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Neutral Zone: How A Room Can Inspire, Even In the Absence of Colour

I love colour. I crave it. In my home. In my wardrobe. In my garden. Even in the food that I prepare for my family. A week doesn’t go by without a stop to pick up fresh flowers. Nothing inspires me more than a fresh sheet of paper and a new set of markers or pencil crayons. Bliss. But back to that blank sheet of paper. What better backdrop to infuse with pops of colour? Neutral rooms done well are anything but vanilla. Whites, creams, ivories and taupes can in fact be warm and inviting too. Texture and lighting are critical to creating a neutral zone that doesn’t leave you cold. The trick to pale neutrals is layering with hints of chocolate brown or black – with hardware, chair legs, black & white photography, framing…just a touch of contrast makes a neutral room come alive. Here are a collection of rooms that I think have been done really beautifully.

Don’t forget that Luminato 6 runs from June 8th through the 17th. Who can forget the wild 2008 installation by KPMB Architects at Yonge and Dundas Square? Speaking of inspiring whites…

~ Anne

S. R. Grambel

Vincente Wolf

The French Eye

Home Styling

Alex Papachristidis

Larry Laslo

Sarah Baynes Interior Design

Vincente Wolf

Abby Unrath

Tom Scheerer



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