It seems to me that people used to be very wary of neutral rooms. Thinking back on my childhood home and on the homes of all of my childhood friends, color was the name of the game. One of my friend's homes boosted deep burgundy walls - and I remember thinking it was the coolest thing ever. There seemed to be an aversion to neutral tones, especially that of beige, because it felt too safe, too boring, and perhaps most of all, too corporate.
When it came to the the kids' bedrooms back then, everything had to have a "theme". One of my best friends had a garden painted on her wall. Another had suns and moons. Regardless of the theme, it was always heavy on the color.
Today, my tastes tend to lean more on the neutral side of things. I do like color, but I tend to tire of bright and vibrant shades really quickly and usually gravitate towards the more neutral tones when making large purchases. I don't think that I am alone in my preference for a more neutral space over that of one with bold color. Okay, correction, I know I am not alone, thanks to Pinterest and Instagram where these sort of rooms can be found easily by the thousands. This is partly because neutral rooms have been completely turned on their heads. Instead of boring spaces that feel straight out of the movie Office Space, we see chic, clean, and put-together spaces that prove neutral colors are anything but boring when done right. They offer an elegant simplicity and an opportunity to blend in little bits of color here and there.
Here are some of my favorite neutral palette rooms:
The exposed brick does so much for this space - and notice the smart placement of the mirror that allows for the look of the exposed brick to continue on further into this space. Simply genius.
When you have a space with a neutral palette, textures become that much more important and noticeable.
Have a great Monday!