Who cares what experts say? It's your house. You're the one who has to live in it. Let your personal preferences guide you in creating rooms you love. Use our simple tips to make yourself right at home.
Rule 1: Don't Do All-Neutral Rooms
Low-intensity hues, including beige, taupe and other neutrals, get a bad rap, but they are easy on the eye, calming and serene. The key is to incorporate plenty of variety—note the wicker lamp, leather end table and subtle wallpaper print in this room—while staying within the subdued palette.
Make It Work:
• Employ different shades of the tone, ranging from off-white to brown.
• Use an array of textures including wood, wicker, velvet, nubby fabrics and metals.
• Add tone-on-tone pattern to the scheme with fabric and wallpaper.