Give me colour


It's been a couple of years since this Ashley Whittaker designed home graced the pages of House Beautiful, but it is a wonderful reminder of how summer inspired interiors can offer year round comforts.  In the living room above, shades of celery, avocado and robin's egg make for a refreshing retreat during the warm months and cozy cover during chilly winters.  Two brown armchairs sit at the end of the room by the fireplace.

The broad spectrum of blues really tie the coastal feel of this home together, but the real show stopper is the incredible punch of pink and coral throughout.  They are bright and warming even on the dreariest of winter days.  Ashley has a real gift for creating a very soft and subdued undertone (in this case blue), and then adding some real exciting punches of colour.  This home can boast shades of teal, turquoise, green, yellow, brown, pink and corals and they are completely cohesive.

Colours are softened but still cool in the sitting room and in the bedroom.  By using various fabrics like velvet, cashmere and linen, those crisp blues are offset with textures that are a warm and inviting.  This is the real trick to year round coastal colours, using a variety of fabrics that are bright in colour, but absorb a little bit of light with their inviting textures. 

Below is a recent Manhattan residence featured in House Beautiful, another one of Ashley's wonderful works.  But before we talk about colour, let's take a moment to admire the breathtaking Chippendale mirror in the pink entryway that belonged to the homeowners before this makeover.

Most rooms of this apartment are layered in soft shades of blue green, pink and cream, that contrast wonderfully against the dark chocolate floors. Below in the library, we meet a rich and wonderful shade of Prussian blue and in an eclectic office (not shown) the walls are covered in dark green. Some may argue that this many colours should never live under one roof, but for you colour lovers out there, this is your happily ever after. You can read the full story and see more pictures here.

Photo Credits:  House Beautiful and Ashley Whitaker Design

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  1. Love Ashley's design work, from the cool and fresh and the pops of color really do it!!

    I have up a fascinating interview with artist Robert Anders...come see.


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  2. boy oh boy - I'm lovin these rooms, but is it just me, or are these rooms very feminine! I'm trying to imagine my DH agreeing to me decorating this way! wish me luck on that one...

  3. Great use of colour in these spaces, especially like the blue dining room with the stripy rug!

  4. Beautiful colors used here. I don't normally gravitate toward blue {although I have a guest bedroom in a heather blue and my own master in a grayed blue}, but I really love the rooms here with that light blue and some green mixed in. Very pretty pics, Vitania!

  5. I love these rooms. It's exactly the look I'm going for in my own home.

  6. I've always loved Ashley's beautiful designs! Her spaces must be just a delight to live in. It's just a perfect example of gracious stylish living.

    Thanks for posting,

  7. Ashley is not just talented, she's smart. She really understands how color works, and she's not left a single detail unattended. Beautiful work! I'd seen it in House Beautiful, but I'm so pleased to have my memory refreshed. Thanks for sharing!

  8. So many pretty rooms!! Blue is one of my favourite colours, and Ashley has used it so well in her designs. Love the dark blue velvet tufted chair in the sitting room :-)


  9. I am not usually big on blue but, I love these spaces. Very soothing and timeless.

  10. SO pretty, all of them!! I love that bold gilt mirror on the pink stripe wall, how utterly feminine but not too delicate, thanks for sharing :)

  11. it's strange...unless a client asks me to work with blue, i do not normally gravitate to it.
    but as of late....
    i am beginning to be drawn into the color for the first time in my life.
    so, i think these rooms are divine.

    i wonder what that might mean?


  12. Im not a big BLUE fan, but i do like the zebra print ottomans! :)))

  13. Subtle, but not boring. Color without intrusiveness. Female without plush. The furnishings and color scheme is successful.

    Thanks for the images - they are great to see!!

    Have a nice weekend


  14. Those colors are so soothing and so inviting, very very tasteful, elegant and understated. As usual another visually stimulating post!


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