The New Year is the perfect time for new beginnings – and it’s only natural to want to refresh your home as well as your outlook as you make a renewed start in 2019. When our designers think of a clean slate, neutrals are what naturally comes to mind. Here are a few of their insights into how to make neutral interiors clean, sophisticated and comfortable – all at the same time. Which, we think, is the perfect backdrop for whatever adventures the New Year brings our way!
Neutral is not boring. Make no mistake about it, neutral should never mean bland. Our designers like to pair tailored but comfortable upholstered pieces with more edgy, even raw, accents like this Point Reyes cocktail table from Hooker Furniture. This contrast in both texture and style adds interest while maintaining a sophisticated neutral palette.
Strong shapes. In a neutral palette, you’re relying on each piece to carry a hefty amount of design weight. Strong architectural shapes, like this dynamic Amani Spot ascent table from Hooker Furniture, deliver just the right amount of gravitas and stylistic punch.
Break Tradition. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to neutrals to completely update the feel of a room. Take a traditional leather piece like this Gosford chair from WCL Upholstery and lighten it up with a neutral leather. Add a plush rug in a complementary tone and a few lighter accessories to complete the refreshed look without changing the main pieces in the space.
Floor your guests. Our designer layer neutrals for a sophisticated vibe – so why not start from the ground up? The foundation of any room is your rug, and we like pieces that are playful and plush like this Tangier rug from Capel to add an entirely different level of style to your interiors.
Glam it up. Art and accessories play a key role in updating your space – particularly if you are trying to refresh a room without replacing everything. Our designers suggest adding a touch of glam with a dramatic metallic or glass piece to create drama while keeping a calm color scheme. (Their pick? Vida Modern Gold Wall Art from Uttermost because it pairs so well with white accessories like those shown here!)
Whether you are replacing key pieces or refreshing accessories, the designers at West Coast Living resolve to help you make a fresh start in your home for the New Year!