Colour Files: Pretty Pale

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Though I adore colour, I have a thing for white. And beige. In fact, anything pale hued always seems to draw me in. I could be standing in front of the most beautiful collection of cushions, in all the colours of the rainbow and I bet you any money I would reach out for the cream, beige or charcoal coloured one! No matter how hard I try, the pale tones always win. But isn’t there something so calming about creamy whites? A soothing pale pallet has inspired me to compile this week’s blog.

Mia Linnman via Mlle Magpie



This gorgeous bedroom accentuates the white floor boards and bed linen and soft curtains with brown accessories in the form of a gorgeous vintage chest, some vintage suitcases and a wooden chest of drawers. This room has a French country feel, and is so pretty and relaxed.

Concrete and Dust via Pembroke Hall

Oh, this room is so minimalist, yet so lovely and fresh! I could flop down on those crisp white sheets and never wake up…

Jenn Hannotte via Russet & Empire Interiors

This living room incorporates shades of white, beige and charcoal to create a soothing space that ticks the trendy box, with varying textures that warm up the space. The pale tones are grounded with the camel coloured accessories.

Living etc. via Nest Pretty Things

I love that the only hint of any colour other than white is through the wooden kitchen counter and those gorgeous old wooden pantry doors. The white cabinet in the far right side of the room is a good way to display a collection of white crockery to add to the theme. 

Laura Fulmine via The Style Files

This space is minimalist, but has character and texture thanks to the gorgeous antique writing desk. A perfect place to sit with a pen and paper and dream up something beautiful. A vase full of hot pink St. Joseph lilies would really brighten up this space.

Nuevo Estilo via Desire to Inspire and Department of the Interior

I love this room for so many reasons. The unusual wooden headboard is so stunning and creates a focal point in this relaxed bedroom. Texture is added to enhance the pale tones with the bedspread and cushion. A lovely place to have an afternoon nap after a morning swim in the sea.

Via Desde my Ventana

This is such a gorgeous room and a perfect home office, with those high ceiling and light just pouring in from everywhere. Those are my favourite flowers too. Don’t you just love the way flowers can brighten up a pale hued room and add a pop of colour where some is needed? Turquoise is one of my favourite colours to team with white. With the sanded wooden floors, the retro desk lamp and trestle style contemporary desk, this room has a lovely eclectic feel about it.

Faire Houre via Pinterest and Interior Design Musings

Colour is injected into this room via book spines and wooden accessories. I love that the white floors and minimalist colour choices make this contemporary eclectic loft space appear large and looming, while the chunky furniture brings in comfort and style.

Via Sanctuary

I love how wooden floors painted white can open up a space and make it appear so much larger. The pale pallet of this room means that any colour in this room is injected via the accessories. The mish-mash of furnishing styles gives this room an eclectic charm about it, which I just love.

Via Nest Pretty Things

Another example of how white painted wooden floors enlarge a room. This attic-come-bedroom is a truly soothing oasis that I imagine would be the perfect place to let the mind roam and the soul recharge. A few colour pops here and there make the space fun.

Next time you are standing in front of the paint swatches at your local DIY store, don’t think twice as you reach for that shade of beige. A pale pallet is not only subtle and soothing, it also enables you to change the look and feel of your space as the seasons change.

Love, Holly

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