Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pastel Perfection; This Week Claire Hornby Expels Another Decorating Myth - That Pastels Are Past It

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pastel Perfection; This Week Claire Hornby Expels Another Decorating Myth - That Pastels Are Past It

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THE word 'pastel' conjures up images of bland and boring sitting rooms or worse still those tedious moments spent in waiting rooms, but I prefer the term candy colours.

Muted tones are great for relaxing and you can always add a little 'pizazz' with the accessories.

There is in fact a sofa in Barker and Stonehouse that I think proves my point undeniably. It's the gorgeous Sanctuary Sienna sofa in a beautiful blue floral fabric. Yum. Imagine if you will this sofa alongside a calming shade of Borrowed Light blue from Farrow and Ball on the walls and a stunning, sleek coffee table like the Travo coffee table, again from Barker and Stonehouse.

Now there's a room I'd like to spend some time in.

If that's not to your liking then pastels can also be used to highlight a piece of furniture. If you've just bought a sofa you love and you want it to be the centre of attention then you simply won't want your walls competing.

Choose a shade similar but much lighter than the fabric in the sofa. …

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