the pale and in­ter­est­ing home

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Stereo­typ­ing taste and cre­at­ing cookie cut­ter interiors elim­i­nates the essence of what style re­ally means, which at its heart is an ex­pres­sion of in­di­vid­u­al­ity. So it is a lit­tle bit ironic try­ing to de­fine the ‘Pale & In­ter­est­ing’ look be­cause the au­thors ac­tu­ally want to en­cour­age us to find our own style. They tell us that their phi­los­o­phy is all about ‘mix­ing it up’ and for­get­ting clichéd themes or trends. They think the ‘Pale and In­ter­est­ing’ look is ‘all about in­di­vid­u­al­ity and the art of con­trast’ and that it re­quires ‘a healthy mix of styles to keep the look cur­rent and rel­e­vant to your life­style’. So at this point you may won­der what all this means, but you'll find plenty of in­spi­ra­tion in the book's many ex­am­ples whether you are a fan of the el­e­gance of Swedish and French an­tiques or you pre­fer the bold­ness of vin­tage flo­rals or in­dus­trial style. The ‘pale’ el­e­ment is in the use of earthy tones, neu­trals, pas­tel shades and, of course, white to cre­ate a light and calm space. Yet it is the touches of colour that add in­ter­est and pre­vent a space from look­ing washed out. In­ter­est is also se­cured with con­trast and with a

com­bi­na­tion of styles that should be purely per­sonal and or­ganic so any­thing is al­lowed, such as mix­ing chairs in dif­fer­ent colours or com­bin­ing an­tique with mod­ern, ori­en­tal with Euro­pean. The key to achiev­ing this style is to use your cre­ativ­ity, to have fun and - above all - to re­lax! A home is not a show­room and should not feel stress­ful; you should be able to live with­out the fear of spilling a drink... So ev­ery­thing is geared to­wards that aim of liv­ing with­out stress, and ac­cept­ing im­per­fec­tion. This may not be easy to jus­tify to the in­ven­tory clerk if you are rent­ing but, as a way of life, it seems ideal! As the au­thors point out ‘A re­laxed home is one that ex­udes a deep sense of com­fort’ which is, para­phras­ing Coco Chanel, the ul­ti­mate lux­ury. Loaded with beau­ti­ful images of interiors and ex­te­ri­ors plus ad­vice for ev­ery room of the house, this is a book for the couch not the shelf. Pale & In­ter­est­ing by At­lanta Bartlett & Dave Coot, with pho­to­graphs by Polly Wre­ford is pub­lished by Ry­land Peters & Small in July 2017

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