Nice & Neutral
One of my favourite parts of the design process is what I call programming. This is the question and answer portion with clients, or the "getting to know you" time. Being involved in the design or decoration of someone's house is a very personal thing. For example, in bathroom renovations one of my first questions is always "are you a shower or a bath person?" This might be a little blunt for someone I may be meeting for the first time however, helps me establish where we should be saving and splurging in a bathroom to maximize the budget and create the best possible space for the client. To me this is a very interesting part of the design process. Learning about how people use their space, what makes them comfortable, and what makes them tick. But, despite the unique challenges of every project, and drastically different taste each person has, it always amazes me how completely different people can often have similar requests. One of these things is neutrals. Probably my most requested colour palette is a neutral one. I think the largest reason for this is that people feel more comfortable making investment purchases (i.e. large pieces of upholstery) in neutral tones that have difficulty falling out of style and are easy to live with for long periods of time. This is a very understandable approach, and one I have taken in areas in my own home. Unfortunately, sometimes I think that the choice for a neutral palette is a result of the fear of taking risks (which in my books is a big no-no!) Having fun with your interior and trying out unique things (even if they sometimes don't work) is how you create memorable, unique and timeless spaces.
I have rounded up a few of my favourite spaces that while all being completely neutral, exhibit a little risky behaviour that keeps them interesting. Whether it's an unexpected shape or contrast, an interesting mix of texture and pattern or emphasizing architectural elements, every space needs some drama!