Soft vanilla ice-cream, crisp white meringues and crumbly sweet shortbread – this season takes inspiration from many of our favourite childhood treats with a palette of pale colours that look good enough to eat.
This creamy canvas of soothing neutrals combines creams, beiges, biscuits and whites in a variety of interior textures to create looks of timeless elegance.
Fashionista Victoria Beckham’s designs epitomize this trend, with pale hues featuring heavily on the runway of her widely acclaimed SS12 collection.
Victoria’s interior designer, Kelly Hoppen, is also famed world-wide for her signature palette of neutral shades and recently partnered with us at Barker and Stonehouse to create her first furniture collection.
She said: “You have to start somewhere and neutral is the perfect beginning for any room design, starry or otherwise. I do use colour but neutrals are a great starting point.”
And we couldn’t agree more! Pale shades are particularly universal because they transcend interior fashion fads and remain a traditional style that works for all seasons.
Get back to nature with this Tegan Gun Barrel coffee table from Barker and Stonehouse. What I love most about this striking statement piece is that it is made from 100% salvaged reclaimed timber, so it’s environment friendly, while the distressed look adds character and warmth to you home.
The benefit of embracing neutral tones is that they not only work well with brighter shades, but all the colours across the spectrum combine beautifully together for a striking layered effect.
For example, Barker and Stonehouse’s Winbourne dining chair represents quality through design and can be partnered with any table to create a modern look. Finished in bi-cast leather and complete with solid wood legs, it is both classic and contemporary – a modern twist on an old favourite.
Light tones like beige and egg shell are not only exquisite, they are also clean, effortless and easy to live with. A large item like the Marisa Corner Sofa from Barker and Stonehouse is a typical illustration of this – it’s the perfect place to curl up and relax on, while its hardwood frame means that it is durable enough to take centre stage in any family home.
Finished in a mix of natural hide and fabric, it comes with a mix of large and small scatter cushions in an eclectic mix of patterns and colours which can be coordinated to fit in with other pieces of a similar tone throughout your living room.
If accessories are right up your alley, then these can be a great way to embrace the neutral trend on a smaller scale.
Start with a gorgeous blanket like this Ripple throw in Biscuit from Barker and Stonehouse. It’s ideal at the end of your bed or over the back of your couch – just an arm’s length away when you want to cozy up in front of the telly.
Or create your own Eastern retreat with our Thai Four Husk Table Lamp – a stylish addition which will light up your bedroom or dining room. Continue the theme by applying a fresh new wall colour like this aptly named ‘Skimming Stone’ from shade specialists Farrow & Ball.
Consider earth tones, too, when thinking of flooring, to bring everything together. This stunning Harlequin Rug from Barker and Stonehouse features a bold, modern design to draw the eye in to help make large, open areas appear more intimate. Fabulously soft and thick, it’s a fantastic feature piece for any home.
So whether you prefer vanilla, meringue, or shortbread, one thing is for sure – pale palettes are a luscious addition to almost any home. Why not indulge your sweet tooth and try some out in your humble abode?