TREND IN DE­TAIL NEW NEU­TRALS

In­te­rior de­signer Lenka Soares tells us how to work this calm­ing pal­ette

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Homes -

Neu­tral and light colours make a space ap­pear big­ger, and you won’t get bored of them as eas­ily as you might brighter shades. Plus, you can add art and dec­o­ra­tive ob­jects that will pro­vide in­ter­est, jolt­ing the scheme just enough with­out feel­ing jar­ring. Think tonal shades – the own­ers of this house would never have a red pil­low, for ex­am­ple, they love quiet colours. In liv­ing rooms, I al­ways like to cover one of the chairs in a dif­fer­ent colour. In this project, the sofa was an off-white leather, so we went with a blue vel­vet for the arm­chair. Tex­ture is the key to keep­ing a pale scheme in­ter­est­ing. I usu­ally opt for tex­tiles with a matt fin­ish, rarely silks or shiny fab­rics. In this home, I chose a neu­tral linens for the cur­tains, plus cot­ton and soft fab­rics for the so­fas and pil­lows. The ad­di­tion of a leather chair or wall panel, and suede de­tail­ing on fur­ni­ture, adds more tex­ture.

This home’s sen­su­ously soft, neu­tral back­drop of browns and creams al­lows the own­ers’ art and fur­ni­ture to sing

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