The latest trend in interior design and decorating has seen a grand and at times vibrant use of colors that dazzle with energy and playfulness. The modern homeowner has become far more accepting of brilliant colors in the last few years, as designers have moved away from the 90s trend of beige and cream.
Combine the different shades of cream, gray or even white to create interiors that vary from the breezy to the cozy!
One of the advantages of using the many shades of gray is that you can combine both hot and cool hues of the color to fashion a stunning space.
We often pay so much attention to the visual aspect of decorating and get so engrossed with color that the idea of shaping an interior with textures seems to elude us. The use of leather in the living room lends an air of luxury, while decor crafted from natural fibers like wicker and bamboo gives the space a more soothing appeal.
The last two years have not only seen a bold spurt in the use of color, but also the presence of bright metallic accents in design and decorating. Simple pendants, elaborate chandeliers, smart chairs, subtly placed vases and exclusive nightstands can all be used to usher in a dash of metal without disturbing the neutral color scheme. In fact, these sparkling accents look far more attractive when coupled with a calm color palette than one that uses brighter hues.
If shades and even textures seem all too common to you, then try introducing diverse shapes that give the interior plenty of geometric contrast.
Since most contemporary living rooms, bedrooms and dining areas are dominated by simple straight lines, an odd curve ball here and there helps a great deal indeed. In fact, varied geometric shapes often usher in a sense of excitement far more effectively than the use of diverse shades or colors.
Unique coffee tables that stand out visually, plush ottomans in interesting shapes and innovative DIY wall art additions are a few of the many choices on offer. Furnishings made from rattan and bamboo are durable, lightweight and can also take the rigors of life on the porch or out in the backyard. Another great way to add inviting warmth to the neutral color palette is through the use of wood in different finishes that lend contrast to the space both visually and texturally.
Instead of using black in an excessive fashion, use it to lend shape to the room, demarcate spaces and accentuate the architectural features and decor additions that you wish to highlight.
If you want your lighters shades to create the maximum visual impact, then they need to be paired with darker tones in a balanced and elegant fashion.