As promised when I shared some Easy Neutral Winter Decor Ideas, I’m back to talk about why I love neutral home decor. Before I get started though I want to make sure you know that I’m not trying to talk you into anything. I decorate with neutrals because I truly love them…but if you like color, then stay the course. This post is mostly for those of you who have been thinking about going neutral, but are just not sure. Maybe you think it will be boring or bland…but it won’t be, I promise! Read on for tips on switching to neutral home decor.
Before we get started, I’d like to share what comes to mind when I think of neutral colors:
Neutral means without color. It’s calm and cool. It’s relaxed and restful.
Neutral Home Decor: Why I Switched.
Several years ago, our home was decorated from floor to ceiling with color. I had bright yellow walls in the living room, red and gold wallpaper in the entry, navy wallpaper in the kitchen. All the window treatments were made from large-scale colorful fabrics. I had a red sofa and yellow toile chairs. When I chose all this color, I did like it…but after a few years, it became oppressive.
- I couldn’t change a thing because the colors were so specific.
- It was dark.
- There was no place for the eye to rest. There was so much going on that I literally felt edgy.
- I chose fabrics that were trendy and when the trend was over, I was stuck with something I didn’t want.
How to switch to Neutral Home Decor…and where to start.
About five years ago I decided to correct my decorating mistakes. The biggest space is our living room so the first thing I did was paint those walls a very light ivory. I had yellow walls below the chair rail in the dining room and changed those to ivory as well. So…
The first place to start is with the background.
- Window Treatments
Keep in mind that all these changes don’t have to happen at once. I took my time and saved money in between projects. That’s the beauty of decorating with neutrals. They “go” with everything. Once these elements are neutralized, it’s time to decide if you want to stop there or keep going.
I kept going and chose a light ivory sofa, chairs, and ottomans. Some of my accessories are neutral but some are not, especially the seasonal ones. Accessories are where you can add color…or not. That’s totally up to you!
How Neutral Home Decor can save you money.
Decorating with neutrals can save you money in a few different ways. First, they go with ANYTHING. Once you paint your walls a neutral color, there will be no need to paint them again for years. Once you neutralize your window treatments, they are there for the duration.
Tip: For window treatments, choose a classic design that won’t go out of style. Full, simple panels are a good choice.
Second, by choosing neutral colors for your “big ticket” items, color and style can be added with inexpensive soft furnishings and accessories. If you get tired of a color or want to add seasonal decor, you have a lovely neutral background to work with. Last, by decorating with neutrals, it’s easy to give your home a fresh look without spending a dime. Furniture and accessories can be moved from room to room because they are all in the same color family.
Although I honestly could be very happy in an all-neutral home, I still have some color here and there. The walls in our entry are light blue and I have little navy slipper chairs in our living room. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. The most important thing is that you feel relaxed and happy in your home.
That’s my take on neutral home decor but I have a few blogger friends who are masters at decorating with neutrals. I’m including a few links for more ideas and inspiration!
First up is Kim from Savvy Southern Style. Her great room is all neutral but it’s anything but bland. She mixes beiges, ivories, and whites beautifully. As your eye easily moves around her room, the pops of color add interest.
Next is Yvonne from StoneGable. Yvonne is one of the bravest decorators I know. She is not afraid to try something new and she is constantly updating her decor. She’s confident and has her own personal style down pat!
Last but not least is Kris from Driven By Decor. Kris is the ultimate master at decorating with gray. Her home is warm and inviting, yet all neutral with pops of gray and black. I could move in and live happily ever after! She recently participated in The One Room Challenge by redecorating her family room. My jaw dropped when I saw her reveal. Take a look!
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