Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Zhushing Neutral

Anyone who has studied fung sui knows how important our surroundings are to our mental health.  We need to feel comfortable in our homes.  Surrounding yourself with beautiful things you love will allow you to feel happy walking in to your door each night, knowing that whatever you may have experienced during the day, all is now well.


Making your interiors fit your style is a process.  Don't get frustrated that everything isn't perfect or completely in place.  Don't fret if you can't afford big fancy furniture.  All that matters is that your home expresses you and your family.  Today I am sharing 2 great ways to add life in a room of neutral interiors.  I realize that most people don't feel comfortable buying bold-colored furniture.  Typically individuals buy the "safer" options, going with a color palette of browns, grays, blacks and whites.  I completely understand the rationale behind this train of thought.  But how can we add an element of intrigue to a neutral space?  First, through patterned or colored accessories, like pillows or table lamps.






Another great way to add a little pizzazz to a natural color palette is through combining different materials to add texture.  For example, these white iron chairs juxtaposed against wood panel walls and floor and a rich brown upholstered couch add such an unexpected intrigue to the room.


Painted brick mantle wall + sleek modern chair with metal arms + wood floors 

Lucite table + brown wicker chairs + wood floors + traditional light fixture

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Happy Wednesday, lovelies!

24 comments:

  1. While I love all of these images, the last one just has to be my favorite. I'm a big fan of adding texture to a room as well and of course pops of color + new patterns. I have to admit I'm totally the "safe" shopper, but glad to see that there is hope for me! xo

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  2. Absolutely stunning.... I don't think I'll ever get tired of zebra print in design!

    XX Kathryn

    http://lacoquettedelamode.wordpress.com/

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  3. So beautiful, I absolutely love an all white space ..that's true luxury.

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  4. yaay HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!! Love the different spaces!!

    <3Amanda
    feast.fashion.faves

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  5. Such beautiful spaces, really makes me want to re-decorate!
    km-iamyou.blogspot.com
    x.

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  6. Great post! Love every single image and you are so right about pops of color!

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  7. Gorgeous post! I'm really in love with the House Beautiful image- those drapes are beautiful in that room! xo

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  8. What beautiful spaces -- and great tips!

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  9. I love these tips! Thanks Sam!

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  10. Wonderful tips! Obsessed with the bedroom images.

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  11. Love these tips! And the photos are gorgeous. What do you think about things hanging above one's bed. I feel like people are either REALLY into it, or there is nothing there. What do you think?!

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  12. couldn't agree more about making your home your happy place. after a long day of work, it gives me so much comfort knowing i am coming home to a place that is totally me :)

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  13. I love that lucite table in the last picture- another great roundup! I can't wait to decorate my own place.

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  14. I think the great thing about patterned pillows is you can completely change the look of a room with relatively little expense. Great advice!

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  15. Thanks for this! So relevant for me right now. I need all the pointers I can get!

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  16. I love the patterned pillows. Texture+pattern are perfect to make a home interesting and inviting-great advice!

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  17. This is a great idea. My paint colors are usually neutral, but I use a lot of animal prints. I love the way they use hints of color in each photo.

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  18. Such a great collection of rooms! I would love any one of those in my home!

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  19. I LOVE THIS POST!
    thank you for this!
    xx

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  20. I am all about neutrals. I absolutely love the images you chose and how great is that last one! Wow! P.S. did you get into Blogfest? It's now sold out!

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  21. Wow! Loving these neutral spaces with pops of color and pattern! Great post!

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  22. Such a fab post! (and not just b/c I love the title ;) ) really well thought out, cause it's so true about coming home to a house that expresses who you are beautifully, it makes such a difference. Great tips!

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