If you have read our previous Color articles on Wedding Colors and Decorating your new Home Together – Welcome Back! We’ve included the 5 Easy Steps to Decorating your Home here in case you are just visiting our site for the first time with our Decorating with Pantone-Sand-Neutrals article. If this is your first visit to Style, Inspiration, & Design ….Welcome!
Let’s start with the first room that you should decorate when moving into your new home together! One might think to jump right in and do your home’s shared living space, your “living room” first. We recommend starting with your bedroom first and then branch out from there. Just as with our Bridesmaid Color Articles, we are working our way through the Pantone Color Chart above dedicating an article to each color.
If you have found our site doing your wedding research, then you will know why we recommend starting with your bedroom first from our previous article “5 Quick & Easy Steps to Decorating your Bedroom”, If you are looking for more thank just Bedroom decor ideas, hang tight! We have Living Room Decor ideas too further down the page in the article.
As a designer, especially when it comes to living spaces, we always suggest you check the Feng Shui rules for room color and what you should and shouldn’t do.
To get you going, start with our previous article “5 Quick & Easy Steps to Decorating Your Bedroom“ here, it’s a quick read, and will prep you for this article. There are some fabulous examples of bedroom design to inspire you before we start with your individual color preference.
First & Foremost, you’ll want to keep your main colors in the neutral tones in order to bring peace, harmony, and relaxation to your bedroom space. Add your pops of favorite color(s) in your decor accessories, accent pieces, and chotchkies. Remember to refer to Feng Shui rules as a guide if you get stuck.
It goes without saying that you need to SLEEP in your bedroom. So you don’t want to have super bright colors that keep you awake or reflect a lot of light. This does not mean you have to use all dark colors. And if you are a “color” person, it also does not mean you can’t introduce a pop of bright color in room accessories!
Sticking to the best Feng shui colors for bedrooms are neutrals starting in shades from white to dark brown.
We recommend using these in the base room decor items: Walls, Flooring, Trim, Headboard/Bed, and Window Treatments. That said, we recommend using your pops of your favorite color in “accent” colors rather than the base design of the room.
Love texture and patterns in room designs? Pairing patterned bedding with different fabrics and textures can be challenging.Remember to keep your rug in simple, neutral tones and use accessories with simple lines and similar patterns. When using rich, textured fabrics, keep the accessories simple to keep the look of the design “clean”. Accent items like pillows and bric-à-brac can have rich texture as well, but try to keep the pattern to a minimum so the look isn’t too busy. Using the above image as example, the rich texture in the bedding does not make the room look “busy” as the designer kept the room “chotchkies” to a minimum.
Keeping the bedding in a flat and muted pattern leaves room to add pattern and movement in the accessories. Using the above image from theLennox.com (love!!) as example of this advice, one can see how this works with the patterns that were added in the pillows and lampshades. Also, remember that molding (as in the above image) acts another element … even as an “accessory” in the design. Keeping the headboard and pair of bedside tables simplified in design allows for the addition of pattern in these accents. So simple and beautiful! (please visit theLennox.com for more great design ideas!!)
Keeping additional furniture pieces like the bedside table in the same material as the bed in the above image allows for the addition of the texture in the bedding accessories and chotchkies acting as the pop of decor in the room. This still keeps the look unencumbered as the floor covering and bedding base are kept in flat neutrals with no pattern.
Love neutrals but love color too? Using neutrals as your base color in your room design does not mean you can’t use bright colors too! When in doubt, Keep it simple! Try using white as you start out on your decorating journey, you’ll feel like you are taking less of a risk…Try painting your Pop of Color (in the above example – Blue) to introduce some color in your room, using neutrals as your base decor color. Using the pop of color in wall color will draw the eye into your space easily. Pick up the same neutral “base” color in the molding and bedding to tie the style of the room together.
Now here we go! Let’s start talking about Living Rooms in Neutrals too. You’re READY!
