Give me colour

13.4.10


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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