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Neutral Bedrooms that are FAR from Boring!

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Neutral Bedrooms that are FAR from Boring!

Cristina Soriano

I love and live for color. Feeling like Joseph in a techni-colored dream coat, or Alice in her Wonderland of rainbow and whimsy, are only a few of my favorite things! Objects and places that are brilliantly saturated make me feel jovial and well, carefree. (What could get any better?!)

My apartment, courtesy of Ava Pessina of Ava Pessina Photo

My apartment, courtesy of Ava Pessina of Ava Pessina Photo

Being surrounded by color, when interiors are brought to life, is such an easy pick-me-up from a gloomy and cold winter evening, or an exhaustingly long day at the office. Bursts of color and fabulous texture instantly knight the walls with positive energy, euphoria and humor, and I believe, that energy fostered in your living space can only penetrate to your outlook and surge zest for life.

But, sometimes color and texture, especially in a place of refuge, are unwelcome – spaces like the bedroom or a workspace, where meditation, tranquility and productivity are of prime importance. Vivid accents can be over stimulating and therefore, counterproductive. So, for the color-obsessed (like myself) what to do? Fears of, dare I say, boring design cloud my mind, and I think of teal lacquer-finished walls, (like the ones in my apartment) or colorful ikat pillows to nourish my appetite for techni-color.

But, fear no more! I’ve come up with five ways of adding pizzazz to a neutral bedroom, enough spice to compensate for a muted pallet and complementing patterns and textures!

Don’t forget: Wood is a Neutral

Photo Courtesy of Mark Ashbee Photography

Photo Courtesy of Mark Ashbee Photography

I easily forget the tremendous impact that natural materials make in the interiors of a home. By incorporating the environment into the space you’re blending outdoors with in, and I promise you, it creates a lasting and positive effect. I love using reclaimed wood as stools, lamp bases or even as headboards; agate stone as bookends or tabletops; and, plants that act as a wallpaper. I am especially drawn to using natural materials to highlight the structural components of a home, as in this picture. The old wooden beams add an interesting and rustic touch, that, well, could never be labeled as boring.

Don’t be Afraid of the Dark

Photo Courtesy of Rikki Snyder

Photo Courtesy of Rikki Snyder

Dark color bedrooms can certainly be off putting, but when it is dramatically applied to one wall, it is absolutely sensational. The mix of the black wall, the stark white adjacent walls and beautiful wooden ceiling and floors make for a perfect combination: a junction where femininity and masculinity meet. Adding color into a space does not only require the saturation of the rainbow, but can be a mix of more organic colors and the outcome is just as remarkable. And I promise you, a bedroom with dark walls wont give you nightmares!

Muted Patterns that Play with Natural Textures

Photo Courtesy of Muse Interiors

Photo Courtesy of Muse Interiors

A bedroom where muted patterns play with natural textures can never be branded as boring – far from it! I love how this particular room used a simple beige sea grass wallpaper but revived the monochromatic feel with sea foam pops of color. Pattered curtains, accents pillows and a throw blanket in an elegant light blue make the space feel lived in, rather than sterile and cold. If you’re looking to incorporate a pattern into your bedroom while remaining fairly achromatic, I suggest using light, analogous colors like blues, greens and browns in organic or geometric patterns. If you’re looking to jazz up curtains, choose fabric who’s patterns are fairly large – large surface areas covered in small motifs fabrics tend to look busy and chaotic.

Blue is a Natural

Photo Courtesy of Dart Studios

Photo Courtesy of Dart Studios

To me, blue will forever remain a natural color – it is almost like a blank canvas! I mean your favorite pair of blue jeans look super with about every top hanging in your dresser – even if it’s a denim button down! So, when in doubt, choose a blue. I especially love this dark parrot blue – it is a neutral, but at the same time, such a noticeable and unexpected color. I also appreciate how the accents on the bed (the pillows and duvet) do not “perfectly match”, meaning they have any parrot blue accents or elements. Proves that really, a blue is truly a neutral, but never boring color! 

Bold Bricks

Photo Courtesy of Twelve Chairs and Keller + Keller Photography

Photo Courtesy of Twelve Chairs and Keller + Keller Photography

If you’re fortunate to live in a space full of character because of exposed brick walls, you should count your lucky stars! Exposed brick walls are, to me, one of the most beautiful architectural elements - and their formation and layout can certainly tell you the history of your home! The natural terracotta color, however, can sometimes be a little too harsh, especially if you’re looking to make your bedroom feel more feminine and light. Rather than covering your treasure with dry wall (that would be a sin!) I suggest painting the bricks with some white paint. The white textured walls are so impressionable; far from boring!

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