All the same rules apply… so Let’s critique this fabulous room design based on what we already know from our previous Home & Lifestyle articles.
When starting out – decorating for the first time… start with these 4 simple steps:
1. Keep the base colors flat. (no texture or print)
2. When using many different textures and fabrics together in several different pieces, choose muted, soft fabrics.
3. Keep your “pop” of color in accessories
4. Draw the eye into the room with 1 beautiful focal point pieces. In this example, the gorgeous armoire.
Keeping the look “2-toned” keeps the style unencumbered & the design contemporary. The above image illustrates how utilizing the same neutral slip covers in adjacent rooms to tie the decor in both rooms together. This also naturally draws the eye from one space into the next, thus making it “one” space and tricks the eye into making the rooms look bigger than they really are… BONUS!! 🙂 Adding gold/yellow accents in art & accessories ties the rooms together with complimentary design elements as well. Keeping the flooring simplified not only gives anchor to both spaces, but it also connects them subliminally. The simplicity of this design gives the opportunity to bring another flat pop of color to the space with the Gold accents, still keeping the look contemporary, striking to the eye, and very clean looking.
In this living room, it’s easy to see how the neutral colors are used as a base element in the decor in the wall color, soft furnishings, and woodwork. Note how the designer kept the base and the surrounding decor items in the same neutrals as we mention throughout this article. By adding accessories in the same neutral color (hue) palette from those of the base decor items, it still keeps the look very clean and inviting. Even with the introduction of bold pattern in the pillows, and chotchkies, the room design is very pulled together and does not overwhelm the eye.
To illustrate the “pattern” point further, this time, take a look at the above image. The “patterns” or “texture” in this room design is in the bookcase and the materials that are stored within. This piece of furniture draws the eye immediately into the space. The savvy interior designer added a curved back sofa to soften the space immediately. See how they chose this “functional” piece of furniture in a neutral? So clever! The design of the piece acts as an accent, and also serves as the distraction to soften the busyness of the bookcase and its contents. The curve and placement of the sofa actually brings your eye away from the bookcase back to the center of the room. LOVE IT!
Here are a few collages to see how you can create your room easily using neutrals as a base and anchor to your living room. Play it safe by using neutrals in the larger furniture pieces and add “texture” and pops of subtle color in your accent pieces. Mirror the pattern/texture between your accent pieces as illustrated in the above Style,Inspiration,&Design collage in the throw pillows vs. the side chairs.
In the above Style, Inspiration, & Design collage, we used the Sand color in the accent chairs but made sure all the wood in the room was of similar tone. Additionally, we matched the fabrics between the drapes and the chesterfield sofa in opposite ends of the room so the Sand chairs would literally tie the room design together.
Darking it up a bit…. and circling back to our paint swatches from the beginning of the article. Keeping to a planned palette as in the above Style,Inspiration,& Design collage, one can see how easy it is to add texture with different fabrics and pattern subtly when you keep to the similar hues. You don’t have to be matchy-matchy in your decor! Using this design as inspiration, you can see how easy it is change it up a bit by just adding accent pieces to the room to change mood.
In the above Style, Inspiration, & Design collage, the light neutral bed acts as the base of the room design. The accessories’ hue is noted in the furniture accessories as “accent” pieces. Having the side chair & bed draped with a turbulence gray throw, as well as the drapes in a similar, but rich hue allow for the addition of other colors and patterns easily. As always, we recommend keeping the bedding in a neutral for the base of the room and to support Feng Shui bedroom rules.
You can do it! Let us know how you do with your room design… send us your before and after images and we’ll post it for everyone to see!!
Furniture source for this article’s Style, Inspiration, & Design’s collages are from Allen Wayside Furniture! You can visit them here and of course in their many locations in Maine & New Hampshire.
We’ll be writing about Allen Wayside Furniture on our From the Editor Page too, so please check back soon!
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