I’ve always enjoyed color.  I admit, when we moved into our smallish home 30 years ago {I was but a child :-)} a designer friend of mine gave me some very good advice.  She recommended that I choose a color palate and use it as a guide with each room.  A small house, she explained, will feel more spacious if there’s some uniformity within the overall décor.  {Thank you, Gretchen} I would say it has worked well for us.  I’ve always kept the baseboards, door casings, raise paneled doors, paned windows and French doors painted the same white throughout the house (Antique White to begin with, Porcelain now).

Karen B. Family Room1

Karen B. red check sofaMaybe the sofa IS looking a little tired, it’s not that old but it does see a lot of wear.

Karen B. French doors, Royal Dalton plates

Overall I had a cohesive color scheme that originated with hunter green as the bold color for carpet and even the walls of the family room.  Later, as we added oak wood flooring throughout, the carpet was changed to a neutral and kept only in the bedrooms.  Years passed and I needed a change.  I switched the color combination to red, khaki and black, and boldly painted our family room and kitchen Benjamin Moore, Classic Burgundy.  That was probably over 15 years ago.  I bet you can see where this is heading.

Karen B. Family room2

I’ve recently been attracted to neutral rooms.  I don’t want to go overboard with a neutral palate, and with budget constraints and upholstered furniture that isn’t overly worn or in need of re-upholstery work, will remain as it is right now.  But somewhere down the line I think I’d like the family room and kitchen walls painted a taupe/gray.  I would also love to introduce a bit more blue and white.  As you can tell from the photographs, I’ve got a few items but I could see blue and white ginger jars on the mantle, maybe a neutral sofa at some far-off date, with some blue and white tapestry or other fabric pillows.

Tina’s shop at The Enchanted Home had these lovelies:

…and the most recent online issue of Lonny Magazine featured Christy Ford’s home, the author of …and George blog…isn’t this lovely…

Lonny Magazine

There’s been no end to the inspiring neutral rooms and as I said, I believe I’ll always want color but I would like a change, and with it, maybe some calm in my surroundings.  Early inspiration came from fellow blogger Joan, for the love of a house.  I found the room’s of her restored farm house to be what my mind’s eye had envisioned…

for the love of a house

for the love of a house

John Saladino creates an understated beauty with his simple and neutral rooms.

This next room (I believe I found the image on Cote de Texas) features burlap curtains, but it’s the casual comfort and neutral color palate  the room displays that draws my attention.

I fell in love with Michael Bastian’s apartment when adventures in tartanscot shared some of the space with his readers.

This room from a post at The Enchanted Home has neutral and blue and white touches {sigh}

The Enchanted Home

I would love beams in our home, I have one that was created when we remodeled but check this dining room found at Ivy Clad…so pretty AND neutral.

Ivy Clad

Any Pam Pierce room is beautiful, this one is especially remarkable.

Mary Ann at Classic Casual Home lives in California, as do I, and I’ve noticed she shares some beautiful rooms, many of them have this neutral look I’m talking about, like…

And this final image I can’t recall where it’s from, but it sure is pretty.

{via Maison Decor}

I will always lean towards some amount of color within the room’s decor, but I might be ready for a more neutral palate.

All input and opinions are welcome.  Share your thoughts with me, I love our chats!

xo, Karen

I’ve attached the link to the image above, {thanks to my blog friend, Kifus, at Inspiring Interiors)

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