Design Lesson
Aug 1, 2011

Steven & Chris: Giving personality to a neutral room

By: Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman

Steven & Chris: Giving personality to a neutral room Author: Style At Home

Design Lesson
Aug 1, 2011

Steven & Chris: Giving personality to a neutral room

By: Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman
Throughout our design career, one thing has remained true: you can’t go wrong with a beautiful neutral-toned room. With our lives becoming more hectic, we often seek the solitude of a calm, serene space, and a neutral palette can achieve just that. The main trick, though, to making a neutral room anything but boring is to play with tone, texture and pattern.
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Illustration by Lindsay Agnew.

How to work with neutral colours
One of the ways to add textural interest is to use different types of fabric – pair smooth silk drapes with a soft, diamond-tufted microfibre sofa and woven linen sidechairs. To make a neutral room feel fresh, layer the lighting and include reflective materials, such as mirror, metal or glass, to bounce light around the space. NEUTRAL-lamp.jpg Robert Kuo carved ice cube lamp
Forms enhanced with unique finishes like the ones in this lamp are key to creating a more interesting space. McGuire, $4,090.

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Laundered linen and trinity silk taffeta fabric
Combine different textures ranging from smooth to rough to plush to liven up the room. Threadcount Textile & Design, $120 per yard and in Trinity White, $116 per yard

NEUTRAL-Table.jpgPompeii coffee table
Use materials like glass, for their reflective quality. Powell & Bonnell, from $3,600.

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Marcel Wanders for Graham & Brown Alice and Henry wallpaper
Incorporate patterns – whether subtle or dramatic – to increase visual appeal in your neutral-toned rooms. Crown Wallpaper & Fabrics, $70 per roll. NEUTRAL-couch.jpg
S&C 7000 Churchill sofa
Details like tufting, to make pieces stand out, make a big difference in otherwise monotone spaces. Decor-Rest Furniture, from $1,900.

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Steven & Chris: Giving personality to a neutral room