Put a lighthearted twist on tradition with classic stripes and tailored slipcovers in pale shades. The look is both soft and sophisticated.
“When you live on the water, you can’t help but be inspired by the faded and crystalline colors of objects exposed to the sun and waves. They take on the palest pastel hues -- often with a luminescent, mother-of-pearl-like quality.”
-- Françoise O’Neill, writer
Like blue, pink has a calming effect on mood. With the right lighting, it’s also flattering to your complexion.
“I love furniture painted in pastel hues. Even if the lines are more formal, it brings them down to earth.”
-- Elizabeth Raines Beeler, Coastal Living,decorating editor
Use soft sherbet tones to pretty up a porch. The look is both romantic and old-fashioned.
Take a cue from the Caribbean. Island exteriors show how you can introduce surprising color combinations for a look that’s whimsical but not outlandish. Unexpected pastels used on exteriors appear playful and casual even on larger homes. Not ready to paint the whole house? Try coating a garden wall or fence with a soothing pastel. Your home will become an instant landmark in the neighborhood.