How a White Palette Makes it Easier to Add Color in Your Home

Adding color to your home is so much easier with a white or neutral color palette. I can’t wait to share how I “neutralized” our home so I could add color easier.

06dddb49-30c6-4fef-9aac-e949983dbcb8Before I started transforming the decor in my home to a farmhouse style, I had a lot of color in my house. My living room was tan with highlights of aqua and my family room was gray, dark red and green. Our master bedroom was themed in yellow with orange highlights. Oh heavens, now that I am writing this I realize how awful it sounds! What was I thinking?

Having lots of color in your home looks nice (ok, maybe not always) but it really makes it difficult to decorate for the seasons and holidays. Trust me, I tried and it was really hard.

So here are a few peeks of my former (aka BEFORE) attempts to decorate with color. Notice my “Christmas” decorations with the aqua and green holiday balls? My holiday Christmas wrap was all in turquoise and white. It was a pretty holiday theme except it just didn’t look and feel like Christmas.


Having a neutral palette in your home is more calming and easy to work with. Hence, the couches in our living room were slipcovered in a white/off-white. The chairs were also slipcovered and sent up to the master bedroom. The drapes came down (thank heavens) as did some of the artwork.

Living room with a neutral palette

You have already seen how our master bedroom is gray and white. 

neutral master bedroom

And it used to look like this. I know you are laughing about now. I know I am.


Our dining room looks like this. It’s neutral but has a very fun color on the walls.

And it used to look like this. Yikes.


With a neutral palette, it is so easy to change pillow covers and add fresh flowers and accessories to add a seasonal theme to a room. When I decorate our home for the holidays, it is so much easier than I imagined! You don’t have to take things away when your room is decorated in neutral colors.  Instead, all you have to do is add color.

Look at our dining room. This is a total transformation for Christmas.

Our master bedroom had a wonderful holiday feel with minimal decor but fun pops of color.

Look how easy it was to decorate our home last spring with orange accents.

Our family room has a very limited palette. I love the comfy, chippy, and comfortable look.

Here is my family room decked out for the holidays. It’s a wonderful difference.

I added a litttle spring decor last Easter to warm up the room.

I hope theswse photos show how simple it was to add color to our neutral decor. I didn’t have to un-do anything. I just added some colorful acents.

I should address how I keep my white furniture looking clean. All of my couches have slipcovers so they can be washed or dry cleaned. Also, in our family room, our couches are typically covered with white vintage quilts. We (and our dog Sport) spend a lot of time in our family room and this helps a ton. I also use Resolve Stain Remover spray and OxiClean to wash our slipcovers. It works perfectly!

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16 Responses

  1. I agree! I’ve kept my living spaces mostly white for years because I love being able to decorate for holidays & have all the colors stand out & not compete with bright decor colors. Love your house & IG feed, I’m a new follower!

  2. I love the changes and I adore your house!!! It’s just beautiful! I’ll bet you wake up every single day with a smile on your face that you live there!!! Just beautiful!!!!

  3. Could you please share the wall paint colors in you family/living room and bed room? Your walls look so nice, as well as the rest of the room!! 🙂

  4. I think you’re being a little hard on yourself. Your house was lovely before you redecorated. Just a different style and decor that was appropriate for that time. Now it’s very much up to date and on trend. All of us “decorators” need to change things up. That’s what keeps the economy chugging along…lol!

  5. I agree about the window coverings. The curtains made the house look more cozy. A little stark and cold without them in my humble opinion. I actually love the house the way you had it!!

  6. I actually purchased the recommended primer/paint you used for the coffee table chest but it never arrived from the company and had to get a refund. Do you recommend any other paint to do a chippy refinish look?


  7. Your home is beautiful! Where did you get your slip covers? Have been looking for neutral skip overs for a chair and the never fit right.

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