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