When you think “neutrals,” do you think “boring?” Personally, I’m a huge fan of color, pattern and texture, but as a professional home stager, I recognize the importance of embracing neutral design so that my clients’ homes will appeal to a broad spectrum of potential buyers.
This bedroom was designed and staged in a neutral palette, but it’s far from boring! Here are a few tips to help you embrace the versatility and fun of a neutral palette:
Pile on the texture! When the color palette is neutralized, you get to have more fun playing with texture and pattern. In this example, you’ll see a light and airy white linen bed skirt, antique crocheted pillow covers, white cotton bedding and a heavier, reversible quilt which adds color and pattern. Aside from the crocheted pillows, which are purely decorative, all linens are super-soft and comfy. Never forget that you’re working on a bed, and that comfort is your first priority.
Avoid the “bed-in-a-bag” look, and utilize multiple resources to build your look. For this bed, linens were found at Tuesday Morning (one of my favorite places to find high-quality sheets from Peacock Alley!), One Kings Lane, Bliss Home and Design and Soft Surroundings.
Don’t overlook practicality! This client sleeps with their dog. At night, the white duvet can be folded or removed, and the reversible quilt, which is washing-machine safe, is used as a human and pet-friendly coverlet.
There is room for a little drama and whimsy in the land of neutrals. Accessorize within your chosen color palette, which in this case is white with accents of sea blue, ivory and brown. In this example, note the fun, patterned fabric of the table topper on the night stand, and the accent lamps.
Keep it photo-friendly. Remove personal items and clutter during the staging process, and for the MLS listing photo shoot.