Use A Neutral Color Foundation to Let Your Accessories Shine

It’s the little things in life, am I right? That extends to home design as well.

We talked a lot about how to pull an accent color through your entire home or how to jazz up that accent wall in your space and even how to keep a white kitchen interesting but now I want to wrap everything all together in one and tie it with a pretty little bow.

So strap on your boots, folks, because we’re going to take a ride on my own personal time machine — don’t worry, it’s totally safe, I promise.

And there’s a benefit to keeping things more neutral, too -- you can more easily change the vibe of the space by swapping out smaller items such as pillows, accessories, art or even area rugs. And there’s a benefit to keeping things more neutral, too -- you can more easily change the vibe of the space by swapping out smaller items such as pillows, accessories, art or even area rugs.

I’ve written about everything from choosing the right paint finish to finding the perfect toss pillows. But now that I’m looking into selling my own house, I’m re-examining all my design choices.

Two years ago, I wrote a post about your home’s color palette. And boy how things have … not changed … since then.

From the ceiling to the floor, all the colors — including your accessories — in a home need to work together to tell your design story, whatever that may be. And neutrals most often serve as the foundation where you start building that story.

When I originally wrote that post two years ago, I was in the process of updating my house and found myself drawn toward ivory, taupes and grays. Spoiler alert: That redesign project did get finished, and the results were exactly what I was hoping for.

Neutral colors — mainly off whites, and medium or dark browns — set the tone of the entire home, tying everything together. Most of the furnishings are wood, and their organic nature helps them work with any colors surrounding them.

And there are pops of color, namely a built-in bookcase I painted a dark teal blue, some reds in the dining room, pinks in the nursery (of course) and lots of fresh flowers sprinkled in several of the spaces.

I still apply the same principles for clients’ homes today, and modify the design to their tastes. But neutrals — whites, taupes, browns, grays — are always present.

One of our clients loved purple, so we worked that in with a neutral backdrop.

There must be something about purple, because another client also infused it in many spots in their homes, along with a lot of touches of teal and gold.

That goes to show you don’t need to pick just one or two or even three colors — you can add several throughout the home and make it work. Another client loved different shades of blue and teal, but we also worked in pink, gold and orange accents.

Neutrals serve the foundation of all those projects, and several of my projects have included clients who wanted to keep that theme more prominent throughout the home.

The lesson: You don’t have to introduce a bolder color like purple or teal if you don’t want to!

And there’s a benefit to keeping things more neutral, too — you can more easily change the vibe of the space by swapping out smaller items such as pillows, accessories, art or even area rugs.

Just a small change can transform the entire space.