Decorating with a Neutral Palette

Styling Tips

A neutral palette can create a serene aesthetic for any living space. In order to successfully achieve it, consider incorporating textures and layering different materials which will help make a neutral color palette pop. I also love working with organic materials to add a bold statement to the room. Here, I layered a jute area rug, a teak root coffee table, and the clean white cotton sofa to act as the backdrop for a beautiful canvas. I then add cozy elements like decorative pillows and a couple of throw blankets to soften the other textures.

When it comes to wall decor, there is a lot you can do to make a large wall look proportional. The art shown above is one of my favorite pieces of work from the Sag Harbor based photographer, Alyssa Peek. At a first glance, you might think this piece is a painting, yet it is actually a photograph. Alyssa typically shoots beachscapes using a slow shutter speed in order to give it this abstract effect. The sun kissed waves washing on the shore are an inviting aspect to this living space. Natural lampakanai rope wall pendants flank the art piece which helps to make proportion and balance.

The final layer, accessories! Adding accessories is always the fun part and when I think the room finally comes together. Coffee table books are always a good start. Some of my favorites to incorporate are the Travel Series books from Assouline which consist of pictures from exotic destinations all over the world. The books are a piece of art themselves, and make a perfect accent piece for a coffee table. Finish it off with a serving tray, decorative boxes, a favorite candle, and a hand-crafted picture frame to create a pleasing and functional coffee table setting. All together, textured details, softer elements, layering decorative pieces and accessories will make a neutral space more exciting.

All items shown above are available to shop at Saltwater House.

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