Ahh, neutrals. My favorite design palette ever, whether it's the way I style my home or the clothes in my closet. If you are as big of a fan of neutral tones as me, then you may have found everything you have bought in the past year for your home is---well, white. Don't get me wrong, some modern homes look exquisite in white overload, but in order to successfully have this palette and still make your home feel cozy, follow these five tricks:
Add textures! Wherever you can and however you want. Textures add interest and dimension; it could be a chunky knit blanket in your living room or a shag rug right below your bed. The best part is, these textured pieces of your home don't need to be any other color outside of your neutral palette. Smooth white surfaces on top of more smooth white starts to feel a little "hard" and depressing. Soften this look up with textures; experiment with adding both large and small knits and feel your space immediately get cozier.
2. Warm Tones
Have you ever heard of colors referred to as "warm toned" or "cool toned"? Well, neutrals can be too. If you are concerned that your space feels too plain or stark, choose neutral paint colors with warm undertones to bring some life back into your space. If you have trouble deciphering whether a hue is cool or warm toned, ask for assistance in your paint store or look at a paint fan deck and choose the lightest color on a card with all red, orange, or yellow hues. A warmer white tone will have more red/brown undertones, while a cooler white tone will appear with the blue/gray hues. If you want the whitest-white paint color on your walls, don't fret, this warm-hued trick applies for rugs, accessories, and wood furniture too.
Yup, plants. Nothing looks better than a bright white space with plants scattered about. There's a reason indoor plants have been gaining popularity again; our primitive selves feel better surrounded by nature and natural light. If you can add plants, natural light, and wood into your space, I guarantee you will feel more refreshed and generally happier in your home; it's SCIENCE people!
4. Small Accents
This could mean different things for different people; to me, it means lovely gold metallic decorative objects, or a thrifty vintage find that gives a nod to the past. I don't mean that you should fill your whole home with small golden creatures, but a little bit can go a long way to add personality to your home! Some of my other favorite accents to complete a room are artwork (experiment here with colored or textured art!), rugs, pillows and throws, accent tables, and light fixtures. The key here is to remember the texture and warm tone rules. If your small accents are metallic or have a rough texture, it is going to contrast your smooth white walls and give character to your space.
5. Bits of Black
Remember, black is a neutral too! The reason black and darker colors liven up your space when using a generally light palette is because it adds dimension and contrast. If you tend to be afraid of using the color black in your home, charcoal gray is another great option to add dimension throughout your space. You can find many ways to add touches of black in your home---artwork, textiles, furniture, and light fixtures are all great places to start!