Design lesson: A delicate blush
Restaurant designers have always known that the delicate blush of peach compliments almost every skin tone. So take advantage of this expert knowledge in a room where flattery will get you everywhere – the bathroom. From peach to apricot to mango, orange tones are a complex fusion. Deep oranges such as terra-cotta, brick and rust energize and enliven, while softer tones suggest delicacy and tenderness.
Artwork, luxurious rugs and freestanding cabinetry all contribute to turning what was once a utilitarian room into an all-purpose retreat. Sure, white and off-white lead the pack of most frequently selected bathroom palettes, but there's always room for colour. Go on, flatter yourself.
As with most good things, moderation is the key to success. For that reason, avoid the obvious choice of peach for the walls. Instead, bathe them in a warm neutral for glowing results and add a subtle hint of peach overhead to cast a delicate blush. Freshen baseboards and crown moulding with a soft off-white. Add instant architectural detailing to cabinet mouldings or trim with a dark mocha – a little goes a long way, and strong contrast gives even minimally furnished rooms real presence.
A peach-and-mocha trellis fabric and a patterned woven fabric featuring a splash of cream are great choices for upholstered items like a small vanity chair. A solid mocha fabric gently introduces an earthy element -- essential for a harmonious balance of colour -- and works well as a valance or fixed Roman shade. A bone-colour linen can be used as a semi-sheer, letting in light while preserving privacy. To further enhance the freshness factor, choose pale towels in subtle, earthy shades.
Creamy marble tiles add elegance to the countertop. A good lighting plan is an essential part of a successfully designed bathroom. Look beyond the standard vanity strips favoured in Hollywood dressing rooms. A simple chandelier on a dimmer can meet a variety of needs and set a decidedly romantic tone.
Kimberley Seldon is STYLE AT HOME's decorating editor. For more great decor and design ideas, visit kimberleyseldon.com.