I really love and gravitate toward neutrals. White, ivory, earthy greens and antique golds and oil-rubbed bronze. I believe that if the furniture and art and other decor are interesting enough, an all-neutral space can certainly be pulled off. Neutral rooms are calming and soft and feel natural.
But I also think it's fun to add in splashes of color, and fun textures and materials like metals, or old, antique wood. Most recently, I've began to embrace patterns and I love how they have mixed into our eclectic style. Here are some snapshots from around our living room.
This tribal blanket is incredibly soft and I think it pops against the ivory chair. The pattern feels both modern and ancient to me. I love that.
I wanted a funky pot for this aloe plant that I got at the farmer's market. Orange is normally not a color I love (not a bit!) but this particular orange is more of a coral, and it's offset by the ivory and the antique "crackle" look.
We got this black and white striped throw when we first moved here. It's classic yet contemporary, and it looks nice against the tray, too.
Too much of this toile would not be good--the French country style is lovely but can be a little overpowering if taken too far. But when I rest this little handmade pillow against my metal Tolix chair, which sits by my 1936 piano, the result is a happy mix of rustic and industrial, antique and retro.
Tell me about the patterns in your home! Do you love neutrals, or do colors make you happy? I'd love to hear.