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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Understated Neutral


Sometimes the most elegant rooms of all are the ones that are totally understated and neutral.  I love color, and have had so many different color schemes in my livingroom, but I love a neutral base.  I am not a white person, so for me neutral is soft creams and buttery camel underton light beiges.  I have a lot of neutral pillows and usually mix them with pillows of brighter colors and patterns. I decided to create a neutral scheme for the beginning of spring.

Cream and Camel, just a simple soft color scheme.

















Soft and neutral.  I really like it for a change.  How about you, do you like a neutral color scheme?

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41 comments:

  1. I like it. I also like the carafe arrangement.

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  2. Beautiful Marty love your soft neutral colors! Oh yes I am a white girl for sure but I still love adding bits of color too :-)
    xx
    Anne

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  3. Marty, your lovely living room looks like a wonderful place to relax and calm the spirit!!
    Mary Alice

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  4. Looks so pretty Marty....I love the neutrals too!

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  5. Love that couch! And the color scheme! Can easily add a "Pop" of color with accessories!

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  6. Your living room always looks gorgeous, Marty. The neutral scheme looks pretty. I love that huge mirror. I bet it reflects a lot of light and makes the room feel brighter. laurie

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  7. Such a beautiful room and I love the colour scheme. Just gorgeous!!!

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  8. I too like neutrals it just has a simple elegance to it....your living room looks very nice, but it always does.

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  9. Marty, I'm with you. I don't think there is anything prettier or more serene thn a room done in soft neutrals. I've always been a fan of your living room though, it's always so comfortably elegant.

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  10. I love soft neutral colors and wood finished furniture, like in your lovely and elegant living room...I am not a white person either! Thanks for sharing. Big hugs,
    FABBY

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  11. Wow, Marty, I love this but do you ever sit here?? It looks so perfect.
    Suzyq

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  12. No matter what, your living room is always beautiful!! I love neutral color schemes, but not a fan of white scapes....also like monochromatic.....very elegant with the wood tones.....

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  13. Your pillows look so pretty on your sofa, Marty. I like a neutral wall color now. I had a lot of color in our old house, but have been enjoying the light tan color on the walls here in the condo. When we freshen up the paint this year, I will probably stay neutral; I just might go a shade darker. It works out great with our open floor plan and I like to bring in color with my accessories and other decor.

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  14. I do love neutrals, and I love the way you do them in particular. That room is really lovely to me. I have been on a neutralizing mission at the homeplace for about three years now. The place looks SO MUCH better.

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  15. I like neutrals as I belive they create a cozy welcoming atmosphere tht no bright colour can create.

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  16. I think we have the same couch Mary! I like a monochromatic color scheme too. My kids laugh, because in a moment of madness, I bought a red rug that was super discounted for the living room years ago. I put it down in front of that couch and it was such a punch of color! For a while, I thought that red rug had destroyed my life, LOL. Every thing in that room was neutral, off white, or pale yellow. This new red rug was way too dramatic for me, but this monochromatic girl has learned to love it. I still have that rug down and added some touches of red (red pillows) on that couch. You're so right about the neutral base. I can always take up that rug, but it's made me think about being more daring with my color. (So far it hasn't happened in the rest of the house though, LOL).

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  17. Your neutrals are lovely. Beautiful as always.

    Cynthia

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  18. You have a beautiful home, Marty...Christine

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  19. Love your neutrals Marty...such a soft and serene feel and I always just admire your gorgeous crystal!! Have a great day Marty!

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  20. The neutrals you chose for your home, truly warms the space and makes it more inviting Marty. your living room is gorgeous!

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  21. I love color, but I like to add it to neutral shades. My rooms are in taupe, my sofas espresso...I do have more color in my home than you do, but I can easily put it away and be just taupe, brown and white. I think for me, neutral rooms like yours are more calming and soothing. I tried a busy colored print on my sofas when we bought this house 10 years ago and my furniture made me nervous. It is hard to explain, but the busy pattern for me, wasn't restful. You have a lovely home.

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  22. Marty,
    Exquisite!!!
    Those who are staging model homes could benefit from your design talents, dear friend!!!
    I'm a Traditionalist that thrives on color!
    Recently, I've enjoyed toning down some of the hues and relaxing with a few more neutrals!
    Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  23. Very pretty, Marty. I like that your rooms have good bones and the ability to have simple changes.

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  24. Looks wonderful, Marty. Classic and elegant never goes out of style.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  25. Gorgeous room! The neutral is beautiful, classic, and calming! Would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 5 Blogs! http://www.rainonatinroof.com/2013/04/give-me-goods-monday-3-link-party.html
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  26. I like your neutrals. I'm looking at a new sofa and I'm going to go with something more neutral and no obvious pattern like I have now. I've seen how you can change your look with pillows which I like a lot!

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  27. I'm glad you love your space! I'm so not a beige person. My idea of neutral is grey :) But my house is full of color!

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  28. Hi Marti,

    Your living room is beautiful! I agree with you that a neutral color scheme is very elegant, and I also think it's restful and serene. I enjoy seeing a neutral color scheme in other people's homes, but to be honest, I've never had one in our home. I just truly love color, but I try not to overdo it. :)

    You're so talented to be able to make all your pretty throw cushions! I'm taking a sewing class right now, and hopefully I'll be able to make some for myself one day.

    Visiting from Home and Garden Thursday -- have a wonderful week!

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  29. Love your neutrals, Marty! I love color, too. But I've learned over the years that having a neutral backdrop makes changing things around so much simpler. Your room is lovely!

    Jeanette

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  30. As we are downsizing and moving into a small cottage, I plan on using neutrals to fool the eye. Pops of color and of course, mirrors like you used, to open the space up and bring in light. So excited to get working on this home. Today is the inspection so I hope all goes well! Loved your post!

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  31. That's what I love about you, Marty ... one day, you can have your beautiful coral, brown and cream palette ... the next day, you can bring in splashes of blue ... and, then, you can celebrate a simple, neutral color scheme! And, with each new look, your spaces look incredible! I love the pillows and your vignette is lovely!

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  32. Beautiful, Marty! With neutrals it's easy to change the look with pillows and accessories. You are a pro at that. Thanks for sharing your pretty living room at the Open House party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  33. I love a neutral color scheme, Marty. beautiful.
    xo
    Laura

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  35. It is truly beautiful. The colors are so soft and warm.
    Hope you'll come join AMAZE ME MONDAY this next week Marty!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  36. It is very pretty Marty! I love the neutral colors!

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  37. Very elegant! Thanks for sharing at Give Me the Goods Monday! Hope you party with us agian enxt week!

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  38. As always...beautiful and elegant. Your living room looks cozy, inviting and restful. Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  39. You always do such a marvelous job - your cream, buttery neutral colors lend themself so well to all your decor changes - you're very good also at creating tabletop vignettes...hmmm... Tabletops is your thing isn't it :D I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Party
    Kathy

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