Creating an interesting interior design from an all-white or neutral palate is entirely possible. All it takes is a little know-how and the right furnishings to ensure your monochromatic decor is layered, textured and visually interesting. A completely white, or neutral, interior must feature a handful of elements to achieve a sophisticated and elegant look.
The following recommendations detail how to achieve a layered, neutral interior design with pieces from Gabby’s extensive collection of eclectic furnishings:
Create contrast. There’s a soothing and mellow energy to neutral interiors, but eyes will feel restless if they don’t have a few places on which to focus. Creating contrasts and visual interest can draw the eye. One way to do this is to choose neutrally upholstered furnishings with a darker wood finish.
For example, the Charleston Sofa features a rich cream colored upholstery on its surface. However, the dark wood finished legs, metal casters and inset upholstery nail trim give it definition and weight.
Include Pattern. The pattern doesn’t have to be bold or even colorful. In fact, a slight variance in the fabric design will stand out more dramatically in a room layered with pale colors and neutrals. The Pandora Chest is modeled after vintage style furniture with a more modern geometric embellishment on the drawers. A clean white finish and soft metallic pattern create a subtle contrast.
Include variations in color tone. Just like a subtle pattern, the slightest variations in color tone can really stand out. For example, a light linen used to upholster our Avignon Chair and Mollie Coffee Table will appear richer and more complex against the lighter, brighter Charleston sofa shown above.
Include different textures. Texture increases the visual appeal of interior designs. Wood, metal, linen and polished sea grass can all work together to complete a more complex aesthetic. You can include two textures in a single piece with our Corbin Woven Storage Cabinet, which pairs two natural textures — a slightly distressed oak frame with polished woven sea grass door panels.
At least one spot of color. Finally, you’ll be hard pressed to find a designer that doesn’t include at least one spot of color to spice things up a bit. Take your cue from designers like Hadley Court. A pop of color can keep rooms fresh and interesting.
If you include each of these elements, your home will be an elegant and restful place for family and guests to spend their time. Gabby offers a range of transitional and vintage style furniture that can be used to create interesting layers in your neutral interior design.