How to Use Neutral Colors to Enhance Your Home: Exclusive Tips from Top Designers

Every home’s architecture is different, which is why this week for our Summer Designer Tips Series we asked designers how they use neutral colors (a very popular palette) to enhance all different types of spaces. Check it out:

Lisa Staprans, Staprans Design

Lisa Staprans often spends time outdoors in order to clear her mind and inspire her work. For inspiration, Staprans draws upon the colors in nature that surround the spaces she designs. Using earth tones and accents of brighter colors, the interiors work from the outside and move in. The accent of orange is pulled from the leaves when they turn in the fall.

Lisa’s Tip: “Bring in elements that complement and are inspired by the architecture and surrounding gardens. Use cues from the outside and bring that inside with color, texture and layering.”

 

Lisa Staprans

Lisa Straprans SugarBowlHouse_Photo-¬BruceDamonte_06 (1)Photo Credit:  Bruce Damonte

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Sofia Joelsson, Sojo Design

In this modern living room, designer Sofia Joelsson added a coziness that still fits with the clean-lined, minimalist setting. “I am a very neutral person when it comes to color schemes, and I use that as a basis for all of my projects,” she explains. Here she built an entire seating area around neutral colors, a trend that we’ve seen this year and expect to stick around because of its versatility. “You can always add or change it up just by adding accessories, art or flowers with a pop of color.”

Sofia’s Tip: “We have all heard the saying – less is more. You should approach designing modern spaces with this in mind. A modern space is often harder to design than traditional spaces because you will see every detail.  The key to decorating with neutrals is to use layers of different materials and textures to create depth and interest.”

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Nina Magon, Contour Interior Design

Designer Nina Magon, who came in third on NBC’s American Dream Builders, believes that bedroom design shouldn’t be formulaic. “The following are necessities: a bed, two nightstands (not necessarily the same) and nightstand lamps. Everything else is optional and depends on the space and its size.” Here, she used neutral hues to allow the over-sized, uniquely designed tile headboard to sing.

Nina’s Tip: “Muted colors should be used on expansive areas like walls or floors. Make sure you contrast it by using brighter colors as accents on rugs or pieces like furniture. By doing this, the brighter colors do not overwhelm the space, but rather add pops of interest.”

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Sandra Funk Levy, Funk Design Studio

“Right now I’m drawn to soothing neutrals with tons of texture,” says designer Sandra Funk Levy. In this bedroom she used lots of texture and layers in slightly rosy neutrals, including rich drapery and a sisal & fur rug layered together. “Window treatments are vital to the space. They can highlight great architecture or conceal many flaws, and they always draw your eye to the view.”

Sandra’s Tip:  “Consider blush tones when decorating a space with neutrals. It’s my favorite because it enhances skin tones so that everyone looks better in the room.”

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4 thoughts on “How to Use Neutral Colors to Enhance Your Home: Exclusive Tips from Top Designers

  1. The first picture is the only reason I want to see snow again any time soon. If I could be there, I might actually be ok with it! 😉 But seriously, Sandra is right – I need to add a fuzzy rug next to my bed. I’m going to be on the look out!

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