This summer-inspired floral centerpiece sits nicely against crisp white linens and a neutral backdrop. Depending on the height of the flower stalks, fill a tall, narrow hurricane glass halfway with water and add a few small oranges for a burst of color. Choose tall seasonal flowers for a vibrant contrast against the floating orange hues.
This sophisticated bedroom design features bright neutral tones. The warm wood of the dressers creates a nice accented detail against the cool tones and adds an antique touch to the modern look. Bright green on the bed cover and the patterned throw pillows adds a pop of color. Silver roman shades over the windows, and a matching fabric on the window bench, add more subtle touches of pattern.
This gorgeous open living room design features a white and light gray color scheme for the ultimate bright atmosphere. A brown leather sofa pops against the stark background, and a neutral shag rug adds a touch of extra warm tone. A glass dining table in the connected dining space is surrounded with white leather chairs. Long white curtains frame the large windows allowing natural light to flood the room and providing a scenic view.
An entire wall of windows offers vast access to the waterfront view in this bedroom retreat, while loads of seating options provide ample spots to enjoy it. A row of clerestory windows above ushers in even more sunlight, and the mostly white color scheme reflects light, creating an open and airy effect. Pale woods and neutral furnishings allow the view to serve as the focal point of the space.
White walls and open arch doorways create a spacious and airy feel in this living room. Bright red armchairs and a blue shag rug add bold touches of color to the room. A contemporary neutral sofa creates a perimeter for the room and seating to watch the mounted TV on a natural wood accent wall. Floating shelves, an Asian coffee table and a wood mantle board add wood accents throughout the room.
This young Nashville family wanted a kitchen that they could live and work in, so designers incorporated a huge kitchen island to suit the family's needs. The countertop is made from durable and easily cleaned honed black pearl granite. Designers customized the thickness of this countertop to be 2.5", adding even more substance and weight to the island. Designers also added durable teal vinyl counter stools to give the neutral kitchen a pop of color.
The color pink extends to the drapery in the bedroom. The curtains were discovered at IKEA. The floor-to-ceiling drapes complete the bedroom’s restful palette. A gray chair and silver, mirrored dresser adds to the room’s mix of soft neutrals. A light detail was added to the bedroom to complete the space. Joe installed a milk glass pendant above the bed. The milk glass feels like it’s original to this historic home.
Replace boring pantry doors with an attractive curtain instead. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to add style and minimize clutter. If your kitchen already has a lot of patterns, then opt for a calm, neutral fabric. But if your space is minimally decorated, choose something with a little more color and flair, like this pantry curtain installed by Clay Snider Interiors for Dwell with Dignity to create soothing homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.
Not the nursery we grew up with, Pattern Play is a result of the client’s love of graphic patterns and color. This long room lacked architectural features. What seemed like a negative became the perfect playground for the offbeat mix of patterns, texture and color. By turning the room upside down (stripes on ceiling), designer Karen Wolf created a focal point, leading to the giant window showcasing the star of the room -Dwell Studios “Brushed Dot” fabric with peacock and yellow polka dots. The main challenge in the space was a balancing act on how to make all these patterns and colors work.
Tricks of the Trade:
1. Create a focal point in the room.
2. Pop your accent color at least three times around the room. Note the mustard yellow.
3. Ground your space with neutrals to provide a place for the eye to rest. (Crème shag and gray Jim Thompson textured wallpaper).
4. Use black, white or gray. There is always a place for these classic colors. Ferm Living Half Moon Wallpaper.
5. Change up scale of patterns. Medium sized wallpaper print, large stripes and small bedding prints.
6. Mix up the patterns: Circles, Stripes, Brushstrokes, Chevron, Ditsy, Solid and Abstract.
7. Throw in an unexpected color – Red art.
8. Play with sheen and lustre, high to low.
9. Have fun and let yourself go. Design is a layering process and sometimes you need to delayer, start over and layer again. Mistakes happen and that is OK.
The garden courtyard terrace of this Point Lorna, California, villa home is decorated with subtle pool furniture in neutral tones that complement the property's minimalist design and allow the natural surroundings of the lush garden, with its verdant floral and topiary features, to color to the space. Wicker chairs and chaise longues feature plush striped cushions which highlight the earth tones of the building's facade while blue umbrellas reflect the daytime sky and swimming pool below.
When you’re trying to create a restful bedroom space, go with a neutral base. Atlanta designer Ann Wisniewski of AJW Designs suggests using accessories to add color. The blues and greens in this room’s bedding, lamps and houseplants give the Dwell with Dignity makeover a zen vibe. The bedside tables were originally in the room, but DIY blogger Dena Stormer painted them and replaced the hardware to create an all-new look.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, this once cramped and dated kitchen and dining area was transformed into a chic, mid-century style space. Designer Sarah Richardson upcycled thrift store chairs by dipping the legs in chrome and reupholstering the seats. Keeping with the vintage theme, Sarah installed mid-century modern light fixtures and added bright pops of color throughout the neutral space. The owner's original artwork hangs above a custom banquette to complete the look.
A cottage cabin bedroom with a built in bed and shelves is painted in neutral off white. A view of another room from the open door shows a dining area and area rug. A simple hat hanging on the door provides a cozy touch while blue and white plaid curtains lend to the overall rustic feel of the space. A floral print and black and white photography on cream colored paneled walls and painted floor make this room a quaint, warm environment.
The desk in this second floor landing provides an elegant modern addition to the space. The modern desk gives the family a place to read or write with a funky lamp that provides plenty of light. The modern orange chair provides seating for the desk and a pop of color to the otherwise neutral space, tying in the two framed orange designs on the opposite wall.
Erin’s mastery of neutral tones is evident throughout her home, but when it comes to spaces for her son, Henry, she embraces color in a whole new way. The deep blue wallpaper in Henry’s bedroom creates a colorful backdrop against which everything else pops. Matching patterns on the lampshade and window shade and the brilliant pattern of the bright red rug create a visually stimulating space for her son.
The dining area easily flows into the white galley kitchen. Kay says that the small kitchen is still big enough for the couple to cook together in, one of the owners' favorite aspects of the redesign. "The newly built-in banquette is right there too, and allows guests to be a part of the action as well," she adds.
Kay also advises choosing neutral shades or the same color family for exposed plates and glassware. For texture, consider adding personal touches like cookbooks, platters, trays or art.
The midcentury modern nightstand features a dark wood frame with light wood drawers in front of a graphic, neutral wallpaper. The area rug below provides a pop of red color complimented by the red flowers on the nightstand. A gold spike trinket and sleek modern vases join the flowers for an intriguing mix of texture in the decor. A blank pendant light hangs above.
The living room is a study in neutrals, and the subtle layering of objects, textures and color. “I am eclectic,” Seana says of herself, “you can actually find a bit of every design style in my house.” It’s a personal combination that she refers to as “glamohemian.” But pulling influences from everywhere doesn’t mean that she wants a crowded space. “I don’t prefer a space to look overly crowded or over-done,” she says. “I like to be elegantly eclectic.”