Tran­quil tints are the key in­gre­di­ents for stylish, stress- bust­ing schemes that soothe your soul

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

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,” ex­plains 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.

“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 man­made, and old with new.”

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

“This sim­ple way of dec­o­rat­ing – with a pre­dom­i­nantly white pal­ette – cre­ates spa­ces that feel calm, spa­cious and un­clut­tered,” says At­lanta.

“When it comes to fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories, less is def­i­nitely more. Stick to one or two key pieces and al­low them plenty of space to breathe so they can speak for them­selves.

“Soften the look with colour for ac­cents and fo­cal points. Chalky pas­tels, off- whites, greys and neu­trals will add just the right amount, with­out be­ing over­bear­ing or fussy. Al­ter­na­tively, even one bright blue cush­ion in an all­white scheme will of­fer a wel­come place to rest your eye.”

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