Pale Perfection

Posted by Suzi | February 29, 2012



The pale and interesting phenomena has been done to death, but it never really dates. Like natural beauty, it’s the hardest look in the book to pull off but get it right and it’s the most rewarding. In small spaces, particularly, it can bewitch the eye- transforming somewhere small and stuffy into a cool oasis.

Sheer fabrics will add a glorious lightness to the room. I love Jim Thompson’s Paradiso Collection, which takes the softest cashmere, raw linens and fine Thai silks in a soft palette of mineral inspired colours*.

The best pale looks rock subtle imperfections- mottled Astier de Villate porcelain or untreated wood. Go too clean and you’ll have a nun’s room on your hands. Work different textures, unexpected flashes of colour and weird and wonderful accessories that pop against the blank canvas background.

*Nb. White linen may conjure up instant neat-freak palpitations but as it can be washed at high temperatures, it’s one of the most resiliant fabrics around.

 

 




Picture credits (from top left corner): Chandelier; www.magnoliainteriors.com.au, White interior; http://designtraveller.tumblr.com/, White bedside; www.naturalcurtaincompany.co.uk, Porcelain flowers; www.jeremycole.net, Stone Forest’s Eau soaking tub is fashioned from a single slab of Car­rara marble; www.stoneforest.com, Interior; Metropolitan Home as seen on www.elledecor.com, Interior; Metropolitan Home as seen on www.elledecor.com, Dress; www.stellamccartney.com, Flower mirror; www.anthropologie.com, Chair; www.naturalcurtaincompany.co.uk, Fabric swatches; www.jimthompson.com, Interior; www.decorpad.com, Tassles; www.theselby.com; Chair; www.maisongerard.com; Silk pillow; www.gingerlilly.com.



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