Inspiration

Rethinking Pastels

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

I’ll admit the word ‘pastel’ makes me cringe a bit. For years, it’s conjured up images of saccharine sweet baby merchandise and Easter decor, but I realized in my study of color that it’s not the hues themselves I’m opposed to, it’s the overuse.  

My most favorite colors to decorate with are pale greens and blues so in fairness, I am fan of pastels. They feel perfectly at home in a child’s room but in adult spaces, pastels are trickier. The key is to incorporate these paler hues in a judicious and calculated way so the softness is sophisticated and not juvenile, and to balance them with neutrals. Here are a dozen examples of favorite uses of a pastel palette.     

Pair painted walls with black and white photography and decorative objects in modern shapes.

pale pink walls with black & white photos

decor demon

   

Use the hues unexpectedly, such as grasscloth wallpaper on the ceiling, as trim on a window treatment, or in a velvet on an accent chair.

blue and orchid living room

better homes & gardens

    

Embrace your feminine side and upholster a sofa in blush pink or pale apricot, mix with contemporary accents and soft or shiny textures. 

blush pink sofa

vtwonen

   

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How to Mismatch Nightstands

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

A local friend is sprucing up her bedroom and the husband and wife have no nightstands. They’re going back and forth on a pair of nightstands for the bed, he wants storage for his reading material, she wants something pretty and leggy and I was sharing with them that it’s possible to have different bedside tables because nightstands need not match. 

There are other reasons for this design dilemma, sometimes a master bedroom doesn’t have the space for a matching set, or the preferences for the purpose to be served are different. Sometimes the room is simply in transition and the couple is temporarily working with what they’ve got while they shop for an ideal solution. In case you’re dealing with the same issue, I’ve rounded up a few ideas for my friend (and for you!)   

Partner Similar Styles.  A good strategy is to combine bedside tables that relate to each other in some way. Take a cue from the style of the space (traditional, elegant, cottage, etc.) and pair pieces that coordinate based on that style. Another option is to choose pieces from the same manufacturer or line of furniture and simply opt for different shapes.  

mismatched nightstands

 

mismatched traditional nightstands

 

stained wood mismatched nightstands

 

gold leaf nightstands lonny

better homes & gardens / jessica bennett / laird jackson  / lonny

   

Similar Size.  A pair of nightstands or dressers that are different styles but share the same height and visual weight can be a successful combination and one that serves the preferences of whomever sleeps on that side.

gray blue bedroom wood ceiling

 

mismatched dresser nightstands

similar weight mismatched nightstands

 dillon kyle architecture  / c california style magazine / marie claire via nicety

    

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