The Pared-Down Palette

Just as there is a time and place for an abundance of color, sometimes perfection is found in a more pared-down palette. Clean, calming, and undeniably sophisticated, as the above space by Atlanta’s Robert Brown Interior Design shows, a statement can be made by simply putting it in neutral and letting the pieces do the talking.

With gorgeous natural light and beautiful floors and fixtures, this space by Denver’s Nadia Watts is perfectly adorned with furniture bearing clean lines and a subdued palette. The varying shapes and scale of the seating make the area feel well collected and welcoming.

A soothing mix of browns and creams make this bedroom by Nashville’s Landy Gardner Interiors a handsome retreat. The carved headboard and monogrammed linens add interest without being overpowering in a room of similar hues.

White, grey, and brown hues converge in this serene space by Atlanta’s McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier. The neutral palette and symmetrical elements provide the perfect backdrop for the large painting in warm tones and layered books and objects.

Perfect pieces for a room with an understated palette: An X-frame antique leather Dante chair available from Northern New Jersey’s Great House Bonny Neiman and “View East from Downtown,” a painting by Isabelle Abbot available from Richmond’s Page Bond Gallery.

Above, a room by Baltimore-based Jay Jenkins of Jenkins Baer Associates photographed by Ron Blunt wonderfully illustrates the potential of a neutral palette. We love the way the hues in the artwork are echoed by the pillow, adding just the right dose of color to a light-filled space done in shades of cream and brown.

How stunning is this piece by New Orleans-based painter Amanda Talley? The work, done on birch panel, is captivating, and would bring a wonderful sense of movement to any space.

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