Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Neutral territory...go beige or go home

Good morning! Must say it feels quite nice to be feeling pretty much back to normal minus a few sniffles..but I will take that any day over what I had last week! So, later today I am going to head to the house to look at the progress that's been made, and will be sure to take pictures to share here tomorrow. 
There is no denying the huge trend of neutral and beige interiors that is everywhere.... every  textile line, every fabric showroom, every furniture showroom....no mistaking it. At both shows I recently attended, I saw this trend repeated over and over, reclaimed woods, linen, lots of natural fabrics in soft beige and off white's, lighter wood, and overall a lighter airier less stuffy look to interiors.  I personally lean towards a room with a nice soft balance of neutrals with a soft infusion of color. But there is something quite serene, peaceful and invitingly beautiful about entering a  soft monochromatic room when its properly accessorised and lit.....with just the right balance.
These pictures make me appreciate a beige room when its right and proof that you don't always need color to achieve a beautiful room. Its all about texture, an interesting mix of styles, a creative blending of seating arrangements, how the room plays against the rooms character (if there is woodwork, moldings, fireplaces,etc...in place already). I love the way each of these rooms, while completely different in both their styles and formality, successfully works the beige palette. It changes the way I have looked at boring beige! What do you think? Love to know! Do you have a favorite?

Gorgeous grand scaled living room gets the beige royal treatment and is warmly accented with lots of woods and interesting objects of art by Jack Fhillips

Shannon Bowers takes a simple beige room and makes it work with an eclectic mix of styles and shapes....a very big Swedish antiques influence here
A beautiful monochromatic beige living room by Marjorie Shushan

Stunning master suite is resplendent in various shades of beige and ivory by Windsor Smith

A beautiful garden room by Suzanne Rheinstein is stunning in a tone on tone beige floral with solid accents.....the result is stunning!
Beautiful beige, soft and serene bedroom by Phoebe Howard...one of my favorites
Stunning living room by Phoebe Howard, the space itself is quite spectacular but I love how well the tone on tone monochromatic color scheme works here......
Gorgeous tone on tone master bedroom by Marjorie Shushman
Jennifer Lopez's elegant monochromatic living room by Michelle Workman

Another simply elegant room awash in shades of white and beige by Shannon Bowers with subtle pops of pale blue is charming
Elegant master suite in Wyoming in various shades of beiges' by Mariette Himes Gomez

Beautiful beige toned covered outdoor porch, a perfect example of how textures and interesting materials make this room work by Hallberg and Wiseley

Fabulous breakfast showcases beige at its best.....by Richard Hallberg and Barbara Wiseley
This beautiful transitional living room in ivory is very elegant
Beautiful quaint but elegant monochromatic kitchen/eating area by Shannon Bowers..so pretty!

A stunning french vintage inspired dining room by Nicholas Haslam

Pretty and inviting breakfast room by Katherine Newman...love the beige chinoiserie

Tall ceilinged beige dining room is punctuated with a splash of color from the purple orchids on the table, by Peter Marino
A pretty entry with a Swedish light wood table and chairs looks tres elegant by Shannon Bowers

Attractive tone on tone living room is serene and inviting by Thad Hayes
Scott Snyder successfully uses a soft yellow on the walls to accent the neutral furniture

This pretty more rustic but elegant dining room by Fern Santini goes for a tone on tone look and  gets the contrast from the rich woods...very pretty
The beige and neutral upholstery look wonderful against the dark woods on the floors and ceiling beams Traditional Home
A cozy beige bedroom is softly and simply elegant here by Betty Burgess
This pretty living room featuring an informal seating arrangement by Ginger Barber allows for many different types of seating arrangements, love the over sized linen sofa

The stark bone chairs area a nice contrast against the dark of the wide planked floors Traditional Home

This pretty dining room looks like limed oak and has a neutral ivory fabric to keep the neutrality of the room, getting the only color from the beautiful antique Heriz rug...by Paolo Moschino

Soft breezy light colored bedroom gets the only color from the pale blue washed rug by Jim Howard
This attractive monochromatic room blends a few different styles very effectively House Beauitful

This soft tone on tone master bedroom uses a number of different fabrics and textures to add interest to the room by Betsy Burnham
This pretty casually chic bedroom by Ginger Barber goes with tone on tone linens and a light sage colored bench and bed frame
Erin Martin designed this informal dining area in this California home with a fun twist on the chinoiserie inspired china cabinet

Designer Christina Rothman chooses to bring in various textiles to give this tone on tone living room interest but keeping the harmony in the room at the same time

Designer Melissa Rufty gets a simple pop of color in this otherwise beige and gold room with a little pink on the front pillow on the bed

Pretty and cozy beige slipcovered sofa and chairs by Leslie Scaglione

Pretty dining area in slip covered ivory linen makes for a casually elegant space by Leslie Scaglione

Albert Hadley uses touches of soft green in this predominantly beige bedroom

Designer Nancy Price uses this bedrooms tall master bed's dark wood as the contrast in this room against all the lightness....it is very serene

Catby Kincaid designed an all beige room to perfection here with subtle accents of blue and white....love this room
This tone on tone room gets a little added drama with a darker brown sofa and walls by Jim Howard

Oh the power of pillows! Take them away and you have a beige room..but look what they add!
This bright, airy Hamptons bedroom gets bathed in beige.....more art deco, look at the funky lampshades, they appear to be upside down! Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz 
Pretty,inviting seating area in beige and bronze hues is quietly elegant Phoebe Howard

Let me know if any of these beige rooms struck a chord. Have an enchanting day!

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