All of the trim­mings

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Once you’ve de­cided on this style, you’ll want to pay at­ten­tion to the de­tails so your room doesn’t look washed out. As you can see in our fea­ture room, there is a lot of de­tail­ing on the walls, van­ity and mir­ror, fur­ni­ture and light­ing. All of these tex­tu­ral fea­tures make this space vis­ually in­ter­est­ing. If you re­moved all of these de­tails the room would look rather plain and un­in­ter­est­ing.

When you are plan­ning a sim­i­lar space, you’ll want to make note of the sta­tion­ary fix­tures and de­cide how they should be treated. If you think your space needs a lit­tle more de­tail, you can add dec­o­ra­tive trim or ap­pliqués to walls, doors and other sur­faces to give them a lit­tle more glam, then paint them out with your cho­sen colour. Look for fabrics that have that faded qual­ity to them to use in the space for ac­cents on lamp shades, toss cush­ions, win­dow treat­ments and so forth. Some­times us­ing the re­verse side of a printed fab­ric will give you the look you de­sire since the back side won’t be as vivid as the front. Frame pan­els of a great fab­ric to use as art­work, to cover a head­board or to cre­ate a bed canopy. Even the right wall­pa­per may work for a fo­cal wall along with your cho­sen paint colours. Look for soft tone-on-tone pat­terns to work within your space.

You can also jazz up the space with over-thetop touches like the large rib­bon flower on the mir­ror in our fea­ture photo. An item like this can be used to adorn toss cush­ions, win­dow treat­ments or used alone to add vis­ual in­ter­est to the soft pal­ette. It may be dif­fi­cult to find spe­cific ac­ces­sories that match your cho­sen paint colour. Rather than spend time fo­cused on a spe­cific item, keep a paint chip with you and con­sider any item you come across that has a sim­i­lar colour and tone. You might hap­pen upon an item that nor­mally would not have been in your dec­o­rat­ing radar, like a dec­o­ra­tive bird cage for in­stance, that would be an awe­some ac­ces­sory in your new space.

The whole premise of this style of dé­cor is to re­move the vis­ual con­trast but keep the de­tails. Soft, muted tones can pro­vide a space that is rest­ful, dreamy and at­trac­tive.

Tex­tu­ral fea­tures make this space vis­ually in­ter­est­ing

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