom white provides the counterpoint for the chocolate walls. The ceiling, bed linens, lampshade and drapes all work to balance the strong walls.
This Cranberry or Oxblood is an intense color. There is something very relaxing about strong colors. I will give you one other and you can tell me how it makes you feel. Strong color needs to be expertly applied; there is no room for any bumps or drywall seams. The prep work as always in most any project is critically important.
Using strong color in a small room is a popular myth. It creates wonderful mood and intimacy. It does not make the room feel small when done properly. Look at this delightful dining room. Can you see what is necessary when working with dark colors? Adding lots of brights and whites. Good lighting for the room will be vital, floor, table and overheads. Dimmers make the room mood adjustable.