Guest Picks: A Pale Color Palette to Quiet the Senses
Set a soothing tone with neutral colors and inspiring artwork for a room that's a real retreat
In the buzzing, active world we live in, a little quieting goes a long way. I am finding myself drawn to pale colors these days, and I've selected a few goodies that I feel nurture the sense of calm we all crave at the end of a long and busy day. In the ideal pale interior, I would put together calming hues, soft textures and interesting art. Surround yourself with unusual pieces and you'll see pale does not have to mean bland pastels and girlish bedrooms. — Barbara from Elza B Design
"Passing Through" by Rosenbaum Fine Art offers a subtle mix of washed-out colors, creating a soothing picture.
This pink Amaleh rug makes me think of cotton candy or fruit sherbet. I love its transitional pattern and quiet colors.
This stunning watercolor and mixed-media drawing by Sara Matson Westover has a lovely ethereal quality.
I love this handmade white petal vase. It would look fabulous with a bouquet of thistles or peonies.
This gorgeous pale wood dresser would look wonderful in an entry foyer or bedroom. I love how smooth the grain of the wood looks, and the curves are simply smashing.
This sexy lamp by Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams is perfectly curved and proportioned. I love that it comes in so many great colors.
I love the restful pattern and color scheme on this block-printed pillow.
This classic ivory alpaca throw lends itself well to most interiors. It connotes coziness and rest.
I adore John Robshaw's fabrics and prints. This "Tolin" cotton voile set offers colorful hues in ethnic prints. Don't you just love how Robshaw mixes and matches?
This19th century French painted chest is in one of the most striking shade of ice blue. I would put it in the kitchen to store my table linens.
This hairhide mirror by Jamie Young is chic and easy to coordinate with. Try it in your entryway above a little console table.
Les Indiennes' mustard yellow and white cotton fabric would be a hit in your veranda. Imagine sipping lemonade in a white-washed room, snuggled against pillows made with this fabric.
This dual seat by John Derian would make a great addition to your interior. I love how two people can sit on this and enjoy quiet reading or conversation.
This decoupage tray with a sweet cat sitting atop a plush, yellow-tasseled pillow is just perfect. It would be the ideal receptacle to deposit keys and coins in when you empty your pockets.
The Zoe Sage Pillow has a "hippie chic" look I find very appealing.
These unusual, midcentury wood Giraffe Chairs by Arne Jacobsen will surely draw your guests in, starting off a conversation about design.
Ideabook published on July 25, 2012.
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