DESIGN: Staying Neutral

DESIGN: Staying Neutral

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DESIGN: Staying Neutral

by Linda Mazur

There is often a misconception that decorating in neutrals can be boring. A neutral palette can be far more dynamic than you may believe while creating a calm yet chic space that allows you to introduce drama and personality by way of furniture, lighting, artwork, accessories or design elements such as texture or architecture.

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When working with neutrals one important design element to remember is texture. Texture is a wonderful addition to any space, and a great little design secret. Texture has the ability to add both powerful and simultaneously subtle dimension to a room. Staying in the calmer neutral tones can create a canvass for many great textures such as lush velvets, rough-hewn woods, beautiful natural marbles or richly antiqued metals to name a few. Sometimes, the use of bold colours for your walls can overpower or minimize the textural elements of your space, as opposed to highlighting them. There are a multitude of options available to create your own personality when decorating with neutrals. Reclaimed barnboard and cement accents may be desired by some of us, while others have an affinity for the plushness of a lovely velvet fabric and the elegance of beautiful silks for drapery.

One benefits to working with neutrals is the sense of timelessness that it creates. These subtle tones can enable you to easily highlight new trending colours, accessories and even finishes. The introduction of some boldly coloured toss cushions, great accessories, well-curated furnishings or fun patterns could be just the touch needed to elevate your neutral space to place of distinction.


  • Texture is of the utmost importance when keeping it neutral as it adds interest to your space
  • There are a multitude of shades and hues to work with in the realm of neutrals, don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit
  • Add pops of colour to your neutral spaces
  • Incorporate a wide selection of fabric types and patterns when working with neutrals
  • A touch of black can go a long way when working with neutrals

As a designer I do like to work in neutrals when designing for my clients. I enjoy creating spaces that appear effortless and timeless, offering the flexibility to easily alter the look of their spaces depending on the season, mood or current design trends. A neutral colour scheme can be an investment in your home. Think of it as a stepping stone to an abundant amount of design possibilities when blended with textures, patterns, accent colour, architectural detailing. Whether designing a main living space, bathroom or kitchen staying in a neutral colour palette opens up a world of options that are far from the mundane.

Neutrals create a calmness to our home. A warm and inviting space in which to relax, entertain and live. This classic and lasting approach to design can be far more dramatic than you may have originally thought. When planning your next project consider the charm of the neutrals. You may be surprised by the chic results!

Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.



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