We all love the effortless chic of a calm, neutral space, however it’s important to note that achieving this look takes a meticulous approach. Careful consideration is necessary to ensure the space doesn’t wind up with a washed out, worn down look rather than the breezy, endless holiday feel neutral styling is famous for.
A great neutral design starts with figuring out whether you are drawn to warmer or cooler neutral tones. Generally warmer tones fall into the beige category, with cooler tones being more toward greys. However there is a great “middle ground” of “greige”, that sits somewhere in between. Once you’ve got that worked out it’s all about layering tones and textures into the space to create interest and that “lived in” look that these beautiful neutral spaces are often famous for.
With all design, but especially when you are working with neutrals, it’s important for there to be a hero item. Think a gorgeous oversized mirror, incredible art work or craft piece for the wall, bespoke coffee table or accent chair. Something that really embodies your vibe. Perhaps it could be a stunning rug (see what we did there??). This item is a great place to start and build from for your overall look and if you pick something you really love – it will go on bringing you pleasure far after the shopping dopamine hit has worn off.
Texture is especially important in a neutral space, to help the eye move from element to element and to stop the space feeling too flat. We love as many natural textural elements as possible – jutes, linens, raw timbers, rattan, leather, marble and seagrass all work beautifully.
Once you’ve got your textures worked out it’s time to consider adding touches of black, metallics and/or colour to add some depth. We are talking a carefully placed brass dish or lamp base; black curtain rods; muted sage or denim blue decor items on the coffee table to add interest. If you’re not keen on colour that’s fine, we get it, but in order for a neutral space to really come together, do consider having some black or metallic touches for the neutrals to play against. White on white on white can create a washed out look or create a clinical feel. Having a contrast will create a far more interesting space. Another option is to just go for greenery or perhaps dried arrangements which are very “in” right now. Indoor plants add their own touch of colour and nature has a plethora of options for you to choose from. So, there’s bound to be something to suit your style and colour preference.
One last important note to remember is that neutral styling is more about the tones and textures you bring to your space, rather than a specific “style” like “Hamptons” or “Boho” or “coastal”. It can incorporate elements of all of these styles, and more, tying them together by finding the common elements each style has and using these to build your neutral design from the ground up. So, if you’ve been inspired by our neutral know-how, now’s the time to go and see if you’re a beige or grey kinda person and start building your own neutral nirvana. To get you started below is a link to some of our favourite neutral rug options.