- Use extreme contrasts to highlight the neutrals (e.g., a roomful of beiges and cremes needs a dose of black - see yesterday's blog - black and white drama)
- Use textural contrasts like rough and shiny in juxtaposition because light plays off of these so differently
- Pair humble and elegant, smooth with coarse, ancient and modern, and diminutive and massive
The designer loves neutrals because they provide a non-competing stage for other items in the room and create a very comfortable setting.
|Camelback Settee in Creme Linen|
|Set of Hickory Chair Armchairs in embroidered Creme on Creme Linen|
|High Point Vintage Chair in Dark Creme Linen-Blend (textured)|
|Vicki's Wingback - same fabric as High Point|
|Oak Post Armchair|
I have a fairly large section on my website devoted to "neutrals" and am always on the lookout for creamy linens and textured neutral fabrics. They are very popular and amongst the quickest to sell. People worry about using neutrals because of potential soiling but I have found that they hold up as well (and better than many) darker hues - I've had some for over 20 years despite children, grandchildren and pet-sitting!