Notes from the Field: Winter Whites
January 28, 2013
By Karin Lidbeck Brent
While I love the flow of the bold, vibrant color schemes reviving the walls and furnishings of homes today, the calming effect of rooms in soft whites and pastels brings a sense of order and peace that I find soothing.
Like a morning frost layered over a winter landscape, rooms designed with hues of whites, soft greys, and pale blues appear anything but dull and chilling. My friend and interior designer, Lauren Muse, does this so well: Lauren’s room-scapes in palettes of wintry pastels show just how warm and welcoming the hues of winter can be.
Lauren provides aÂ boneÂ quatrefoil mirror nestled in a landscape of greys and whites within this room designed for her client’s home on the Connecticut shore. It’s a wonderful focal point and a Muse Interiors touch of glamour.
Lauren’s masterful eye, layering a soft palette with subtle patterns, brings a quiet serenity to this room. Off-white Italian linen, striedÂ blues and grey-cut velvetÂ are a few ofÂ the sumptuous and colorful textures created for this sitting area of theÂ master bedroom.
Like fluffy white snow, her choice of color and texture offer a dream-like, heavenly comfort. Grey-blues and creamy whites are often Lauren’s go-to color combinations for master bedrooms.
Lauren’s vision for this casual white dining space, featuring shades of crisp white, soft blue and tan, invokes a feeling of relaxation–everything a morning breakfast should be.