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Soft rose

Here's something that can pick you up from the end of winter blues: gentle rose. This shade - lighter than a real pink, but with enough red to stand out from an eggshell or creamy white - has the delicacy and elegance we find in any of the rosé, but not just for bells and whistles.


Here's something that can pick you up from the end of winter blues: gentle rose.

This shade - lighter than a real pink, but with enough red to stand out from an eggshell or creamy white - has the delicacy and elegance we find in any of the rosé, but not just for bells and whistles. In fact, soft rose can often be best used by pairing it with heavier, more masculine furniture, as we see here.

In this first photo we see the soft rose used in the upholstered dining room chairs, perfectly complemented by the wood of the table and chair frames. The lightness of the pink is balanced by the square lines of the wooden chest that marks the separation between the living room and the dining room.

To see how pale pink adds to the mood in this room, imagine these chairs are upholstered in a dark blue or a deep maroon instead. Such other colors would add a much more serious, formal tone. Here the pale rose is used to lighten the mood in the room.

In this second photo we see bright rose as the predominant color in this cramped living room. The focal point of this room is necessarily the large floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal a view of the courtyard.

But the light pink sofa is also an eye-catcher here. The color plays on the light blue wall in the back of the room so that the whole room seems to be penetrated by a cheerful, pastel-colored light. The heavy, square trunk used here as a coffee table compensates for the pale color.

  • Tip: Keep this in mind when thinking about balance in a room to take into account both the color and the size and shape of the furniture. Some colors - the darker ones - have more weight, while others, like pale rose, need a little ballast for balance.

Lastly, check out that stucco wall in the gentlest rose. The somewhat darker shutters stand out and still blend in with the color of the wall, making the whole effect refreshing and not too bright.

On this outside wall you can see how pale rose works on an inside wall too. Imagine a wall painted this color and decorated with curtains the same color as the shutters. Voila: A warm, elegant look is born.

Pale rose is also a beautiful backdrop for flower arrangements because it is a shade that is often found in flowers. Think of a cluster of carnations, or a vase of pink roses, or a bouquet of brightly colored flowers interspersed with a few pink petals. Against a light pink wall or in the same room with a pale pink sofa, these floral arrangements would really stand out.

To bring color, light, and warmth into a room, you don't have to use dramatic colors like bright red or screaming yellow. Often times, a more subtle approach also works.

Reprinted with permission from the Sheffield School of Interior Design

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