Nature's Neutral Living Room
As much as I love a palette of patterns and search for rooms of bold colors on Pinterest, I am often too intimidated at the thought of filling our own living room with an abundance of shades and hues. It’s the first room you walk into at our home, and therefore, we decided to go for a toned down approach, while mixing in a pop of pattern and color with some of our original Post House Design exclusives. Our living room is inspired by a palette of natural colors with neutral overtones - stones, rose pinks, cloudy greys and blues.
If you know me, you know I love to make a mood board. Every room in our house has had an inspiration board made before we get started designing. Some of the items in the Mood Board below are pieces from our own living room that we love, and others are pieces I have stumbled across that would be a fabulous addition.
One of the best investments we made was for our CR Laine sofa. It’s custom made in a Crypton fabric, and took a handful of months to arrive, but it was totally worth the wait. Of course, we went for a simple, neutral color as I knew I’d be swapping out pillows constantly on the sofa during its lifetime. The lines and simplicity of the Douglas Sofa
make it the perfect transitional piece for a living room. I am a huge fan of the CR Laine brand and with the quality of their products. This is a piece that will last many years.
An eclectic piece that we picked up on a whim was this Waterfall Inlay Console Table by Anthropologie at the Final Cut Outlet in Augusta, GA. Side note, if you haven’t been to Final Cut and are within a days drive of this Anthro outlet - stop reading this article and head there now! It’s a gold mine for finding unique pieces of furniture and decor at amazing prices. We fell in love with this console table as soon as we saw it. It's loud, but understated at the same time. And we knew its versatility would work with our varied design styles.
Our comfy armchairs were actually a hand-me down from my parents. They were upholstered in a (slightly dated) floral fabric. So we gave them new life and had them re-upholstered in a deep stone colored Crypton fabric that has a bit of a sheen to it. Of course, the pillows on our armchairs get swapped out often as well.
Let's talk about lamps. I LOVE lamps - especially oversized ones. One of my favorite lighting manufacturers is Circa Lighting, though they tend to be out of my price range. However, I have picked up some fabulous lighting fixtures for around our house at their Warehouse Sale, including the Parisienne Lamp. This hefty lamp holds down any table that it's on, but its simplicity doesn't overdo it.
Another lamp I spotted recently, seen on the mood board above, is the Mills Reef Lamp
designed by Madcap Cottage. The gourd shape mixed with its hand-painted strokes are the perfect complement to each other.
One of my favorite new arrivals to Post House that I would love to see in a neutral space are our collection of "Empress" Prints. These four portraits are available in the size of your choice and have a beige and brown palette with hints of blues, greens and pinks. Frame these ladies in a modern gold frame or weathered brown frame and they will flow with either style. This colorway series are available as June
. The "Empress" series is also an affordable way to bring unique art into your home with prints starting at just $20.
And of course, we can't forget about the pillows! Pillows are something so simple and affordable that can make such an instant impact in a space. For a neutral focused space with a little dash of color - I am all about mixing our Ritual Pillow
with the Leopold Pillow
in Greige. The beige undertones of Ritual pull in the grey and brown palette of Leopold perfectly - plus, I love mixing a small print with an oversized one. Pair a 22" Ritual Pillow with a 20" Leopold Pillow for good layering.
Oftentimes, I will think about the design of a room solely from a rug. It's typically the large piece that holds a room together, so it can play a big role in the aesthetic of a space. The Giada Rug
by Loloi is the perfect addition to a room that is focused on a neutral palette with a slight play on color. The color palette is inspiring and the blush majority will rule the room.