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The feeling’s neutral

9 November 2020

Our guide to creating a tonal interior.
neutral interiors

We’ve all been there – none the wiser after hours of looking at different shades of paint, agonising over what colour scheme to choose for the latest redecorating project. Go dark for a bold statement or stick with what we know - a safe, white blank canvas?

Fortunately, there is a solution - timeless neutrals. In this guide we’ll show you how to utilise a neutral colour palette to make your interior warm, full of life and anything but boring.

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A powerful curve of steam bent wood bonds structure and aesthetic. Marrying Tom Raffield craftsmanship with Danish design principles, the Arbor Armchair defies nature with startling simplicity.
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Our Arbor Sofa invites you to take a moment for yourself, and feel the expert craftsmanship beneath your fingers. Demanding the concentration of three skilled makers, solid Pyrénéen oak yields with breath taking results.

Layer up

Neutral tones are essentially a blank canvas on which you can express yourself. Just like classic white, they become the foundation to a room that can be maximised by building up layers and textures. Neutral, tonal walls allow you to create a timeless base in which to add interest with lighting and furniture designs.

Our Upholstered Furniture Range is made with the highest quality bespoke fabrics, lending a softness to any space. Available in four different standard fabrics, and with the option to choose from hundreds of bespoke colours and  patterns, pieces such as the Beeble Pouffe and Arbor Armchair could be the perfect thing to bring your neutral interior to life.

Six swells of sustainable, steam bent oak or walnut wood rise up and flow in undulating grace to create the Drift Pendant. Interwoven and underpinned by brass rivets to a striking central structure of seasoned plywood, each handcrafted timber wave bends to mesmerise and delight.

Mix Wood Types

A neutral backdrop gives you the license to experiment with different tones within your choice of home accessories. We handcraft our lighting collections in oak, ash and walnut wood - so you can decide which tone best suits your space. We also love mixing wood types for a rustic, laid back aesthetic.

For example - opt for an oak lightshade to contrast with a walnut floor lamp and add in hints of ash wood (in the form of our ash accessories collection) for an interesting, dynamic look.

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Shaped from supple ash wood, the fluid curves of our circular Housel Shelf challenge everyday linear storage solutions.

Lundy Shelf. Two curvaceous lengths of ash mimicking twisted leather straps, support a solid wood shelf with brushed brass details, creating an intuitive place to store books, plants and accessories.

Create depth

Part of the appeal of choosing neutral tones is the opportunity for adding depth to your interior without overcrowding it. Displaying lots of homewares that share the same muted colour pallete and material (e.g. wood) will create a calm and considered display rather than objects that compete for attention against each other. Minimally designed shelving, accessories and hooks handcrafted from wood are great ways of adding more and more interest, creating a rich, sophisticated aesthetic within your space. 

Our new Ash Accessories Collection is full of surprising and intuitive ways to add depth to your interior. Our Lundy Shelf offers contemporary storage with a clever twist, while our Burgh Coat Hook is a great way to save space.

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A sleek crescent of steam bent oak shoulders a striking rounded mirror. Effortlessly elegant, the free standing Tilner Mirror is a minimalist design worthy of reflection.

Add Reflection

If you're looking to decorate your home with neutral tones, chances are that you're seeking to create an interior that’s low maintenance, calming and relaxing to live in. An important part of this process is curating space – ensuring that rooms are light and airy. Mirrors are a great way of making your home brighter as they bounce light around the room creating the illusion of space.

Our Lusow Mirror offers a simple aesthetic to suit a variety of spaces, plus a choice of a brown or black leather strap to suit your own style.

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An elegant steam bent curve draws together to create a distinctive, teardrop-shaped mirror. Meaning ‘ash’ in Cornish, the Lusow Mirror is true to its roots and offers a simple aesthetic to suit a variety of spaces.
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Merryn Floor Standing Planter - sixteen elliptical blades of twisting steam bent oak stand shoulder to shoulder in striking spherical conduct to support a nestled, handmade earthenware bowl.
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Morvah Ceiling Hanging Planter. Signature, singular, strong. A steam bent piece of solid oak loops around and embraces a hand-glazed earthenware bowl creating a unique, indoor hanging planter.

Introduce foliage

Choosing neutral tones for your interior doesn’t have to mean abandoning colour altogether. One great way of splashing colour around a neutral space, without overwhelming it, is by introducing houseplants. Layer neutral tones such as greys, creams and muted blues with greenery to create a dynamic living space.

We particularly love how our Merryn Floor Standing Planter looks styled with luscious green foliage and our new compact Mawnan Planter decorated with dried floral arrangements. Suspending plants at different heights adds interest and texture to your neutral aesthetic and truly brings it to life.



shop the green range

Discover our exclusive new range of innovative, steam bent indoor planters that celebrate the fusion of traditional craftsmanship and nature. From Ceiling to Wall and Floor Standing designs that summon nature inside, there's something to suit every space.

Posted: 09.11.20
Updated: 15.04.21

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