As of late, much of the design buzz has been about color. Fuchsia pinks, vivid blues, oranges, and reds are all the rage. While bright hues are great, we shouldn't forget about the perennial chicness of a neutral palette. It takes skill to create a neutral room that is warm and inviting rather than drab and boring. Mixing creams, taupes, beiges, and browns can be just as difficult as working with color. Adding to the versatility of this palette is the fact that a neutral color scheme is inviting to both sexes. Here are a few examples of neutral rooms done well.
The "Money Room" of Mrs. Vincent Astor (so named as this was the room where Brooke Astor oversaw her late husband's charitable foundation), designed by Parish Hadley.
Living Room in the home of decorator Alexa Hampton (House Beautiful, June '02)
Living Room in the home of Frette designer Cristina Azario (House Beautiful, Feb. '02)
Even swinging decorator David Hicks knew the value of a neutral room
Photo at top: Living Room of Mrs. Gilbert Miller, designed by Billy Baldwin