Being in Neutral is Anything But Boring

In celebration of recoloring our first textiles collection in neutrals, we’re focusing on all of the soft shades and textures that can make a neutral color pallet warm and embracing. In fact, some clients say they do not like color or pattern at all, and that’s when we jump headlong into textures, thinking about delicious boucles, knobby linens, cotton/hemp blends even boiled wool. One of my all time favorite projects was one that involved using very little color. With a mix of materials and textures, this house is anything but boring.

Here the story was all about the texture of our materials and tone on tone pattern. For an impactful wall that still is not overwhelming I love Farrow & Ball Lotus in their neutrals.

A strie on the wall goes the distance in this dining room.

For large spaces, I often use a linen on the walls to help soften the space and help in busy houses to counterbalance echo.

Light fixtures are often a neutral element in a room, but with so many materials available — from crystal to brass to ceramic — the options are endless. Here are a few of my favorites, especially the Ralph Lauren stirrup lamp.

Metallic elements are another way to create interest in a space without the use of color. This silver bed frame lends a touch of glamor in an otherwise muted space. These custom mirror-inlaid doors add depth and light.

From interiors to tabletop to fashion, the same rules apply. When working in a neutral color palette, it’s all about mixing textures and materials. The classic trench is an all-time favorite that instantly gives an Audrey Hepburn air to any outfit.