Decorating is all about creating a feeling that reflects the way you live and helps you enjoy your home to the fullest. Whether you prefer laid-back, cozy or formal designs, color will affect the atmosphere of each room and your home overall.
Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn, never one to shy away from bold and vibrant colors, tapped into a growing trend that redefines which colors can be considered neutrals. For many years, the all-white, gray, or greige palette set the standard for neutrals, but The HGTV Urban Oasis® 2019 invites us to consider pale blue or black as a neutral backdrop.
Immersing occupants in unexpected colors by painting all walls, the window trim and the ceiling the same color significantly changes a room’s vibe. Likewise, Flynn also shows how color accents can have a similar effect, giving the chromo-phobic permission to take baby steps toward more color-forward décor.
To complete these colorful designs, Flynn tapped into the wide range of colors available from LEVOLOR® for the home’s window shades. See how you can use window coverings, paint, and other home accents to make color a part of your next room makeover with these inspired tips.
Make blue your neutral
In The HGTV Urban Oasis 2019 master bedroom, Flynn went with a tonal color palette choosing blue as a neutral for its calming effect. With the walls, window trim, and ceiling painted light blue and matching custom LEVOLOR Motorized Tweed Ratan Blue Roller Shades, the eye can rest and relax.
Why is blue considered a neutral? Our eyes are used to seeing it in the background because it’s so common to nature: Think light blue skies, steel blue lakes, navy blue ocean views, and deep blue night skies. Flynn layers in some deeper blues in the artwork, throw blankets and decorative pillows to round out the monochromatic scheme.
If a blue, green, or dark gray neutral color palette is on the horizon for your next room makeover, explore LEVOLOR’s complementary window coverings and order free swatches.
Use black and white to create uncluttered simplicity
While some may view a black-and-white color scheme to be formal, Flynn uses it in the living room, dining room, and mudroom with its adjacent powder room to create a sense of uncluttered simplicity. Hygge (pronounced hoo-guh), after all, is about paring down to the essentials. Flynn chose LEVOLOR Custom Light-Filtering Black Cellular Shades, which create simple color blocks when extended and blend with the black window frames when retracted.
The boldly colored shades create a focal point for the living room, and juxtaposing sophisticated black with more rustic elements such as wood furniture and natural fiber macramé creates a timeless look.
When extended, these shades create a sense of being enveloped, softening the sunlight during warmer months and keeping the cold at bay in the winter. Like your favorite sweater or poolside cover-up, they perform a simple task that makes everything better.
Moderate bold colors with natural materials
Flynn painted the walls and ceiling in the guest bedroom black, continuing the redefinition of neutral colors. With its woven bamboo fibers and brown hues, LEVOLOR Custom Natural Shades in Espresso help soften the heavier elements to bring balance to the bedroom.
Available in 20 textured fabrics, natural shades also layer in a natural design element Incorporating natural materials is an essential part of hygge: from rough-hewn wood flooring to knitted wool blankets. Custom LEVOLOR Room-Darkening Natural Shades in Espresso, textured fabric woven with bamboo fibers, layers in a natural design element.
Take colorful baby steps
If you’re in love with The HGTV Urban Oasis 2019 but feel nervous about committing to a bold use of color in your home, take small steps to see if it’s right for you. Consider Flynn’s design in the home office, where he painted the ceiling pale pink and layered other rosy hues onto a white background below.
LEVOLOR Custom Light-Filtering Cellular Shades in Seclusions White soften the light and blend into white walls, allowing the room’s colorful accents to shine. Or, consider painting a smaller space as Flynn did in the master bedroom closet, which boasts a saturated dusty pink.
Check out our swatch library and order 10 free swatches to better understand how new shades or blinds would look in your home.