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Monday, January 14, 2013

A Pale Palette

I really, really do love furniture upholstered in paler colours... off-white, cream, the palest shades of blue, grey or sage... I have tried not to.... 4 sons and 2 dogs... you understand.... it isn't a particularly happy combination....but I can't help it.

I can't really show you my own pale upholstery .... 4 sons, 2 dogs... you understand... but I will show you some of my favourite examples. Enjoy!

Crinkled, wrinkled and comfortable - just the way I like it!

It works just as well in winter... in summer.

It mixes well with patterns...

...and with leather.

So pretty!

So gorgeous!

So exquisite!

So sublime!

So .... I can't think of any more superlatives.

Wishing you all a happy week.

Till next time

Sharon x

Image source:  1. mmmarly (Tumblr) 2. Zsa Zsa Bellagio  3. Tumblr  4. Things that Inspire  5. Living Rooms 6. Decorpad 7. Particular Poetry (Tumblr) 8. Kikette Interiors 9. Decorare 10. DECOR  11. Marie Clare Italy 12. The Vintiquarian 13.  Decor de Provence


  1. Hi Sharon...A big YES! I love this look too and am in the process of bringing that lightness into our home. For so long, I had loved saturated colours, but am looking forward to living with soft sage, blush and blue. Beautiful post:) I am sure that your home is perfect as reflected with your 4 boys and 2 dogs;)xo

  2. Gorgeous rooms!! I could move right in to any of them. All so beautiful, liveable and serene.

  3. I love it the same as you. My eyes are jarred by too many different colors in a room, it just feels un-cohesive to me.

  4. Sharon,
    LOL. Yes, I remember those days (2 sons & 2 dogs). I'm now trying to convert our family room into a more neutral space. I'm waiting for the sofa to NEED to be reupholstered.
    Lovely images.

  5. I love it, too! Only two girls and two dogs - and the dogs blend into the color palette. But I never put away the vacuum (do you say 'hoover' in South Africa?)
    All best,

  6. Sharon, I love every image....I'm torn between this style and another. Wish I had two houses...

  7. Moi aussi j'aime beaucoup ces fauteuils et cette couleur!

  8. I'm with you Sharon. I have all white sofas, despite having two small children and cats inside. I just couldn't go dark! Beautiful images. Rachael x

  9. Well, Sharon, nothing can beat natural tones in the house, just timeless. Lovely images, indeed!

    The "solution" for you, the two boys and dogs: I would suggest loose covers (slip covers)made of old linen or hemp for example. Easy to wash them in high temperature in the washing machine :) Or - and - lots of cushions in natural colors.

    Greetings from the Périgord,

  10. Yep definitely agree. There is something incredibly soothing and serene about a pale room..does it for me everytime! Hope you have a fabulous day.

  11. Beatiful post!! Loved all the images!! xo leslie

  12. Sharon I have to be honest when I come into your post the first thing I do is hit pinterest since I know I'll be pinning your images. You always pick the most beautiful pictures that talk to me and this was no different.


  13. Sharon,

    I can't think of any more superlatives either! Just gorgeous. I share you love for the neutrals, along with the kids.. and dogs. It doesn't matter (that worn in look with a little patina is the look we are going for right?;)


  14. I also love a pale palette! Great images, so much inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Hi Sharon,
    I'm mooning over your beautiful examples of subtle color combinations. I can't even pick a favorite. Thanks for the lovely post.

  16. Yes, I agree with everyone as I always say the same thing--you pick the most amazing examples! I am exactly on the same page with you here and since I couldn't afford to get my two living room chairs recovered, I bought a very inexpensive cotton muslin at our outdoor market and made covers myself! :)
    Especially happy to see the lovely Greet Lefevre's Orangerie here (photo #3)...

  17. Sharon

    I have a "crazy" dog as you know, husband who is always doing projects, and a dirty gardener (me), I have the same problemS. Sure love your images though! While you were travelling Beau did a little post and included Baxter and Blossom!

  18. I love a pale interior too--at our beach house in Southamppton I've slipcovered as much as I can in soft linen and cotton blend--when the dog or kids make a mess (and they do!) I just put them into the wash and keep my fingers crossed!

  19. Beautiful examples, Sharon! I saw a chandelier and a trumeau that I would die to have! Great post and very inspiring!

  20. Beautifull post ! I love natural palette even if I have 3 cats and 2 dogs ...
    Bonne journée :)

  21. I am pinning every last photograph!
    I have pale upholstery and with seven pets I am always holding a lint roller and/or vinegar! LOL! It is worth it!



  22. i love that too, i feel pale colors create an instant peaceful, serene interior. the pictures make me dream :)

  23. Ciao Sharon,
    compliments for your beautifull post, I love all photos!
    Bellissimo questo post, mi piacciono tutte le foto e tutti i colori.
    Buona giornata

  24. Love them all !!! Especially the one with the big windows!!

  25. Soooo pretty...but I absolutely must do a post on slipcovers. They will change your life. Still a hassle to wash...but you feel great when they are clean for a few days.