As we close out another year at Terra Firma Home, I can truly say that the current design trends of organic, natural, modern neutrals are right up my alley! I also think that this vibe is perfect for Southern Oregon. We are all very connected to nature here in this beautiful land we call home and transitioning from a chilly winter to our gardens in spring is something for which we all look forward. The great thing about neutrals is that you can add color through your artwork and accessories.
A neutral palette is timeless, which is another important factor if you are decorating a new home or revamping the existing digs. As I peruse my stories written over the last 6 years for Southern Oregon magazine, I realize that my emphasis on timeless design and organic, natural materials is ever-present as it weaves throughout my stories. While pared-back tones can be associated with relaxed, minimalist spaces, they are also incredibly versatile.
This year, we have brought in beautiful sofas in caramel, chocolates, as well as deep charcoals. If you are inclined to bring in some color, then adding in warm spice tones, deep terracotta or indigo is a great compliment to a neutral scheme. It truly offers an endless scope for nuanced, layered looks that are suitable for every room. Using neutral furnishings can also help set the stage for a bold wall color if that is your desire. It’s a very cool look to have deep color on the wall balanced with calm, earthy textures.
The cool greys of the past are now transitioning to warmer undertones like beige, clay and taupe. Establishing a calm, warm palette of neutrals is comforting and is perfect in the environs of Oregon.
Another important element if you are decorating with an earthy scheme is to analyze the textures and layers in your room. You don’t want things to fall flat! One of my favorite items we sell are single pelt sheepskins in tones of cream, chocolate or taupe. Thrown over a chair they add warmth and texture that is soft and deep, which can contrast nicely with smooth walls and wood floors. Creating interest by mixing organic shapes, earthy materials, and matte finish pottery is another way to have your nuance of nature. If you are inclined to stay very monochromatic in your colors, then choosing furniture with striking, sculptural shapes is simple and beautiful.
Texture and neutral schemes can also take shape in how you treat walls. Soft plaster, molding details or modern vertical paneling are great ways to embrace the look. And if you have a home with beautiful architectural features, then using a neutral palette can really show off the details rather than distract.
Lastly, there are some amazing new introductions of furniture for gaming that are gorgeous, warm and fun! An inlay poker table, or a ping pong that doubles as dining are new pieces we have available through the shop. If you ever need a splurge, these are definitely “New Neutrals”!