A neutral palette makes for a peaceful retreat for Little Rock designer and homeowner Amber Doggett. Over five years, she and her husband gathered inspiration for the design of their family’s new Benton home. “At this point in my life,” says Doggett, “I really felt like I needed a place that’s calming and tranquil.” She included dressy details in the master bedroom, from the scalloped lattice pattern on the draperies to the gold and ivory Lili Alessandra damask coverlet and the mirrored detail on the tufted headboard. We’ve gathered items to help you get the look. Read the full story online here or find a copy of the August issue on newsstands.
Homeowner Bill Hardin came back to the neighborhood where he grew up to find this historic Fayetteville home, which he renovated with the design guidance and expertise of Dale Trice of Florida. In the living room, pleated linen draperies recede against the soft white walls. A pearlized paint finish highlights the room’s original millwork, which was also left intact during the renovation. The French painting of a jazz musician is from Boswell Mourot Fine Art. “Mr. Hardin has a very keen eye for design,” says Trice, “he wanted the interiors to feel updated; not necessarily modern or traditional, but somewhere in the middle.” Find more before photos of the rest of the home and read the full story online here or find a copy of the May issue on newsstands.
I love using neutrals in my home, but I still want it to feel fresh and up to date. Are there any popular neutrals that you can recommend?
Leslie, Pine Bluff
Thanks for writing in to us! This is a great question and one that Iâm sure lots of other people wonder about as well. Neutrals are a classic look that can always be in style, but I am continuing to see gray as a very popular color. Here are three of my favorite shades for living and sleeping spaces.
Pearl Gray (Sherwin Williams 0052) is a light, fresh shade of the color.
Silvermist (Sherwin Williams 7621) offers a shade that has lots of blue undertones.
Uncertain Gray (Sherwin Williams 6234) provides more saturated color.
Recently, there has also been a huge trend toward âgreige,â or a mix of gray and beige tones. Greige is popping up everywhere, but itâs especially hot on kitchen cabinetry.
Here are a few of my top Greige picks.
Morris Room Grey, SW0037
Universal Khaki, SW6150
Amazing Gray 7044
Last, but not least, if you want something deeper choose a charcoal gray. You can use it as a wall color to create a cozy look or in accents. It also pairs well with brights if you like to accent with a few pops of color here and there. One of my favorite combinations is charcoal and yellow. You can pair a deep wall color with accents like the ones I use in my Home collection.
[From top left: Grizzle Gray SW7068 paint chip, Venus, Atlas and Athens pillows from Tobi Fairley Home, Rothesay Lantern from Tobi Fairley Home and Bistro, Athens and Marrakech fabrics.]
I hope this ânewâ neutral is just what youâre looking for in your home!