When pale is rest­ful and fash­ion­able

Tran­quil tints are the key in­gre­di­ents for stress-bust­ing schemes…

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If you’re crav­ing an es­cape from the heat and stresses of the day, pale and in­ter­est­ing rooms could be the an­swer. A neu­tral pal­ette is not only fash­ion­able but vis­ually rest­ful.

“We be­lieve in putting to­gether a re­laxed and com­fort­able home that re­flects your own par­tic­u­lar life­style and per­son­al­ity, and the quest to cre­ate a happy home – not a show home – is para­mount,” said stylist At­lanta Bartlett, who, along with her hus­band, Dave Coote, is co-au­thor of Pale & In­ter­est­ing, a guide to dec­o­rat­ing with a muted pal­ette of sub­tle shades, for har­mo­nious, sooth­ing in­te­ri­ors.

She said: “A laid-back re­laxed look stems from an easy-go­ing at­ti­tude and is con­jured with neu­tral tones and clever use of con­trast. Then make it your own by pair­ing func­tional with dec­o­ra­tive, el­e­gant with ca­sual, hand-made with man-made, and old with new.”

Take your pick from a so­phis­ti­cated Chic White scheme or Shades of Pale, a fresh in­ter­pre­ta­tion of rus­tic...

Pic­ture: PA Photo/Ry­land Peters and Small/Polly Wre­ford

Grey and white is a calm, sooth­ing colour com­bi­na­tion, and it doesn’t have to feel cold or som­bre. The ad­di­tion of warm tones with the wooden bench and a row of bam­boo stools en­sures this pale and el­e­gant room is also cosy and invit­ing

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