Design TipsThe Shades That Never Go Out

The Shades that never go out

Intentional Midwest Living

Colors come and go but neutrals stand the test of time.

 

They offer understated beauty. They set the foundation for accent colors that can change with season or over time. But most importantly, they allow your treasured pieces – those that tell your story – to step into the spotlight.

 

We get asked about color most frequently when it comes to choosing wall paint and backsplash tile. Our clients often want to know whether they should opt for a shade of white or grey or greige or some other earthy tone. Or will that be boring? Should they go bold with a color?

 

Trendy, vibrant colors and patterns are always tempting. They are often seen as a way to personalize a space … to show your style … to set your project apart from all other projects. And, quite frankly, they are sometimes the perfect statement.

 

But more often than not, the neutral option provides the understated elegance that allows you to express yourself in a more authentic way. A neutral palette often lets you be you!

 

I like to think about your home’s style as a well-curated collection of your travels. We’ve all navigated an individual path that has brought us to this unique point in time. Along the way, we’ve all accumulated those forever pieces from those forever moments. A trip. A time. A pause along your path.

 

Those travels may include items repurposed from generations past, framed artwork and photographs or treasured items from people or places near and far.

But more often than not, the neutral option provides the understated elegance that allows you to express yourself in a more authentic way. A neutral palette often lets you be you!

Look around your own home. Chances are your story has crafted a collection of meaningful items that represent a similar aesthetic. Textures of woods that are similar in style. Colors that fall into certain families. Items that represent a given design flair. They “go” together because they represent … you! Now imagine those favorite pieces gathered together on a wall. On a shelf. On a table. Within a room. How you encounter those rich reminders of your own story depends greatly on the stage you’ve set. Do they compete with their background? Do they struggle to be seen? Do they tell a different story than their surroundings? The neutral palette offers a subdued backdrop to let the real stars of the story – you and your loved ones – step forward. It’s intentional. It’s powerful. Think supporting cast. Think back-up singers. Think offensive line. Without those, no star is able to shine.

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