When Steve and I are developing a color scheme, we look to the outside and bring those hues indoors. For our coastal California home, our many long drives up the coast inspired us to surround ourselves with a beachy palate. Plaster walls and cream-colored linen sofas are echoes of soft white sandy beaches. Timeworn faded carpets with hints of oceanic blues add soothing touches of color. The varied gray tones of driftwood are seen in weathered wood tables, bark-colored seagrass, vintage baskets, aged wood floors, and stone-colored linen upholstery. This mellow backdrop lets all the pieces breathe a bit, allowing your eye to move to the accents – just like in nature. Darker neutral touches, like worn camel-colored leather, tobacco toned woods, and steel gray accessories, provide contrast and add some masculine energy to a room. Watery aquas pull in the blues and greens of the sea as it fades towards the horizon. Celadon and chalky grays from the garden continue to blur the line between indoors and out. The magic is that we respond to natural colors indoors the same way we do when we are at the beach or in the garden – they create a relaxed and happy atmosphere.
Follow Brooke on her blog Velvet and Linen, on twitter @velvetandlinen, and on her glorious pinterest page. Photographs and excerpt by Steve Giannetti from Patina Style by Brooke and Steven Giannetti, reprinted with permission of Gibbs Smith. Visit Giannetti Home here.