I’ll let you in on a secret – I don’t hate beige as much as you might think! Neutrals need not be boring and decorating with neutrals can actually be chic and successful. You just have to know how to do it right. If you’re more into color, beige and other neutral colors can also form the foundation of a room, allowing you to add awesome pops of color without a space feeling crazy. Here’s how:
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Hey everyone, Lesley Myrick here. I’m an interior stylist and I transform boring beige spaces into kickass colorful homes with an offbeat edge that are livable, delightful, and unexpected. I talk a lot about “boring beige”.
But, I’m going to let you in on a little secret – I don’t hate beige as much as you might think.
When it becomes a fail-safe, when it becomes a default because you don’t know what else to do, it’s not my favorite choice. But beige and neutrals really are needed to help ground a space. Too much color is crazy-making – and I’m someone who loves color! It really is all about the mix.
When you’re working with neutrals, form, and texture, and sheen – that’s what becomes important, not color. So layering neutrals can actually be incredibly chic and sophisticated and put-together. When you start to work with beautiful textures like leather, tweed, and fur, and beautiful luxurious finishes like that, beige becomes anything but boring.
Now, you can do an all-neutral space and do it very successfully by layering in texture and pattern, but my jam is more about mixing neutrals in to form a foundation for a more colorful, exciting, and creative look.
Neutrals can really ground a space and create that blank canvas that you can have a lot of fun with.
By using a lot of reclaimed wood, and black and white, and neutral walls in my designs I can do funkier things like a teal upholstered sofa or a yellow wing chair and other sort of quirky accents that come together as a whole to create an awesome space, and not one that feels totally crazy-making.
Now, this is just scratching the surface of talking about neutrals and color and balance and texture and all of those great things. So if you want to go deeper and learn more about how to sort of cultivate your style and figure out how to work these subtle design nuances, I have a great online course called Interior Style.
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