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Room to Love: Shifting away from neutral colors

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The owners, out of fear, were going to go with a neutral color palette. Ben Gebo Photography

THE COLOR PALETTE

A Newton couple who told designer Danit Ben-Ari they considered going neutral out of fear agreed to a plum wall covering by D.L.Couch in the living room and Benjamin Moore’s “Delightful Golden’’ in the adjacent dining room.

THE LIGHTING AND THE DRAPERY

The gold-hued, pierced spherical pendant by Corbett Lighting was the starting point for the room. “It infused immediate personality,’’ said Ben-Ari, who founded the designer firm Interior Transformations in 1997. Drapery in a shimmering raw silk accentuates the warm glow.

THE COFFEE TABLE AND THE SOFAS

The deep scarlet rug by Michaelian & Kohlberg grounds the space and provides contrast for cool silver tones, such as the polished-aluminum vintage 1970s Tubo coffee table by John Mascheroni from BG Galleries in Weymouth. Ben-Ari chose the pair of Aaron sofas from The Bright Group at the Boston Design Center for their sinuous shape and beautiful wood rail along the back, visible when one enters the room.

THE ARTWORK

The oil painting over the fireplace, “Ovals Stacked’’ by local artist Cindy Cuba Clements, is framed in gold-painted wood by Masterpiece Framing. “The bold black shapes add a graphic element,’’ Ben-Ari said.

Marni Elyse Katz blogs about design at StyleCarrot.com. Send comments to Address@globe.com. Subscribe to our free real estate newsletter — our weekly digest on buying, selling, and design — at pages.email.bostonglobe.com/AddressSignUp.