TREND IN DETAIL NEW NEUTRALS
Interior designer Lenka Soares tells us how to work this calming palette
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