Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:51 PM EDT
Sarah and Tommy really stepped out of their colour comfort zone for Sarah 101, often using bold primary hues, but in the Re-Imagined Kitchen episode, Sarah returned to her roots with pale blues, greys and neutrals. She managed to keep the space fun with a retro feel and linoleum floor tiles that are reminiscent of a '50s malt shop.
This palette, especially mixed with lots of white, works really well in a kitchen but could really work in any room in the house. I love the idea of using wallpaper to bring in two shades — either the blue/greys or beiges and browns. I could see this working really well in a dining room with a painted white table and shabby-chic natural wood chairs.
From left: Vermicelli wallpapers in BP 1505 and BP 1553; Broad Stripe wallpapers in ST 1307 and ST 1332, all Farrow & Ball
This would also be a great palette to use in an outdoor room. It's beachy and relaxed. See photo 6 of 7 in the Beachy Backyards gallery in our Backyard Living site.
How To Apply Palettes in Any Room:
- Choose the colour you'll use as the anchor. This will probably be a neutral, but if you're brave, could be a brighter colour.
- Use this colour on the walls and/or major pieces of furniture.
- Choose three to four additional complimenting colours as accents
(consult a colour wheel if need be!) and bring these into the room as
rugs, pillows, window coverings and art. A plus: if any one of these decor items combine two or more of your chosen accent colours.
- Another way to create a palette is to choose a decor item that
really appeals to you such as a painting, decorative plate or throw
pillow, and use it as a jumping-off point: pull four to five colours
from this object to recreate the same palette in a room!