Although most of us really love to use color in our homes, there's a certain set of stylish folks that decorate their homes completely in neutrals (white, black, cream, gray, brown), and I have to say, it's kind of awesome.
Now, most of these rooms do NOT look child-friendly. It could just be that all their "regular" (aka colored) stuff is put away for the photo shoots. But my feeling is that this is a super cool look for a home either before or after your "family" years. It would just be so challenging to limit the palette in this way once all the kid's stuff moves in. And you don't want to be all annoyed that their bright red Etch-a-sketch and Elmo doll are messing with your vibe.
I think the monochromatic thing works really well in the bedroom. It feels very soothing, and calming. It's also easier to keep eye-sores out of there. Just shut the door.
I like to finish with my fave. And this last one just is. The neutral palette is gorgeous, with navy added in perfectly. It feels both modern and glamorous, but there are lots of textures and layers, so it also feels comfortable and inviting. I love the furniture choices, the lighting, the rugs, the black wall - pretty much all of it.
Color is beautiful, but you can't deny that people are creating some beautiful rooms using predominantly neutrals. I'm going to visualize Joel and I in a second home like this. On a lake. During our empty-nest(er) years. Remember The Secret? This could work!
I'll let you know how it turns out.