This crisp white backdrop provides a canvas for light and airy colors. A blue and yellow floral design creates a feminine and sophisticated look for the bed curtain attached to the simple wrought iron frame. A neutral upholstered bench is tucked below a table for a vanity space while the bed bench draws out the soft blue coloring in the room.
When designer Tara Seawright’s clients bought an outdated waterside cottage, they turned to her for help modernizing the space on a tight budget. “By painting the floors a bright white and using strategic pops of color — like a colorful shower curtain — against a neutral background, we gave the home a more current look,” says the designer.
Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit.
Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there. We're told the lake is a jet ski drag strip on the weekends, so good spectator seating!
A light blue entryway leads from the living room into a traditional dining room with long neutral dining table and chairs featuring fully upholstered end chairs. The bottom of the wall is blue with white panels, but above the trimmed split beautiful outdoor scene wallpaper wraps the entire room. A blue china cabinet rests opposite a large window with floor-length white curtains.
Neutral walls and bed linens create a calm setting in this eclectic bedroom. Curtains patterned with blue, green and brown leaves add subtle decoration framing the large windows. A patterned yellow chair and two upholstered stool seats match the yellow throw pillow propped against the leather headboard. The unique striped base of the stools compliments the warm red glow of the hardwood.
This stylish Philadelphia studio utilizes every inch of space without making the room seem busy. The neutral walls and bedding keep the space controlled and balanced. "I tried to separate the space with organic textures, eclectic accessories, shiny metallic objects, soft draperies and unique lighting schemes," HGTV fan greendesigner says. To quickly hide the bedroom from the kitchen and dining area, he added tall draperies as an easy room divider. Tip: Downsize the furniture to expand the space — buy a loveseat instead of a large sectional. If you like to entertain, invest in small barstools: They take up little space and provide plenty of seating for guests.
Designers faced a challenge with the kids' bathroom. The space had to be bright and fun, but it couldn't be too girly or too boy-ish, so they settled on a brightly colored shower curtain in a neutral bathroom. The bold blue, green and yellow circles appealed to brother's and sister's design style, and when combined with fun wainscoting, created a space that both kids loved.
Floor to ceiling bookshelf wallpaper gives this billiards room the feel of an old library with neutral books encased in black shelves. The white lacquer pool table with a black velvet top is a gorgeous centerpiece. A deep red curtain adds a bold accent color, and a set of black and white striped chairs complement the color theme while adding a new pattern to the design.
A white Buddha statue, among other Asian accents used throughout the space, introduces a Zen mood to this porch sitting area. Beautiful white furniture and sheer white curtains look even brighter against the natural background and neutral floor. Throw pillows add pops of accent color in red, purple and pink, while the pair of metallic tables adds a touch of glam to the design.
Throughout the house, a neutral color palette and clean lines in the furniture and fixtures help to create a simple, elegant design for the home, while elongated windows allow in plenty of natural light. In the living room, designers added sheer curtains in front of these windows so as to create a light, airy feel in the space when they are drawn.
This beautiful neutral armoire is the perfect vintage piece to display corals and coastal accessories. The two glass doors sit above a secretary desk and set of drawers. French windows with floor-length curtains illuminate a blue-legged ottoman with a white upholstered cushion.
A window lets in the perfect amount of natural light to frame this sitting area. Beige curtains surround the window and compliment the neutral tone of the carpet. A blue chevron blanket and a patterned pillow decorate the arm chair for a relaxed but stylish look. A cube leather ottoman with thick stitching and a small metallic table add texture to the area.
The best lavenders to choose are those with very gray bases. The soft purple shade acts like a neutral in this room and creates a beautiful base for the design. Slightly darker lavender curtains compliment the wall color and frame the wrought iron bed frame. A feathered mirror frame adds a fun texture over the sophisticated bed set up with matching nightstands.
The high ceiling and connected rooms bring an open feel to this contemporary living room. A large wire light fixture hangs low at the piano to divide the living room and office area. A navy blue sofa adds color against the neutral walls and floor and long gray curtains. A short natural wooden coffee table sits on the gray area rug.
Drapes mimic the curtains around the canopy bed giving this traditional master bedroom an elegant and romantic feel. A ribbed bed comforter adds texture to the room while an orange, yellow and green rug and pink floral throw pillow and matching tufted bench add color to the neutral theme. The wicker chairs with brown fabric create a small sitting area at the end of the bed.
Floor to ceiling neutral mosaic tile in the shower and bath combo framed by a damask shower curtain, hung on the ceiling, visually expand the space in this small bathroom. Bright recessed lighting and a chandelier, along with a large mirror are also designer tricks for decorating a small space. The high end features like marble flooring and countertops, make this bathroom feel like a luxury retreat.
A snakeskin area rug gives personality to this bright and stylish living room. A white coffered ceiling looks down on a large wood coffee table. A neutral sofa with woodgrain arm panels and a pair of matching chairs face into the table. Midcentury modern chairs with black leather cushions complete the seating collection. Natural light streams in from windows framed with long gray curtains.
As seen on DIY Network's Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis brightened up the living room of the Summit Avenue mansion by using a lighter stain on the floor and a neutral color palette throughout. The neutral shade of the walls helps showcase the mahogany woodwork, and the white silk curtains add a touch of elegance. Nicole used a mix of modern and vintage pieces to stage the room, and she replaced the 1970s wall sconces with period appropriate versions.