Get the Look: A Cozy, Neutral, and Modern Apartment
A neutral space can feel cold if it’s too one-note, but by layering in textiles and various shades of neutral (cream, ivory, gray, gold, etc.), you can create a real sense of warmth and visual interest. This Utah apartment designed by husband-wife team Akin Design Studio is a beautiful example of that… and the best thing about it is the look is easy to re-create. Read on below for our tips on getting the look in your own home.
It’s subtle, but one of the most crucial elements of this space is the expansive grayish-white rug. It helps to partition the space and instantly gives the space warmth. Topping it off, the sofa and chairs are upholstered in soft inviting fabrics. A mix of throw pillows and a wool army blanket create visual interest and a cozy, welcoming atmosphere.
It's important to use a variety of finishes and surface materials to keep your neutral space interesting. This can be achieved in accents, such as a galvanized metal magazine rack or a gold tray, or in furniture, such as a bronze bar cart or white powder coated metal bookcases. The best thing is that when you work with neutrals, you don't have to worry about matching much—it all goes together, so long as you don't have too much of one element.
There's no need to be minimal in a neutral space—in most cases, it helps to have layers of accents, textiles, and materials. But if you have a statement piece to show off, such as a large-scale art piece, restrain yourself so you can let it shine. While this dining table has a few accents on it, they're all simple in form and very subtle. This leaves our attention where it should be: that amazing abstract painting.
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