The trendy and the timeless don’t always come together. Our favorite bright-colored carpets and patterned wallpapers from the seventies just didn’t survive their decade— except in ‘That ’70s Show’. Gone is the faux wood paneling found in so many eighties homes (though a tasteful, modern take on wood paneling can make for an inspiring space). We’ve said goodbye to the prints, patterns and painting techniques of the nineties.
But the recent trend of layering subtle neutrals may be a more lasting look than the trends of previous decades. As celebrity designer Erinn Valencich says, “There is nothing more timeless than layers and layers of neutrals. It’s a classic look that truly never goes out of style.”
Creating a beautifully-designed neutral room is easy! Start with these tips from the Quick•Step Style Team and Valencich.
Set the scene with the perfect base.
“The light, creamy hues and detailed textures of Summer Pine from Quick•Step’s Envique Collection are a great complement to a neutral room,” says Valencich.
“The design and surface textures of Summer Pine follow the look of natural wood in every way, complete with characteristic knots, graining, and color variation for a timeless look that really helps set the foundation for a neutral room. Summer Pine makes a room feel brighter and more spacious, while providing an earthy, natural look. The long, wide planks are also on-trend with the most popular looks in premium, high- end hardwood flooring.”
Find your favorite style and color scheme.
The modern neutral look gives you so much freedom, according to Valencich. “The growing appeal of using a neutral palette also lends itself to so many design styles. Whether you prefer country chic, sleek and modern, or something in between, the flexibility of colors like soft taupe, creamy white, honey blonde or sandy beige provides the perfect base for building a room design.”
Create subtle contrasts.
You’re working with a neutral palette, but it doesn’t have to be limiting. Valencich recommends using a variety of colors and patterns, from light pastels to beiges and greys, to create depth in your space. Pairing a dark tone with a light tone –or adding splashes of color here and there—are a great way to subtly texturize a room.