House Tour: A Study In Neutrals

  • 01 of 09

    Perfect Symmetry

    Houston-based interior designer, Paloma Contreras, is known for her style that provides a modern spin on traditional design. The award-winning designer who has crafted beautiful spaces in Houston and beyond, is also known for her interior design blog, La Dolce Vita, that focuses on polished and refined aesthetics.

    Contreras' special blend of luxury and comfort can be seen in one of her latest projects, the design of a family home in Houston, Texas. The 5,000 square foot home has been designed with a neutral palette that is anything but dull. Pieces from enviable design brands have been brought in to create a rich and layered interior that's also perfect for the busy family that lives within. The end result is a  fresh, modern, and polished interior to call home. 

    In the living room a pair of extra-long Verellen sofas sit across from each other, separated by Celerie Kemble’s Karl-Springer-inspired coffee table. Scalamandre Tigre Velvet pillows add a fun touch of animal print to the living room. Floating above the space is a sculptural chandelier by Jonathan Browning, while a wall of windows is dressed in custom draperies featuring decorative trim by Mary McDonald and custom lucite and brass hardware.


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  • 02 of 09

    Foyer Glamour

    Contreras has thoughtfully designed every space in this home. No room has been left unaddressed. The lady of the home requested neutral shades for the interior design, not liking an abundance of color, and Contreras delivered. In each space, layers of texture, art and textiles create environments that are warm and inviting. In the foyer, antique French chairs create symmetry beside a mid-century console. An assortment of black and white abstract art in gilt frames creates a classic gallery wall. An oversized mirror becomes the perfect piece for checking makeup or reviewing one's wardrobe before leaving home. 

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  • 03 of 09

    Designer Dining

    The dining room is a beautifully textured space. Grasscloth walls envelope the space. On the floor, a diamond rug adds comfort under foot. Beautiful designer elements have been brought into every room in this interior. A custom dining table with lucite legs and a metal top easily seats six. The classic dining table has been paired with a set of Louis XVI-style dining chairs. Custom drapery in Kelly Wearstler's Channels Fabric hangs from a lucite rod above the window frame. The abstract pattern on the fabric is a perfect complement to the oversized black and white piece hung behind the dining table. 

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  • 04 of 09

    Console Style

    Accessories have been brought into the interior that offer small spots of color. Here, a white console table is a perfect display space. Large gourd lamps in white with bright white shades continue the home's neutral trend. Below the console, bright pops of teal enter the space in the form of a pair of ottomans. To continue the color story, a large painting with bits of blue adds subtle color to the space. 

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  • 05 of 09

    Classic Kitchen

    When playing with neutrals, materiality is important. The play on materials is what adds interest. And in this large eat-in kitchen, a multitude of materials has been used to create a cool and classic space. A carrara marble island is the centerpiece of the kitchen. The large island with a sink built into it, is perfect for preparing meals. Beyond the island, off-white cabinetry offers a bit of contrast to the stark white elements in the space. White plaster and gilt pendants by Aerin Lauder add a metallic touch. The metallics continue with a brass chandelier over the dining table and a painting with a golden finish. Mid-century modern chairs bring wood elements into the space. And to keep things family-friendly, the bar stools have been upholstered in vinyl for easy clean-up.

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  • 06 of 09

    Neutral Bedding

    The home's master bedroom is a chic retreat. The space sports a black and white color palette that's cool and sophisticated. Crisp white bedding with black piping is monogrammed. Neo-classical bedside chests continue the color story. Crystal and gilt lamps by Suzanne Kasler add a metallic touch. For a dose of pattern, a hexagon carpet by David Hicks completes the room. 

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  • 07 of 09

    A Luxurious Master Bath

    The hexagon pattern of the rug in the master bedroom continues into the master bath. A striking black and white hexagonal tile is the ultimate statement piece in the bathroom. A classic soaking tub adds luxury. 

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  • 08 of 09

    Bedroom Accents

    Upstairs, the children's bedrooms have been infused with color. An upholstered headboard in turquoise is met with navy blue piping in the daughter's room. An ikat pillow adds a bright cultural touch to the space. And for a little more blue, a gourd lamp with a brass base is the final pop of color. 

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  • 09 of 09

    Home Office

    In the son's room, walls have been painted in Farrow and Ball's classic Hague Blue. The deep, dark color is almost black. The color pairs beautifully with another David Hicks classic—La Fiorentina by way of custom roman shades, a custom-designed chair, and bolster pillow in the bedroom.