Decorating yellow rooms 2018

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    Pale-Pink Bedroom

    From the palest pinks to the brightest fuchsias, find inspiration from our gallery of pink rooms.

    Painted pink, a small attic room is as warm as a heart, intimate instead of encroaching.

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    Old Hats

    These glass stovepipes show the whimsical side of the material. The bigger the hat, the rarer and more valuable it is -- the one at the center is about as large as they come. The cane in the corner is an impractical yet perfect companion.

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    Table Toppers

    A hundi shade throws a rosy cranberry glow over mismatched pieces spanning a century of glassmaking. Colored stemware from any period is likely to have clear stems and bases. The small cranberry wineglass (far left) is from the 1880s; the Champagne glass (right of the plate) is circa 1930.

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    Bold and Energizing

    Too often a guest room devolves into a bland, one-size-fits-all space that really pleases no one. Why not make it an enclave where you and your family will feel like honored guests, too? Vivid-pink walls and an upholstered daybed transform the room into a retreat where everyone feels they belong (because the room "belongs" to no one). As a comforting counterbalance to the saturated color, the furniture and fabrics are cream and pale gray.

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    Tips for Decorating with Pink

    1. A striped wallpaper that might be overwhelming in big doses can add an unusual radiance to the ceiling. 2. Windows get a shot of matching stripes, courtesy of wallpaper adhered to a vinyl roller shade. 3. A fresh coat of rosy paint is a time-saving alternative to installing new shelves. 4. Spray-painting metal canister lids is an easy way to add spots of brightness.

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    This pink room, a small parlor off the entry, features an early-baroque spark screen. The mirror is Danish rococo, and the crystal chandelier it reflects is Gustavian.

  • In this room, gray wainscoting and bare floors soften the vivid color of the walls, which are adorned with an asymmetrical array of small paintings, sea fans, and a framed collection of starfish. The Gustavian settee is upholstered in linen, the stool is from the mid-nineteenth century, and the side chair is baroque. A mid-twentieth-century Danish lamp stands on rooms a rococo side table with Victorian decanters.

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    Pink Dreams

    Dusky pinks provide a subtle glamour when paired with neutrals and special touches, such as this cotton-canvas headboard slipcover decorated with twill tape.

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    Bed

    This bed frame is encased in thick bump padding, then in fine-linen slipcovers that are stitched together into a simple dressmaker shape that gracefully envelops the frame of the bed. Pink linens accentuate the pink in the wall color.

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  • Photography: WILLIAM ABRANOWICZ

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    Hint of Pink

    These walls and ceiling were painted in beige-pink tones. A large, pinkish mercury-glass ball catches the light.

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    Thinking Pink

    The whole interior of Martha's guest cottage in Maine is painted a dreamy pink, a color scheme Martha had always wanted to try, if only the right space ever presented itself. "I've never had a house that was appropriate," Martha says. "This one is, because of the loveliness of the interior."

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    Living Room

    Under Martha's direction, pink seems to have found its decorative footing. One of her design tactics was to create a continuous wash of ambient color throughout the guesthouse. The mirror frame above the fireplace, for example, was painted the same pink as the cottage's walls and trims.

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    Tea Set

    Martha found the pink porcelain teacups in the South of France; some of the Venetian glassware came with the house.

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    Decorating Details

    Amber-and-gold Venetian glass candlesticks stand on the Victorian flip-top desk.

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    A Restful Place

    The once-mismatched wicker pieces, including a chaise and a star-shape table, are now unified, thanks to a coat of gray paint. The enormous mirror on the right reflects a view of the harbor.

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    Bedroom

    Martha had a lampshade made to match the Italian alabaster reading lamp; the ruffled edge echoes the fluted top of the lamp base. The sconce is one of a set of Italian lyre-backed pieces in the room that belonged to Martha's grandmother.

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    Bedding

    The bed expands the range of pinks with its French sheets and pillowcases and mohair throw.

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    Desk With a View

    The bedroom desk, which faces the water, is the spot for writing letters or just gazing out the window.

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    Bathroom

    Martha unearthed the pink Venetian mirror at a consignment store. The pink glazed tiles were made in the 1920s at Pewabic Pottery, one of Detroit's renowned potters.

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    Bathroom Sink

    Additional pinks are worked into the decorative scheme in the bathroom with a few embroidered towels and some soaps.

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