There are two schools of thought when it comes to decorating rooms: go completely neutral for a universally appealing, timeless look, or add spirited personality through bold color.
Both approaches have their benefits and drawbacks. Too much of a neutral palette generates aesthetic blandness, while too much color can create visual overload. Fortunately, you can strike a balance by borrowing a few techniques from interior designers.
Punch Up Neutrals
One advantage of a neutral design scheme is its broad appeal. You don’t have to worry about it appearing dated over the next few years. But, while neutrals provide a soothing ambiance, a whole room of neutral tones can feel boring and unimaginative.
Here are some great ways to make a monochromatic or neutral room look more vibrant without the expense and effort of painting the walls:
- add a bright pop of color on the ceiling with a new fan or chandelier
- create interest at eye level with a colorful table lamp
- add a throw blanket or accent pillows to your couch
- bring attention downward with a bright area rug
In each case, color gives an uplifting “resting spot” for the eyes amid a sea of white or neutral tones and generates a subconscious feeling of cheerfulness.
Appliance manufacturers are offering unexpected finishes for refrigerators, stoves, and laundry machines. Think red, aqua, yellow, teal, mint or blue. These hues really do pop in today’s all-white kitchens and laundry rooms! If you don’t want or need to update your appliances, why not try some peppy pendants in bright colors?
Ceiling fan manufacturers have followed suit and started to offer fans in green, soft pink, deep red and indigo blue. These will create another focal point for white and light-toned interiors.
Another easy option for bringing oomph to neutral décor is to add a table lamp in colors such as red, blue, yellow, orange and teal. This breaks up the monotony of a neutral palette at the eye level, which is where it will have the most visual impact.
Some folks can’t get enough color in their décor. These dynamic individuals are drawn to saturated brights and mixed patterns—and if they could have both of those in one room, they’d be more than happy. They will delight in those new table lamps, ceiling fans, and accent pieces available on the market in uniquely colorful finishes that will underscore that overall playful vibe.
In instances where color and pattern are fighting for attention, calm the visual excitement down by selecting a table lamp, chandelier, or ceiling fan in a neutral color like white, black, or beige. Having bold color on the walls, ceiling, or floor can be distracting for some and can create subtle anxiety in others. Neutral accents help to “ground” the space and promote a balanced look.
However you want to use color in a room, whether as an accent or a focal point, you can find plenty of choices at LightsOnline!