There are two things that, no matter what, I could not live without in my home. The first is symmetry. (Shocker.) The other is color. Over the years I have had color on my walls, accessories and even flooring. (I still have wildly patterned rugs in my family room that I would love to ditch. Maybe someday.)
I used to have yellow walls in my living room…and we’re talking YELLOW. Bright and glossy and on certain days even slightly neon. I had red wallpaper in my entry. Red with gold fleur-de-lis (no less) and a bright floral rug. I couldn’t find pictures but I had a red sofa in my living room and floral window treatments in there too. Which, just for good measure, I also installed in the dining room.
You get the picture?
A few years ago I began to feel sort of over-stimulated. The eye had no where to rest in my main rooms. There was so much going on that it was hard to relax. So…I decided to begin the neutralization process.
I had to keep my beige carpet but I painted my walls creamy white. I hung simple linen panels at the windows. I purchased economical IKEA furniture and then upgraded the slipcovers. You can read about my Comfort Works experience here.
Eventually I had a completely neutral background. It took a while and I had to be patient. One step at a time. At this point I was ready to add some pops of color. For me, the only way to do that was fabric…my first love, my go-to decorating tool. I also threw in accessories that added color but interest as well.
Here is my fabric story (as Tommy Smythe would say.)
I added these fabrics on stools…
and the seats of my dining room chairs.
My one concession to patterned upholstery are my Target slipper chairs. All I can say is love, love, love.
I tried to spread color around the room with my accessories as well.
Texture helps too. Combining color and texture is a winning double play.
So that’s what I do to add color to a neutral room. Like any self-respecting blogger, I am constantly changing my accessories. A neutral background allows this..without breaking the bank.