Timeless Neutrals

When it comes to decorating I love color and pattern more than anything, but every now and then I crave simplified palettes of earthy hues. My mood and appetite for color change throughout the year and I’ve noticed how the beginning of winter makes me want to remove the blues and bring in the browns, clowns and camels. I have a long list of neutral spaces I love and designers like Stephen Sills, Darryl Carter, Nancy Braithwaite, Mark Sikes and Ford Huniford to name just a few, are exceptionally good at creating beautiful layers with texture and neutrals alone. Here are some of the neutral rooms I have loved, and continue to do so, year after year…They truly are beautiful, timeless neutrals!


Darryl Carter

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Stephen Sills 

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Nancy Braithwaite 


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Mark Sikes 

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  1. November 17, 2017 / 8:11 am

    These are lovely images Eva! I especially love neutral rooms with many layers of texture and pattern for interest–like the Mark D Sikes study that you shared. Happy Friday to you!

    • Eva Contreras
      November 17, 2017 / 8:19 am

      Thanks, Elizabeth!

  2. Diana Bier
    November 21, 2017 / 9:26 am

    Wow, gorgeous rooms! I love the way the warm woods contrast with bright white or cream. Greenery also adds to the warmth and organic feel. Of course a room that starts off with incredible architecture and proportion is a dream to decorate.

    • Eva Contreras
      November 21, 2017 / 11:54 am

      You’re absolutely right, Diana! Good bones make life easier for clients and designer 🙂