This pretty living room’s neutral color palette offers a clean backdrop for the layers of traditional, modern and vintage elements in the space. Gray walls create contrast with the moulding around the ceiling and entryways. A Restoration Hardware sofa in a soft shade of periwinkle is a perfect complement to the home’s traditional bones. A pale pink rug completes the room’s palette of light pastels. The feminine color palette works in partnership with the vintage details in the room like the coffee table, featuring curved legs that have a feminine feel.
Pink and orange throw pillows, and a fun flamingo stuffed animal, compliment the soft tones in the watercolor painting above the bed. The simple and sweet white twin bed is fixed with white bed linens and a pale pom-pom trim.
Welcome fall with the beautiful blooms of an autumn classic: New England aster. This beauty offers blooms in a host of hues, including brilliant purple, pale lavender, pink and ruby. Asters beckon butterflies and bees with their blooms, providing an important food supply to pollinators from late summer into fall. Asters have a tendency to flop. Plan to prune in early summer or stake in autumn. ‘Purple Dome’ plants grow 18 to 24 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-8.
Summer long color is yours when you add ‘Amethyst Pearl’ phlox (Phlox carolina) to your garden. A butterfly favorite, ‘Amethyst Pearl’ opens pale lavender-pink blooms starting in early summer. The show continues until early fall, with blossoms beckoning butterflies, bees and other pollinator insects. If you like gathering garden bouquets, grow this phlox—its flowers look great in a vase. Note that while this beauty looks like old-fashioned garden phlox, it's actually a different species. Be sure to get Phlox carolina if you want a phlox for damp soil. Plants grow 18 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 3-8.
In this open concept living area, the white rug and sectional serve as a muted backdrop for splashes of color throughout the space. Blues, pale greens, even a hint of pink from the flower arrangement on the table wake up the room.
Patterns are harmoniously woven together to create a colorful master bedroom design. The key to adding different patterns to a room is to choose different prints and colors. A striped nightstand contrasts with the interlocking scroll design on the yellow wallpaper and ties the pink of the ottoman with the pink tweed pillows. A soft, pattern in the gray-and-white window treatments parallel the colors of the bedding and acts as a backdrop for the pale, blue armchair.
Two-story custom-banded draperies frame the living room view of the pool on this refreshing southern estate. The homeowner's favorite colors of pale avocado and fuchsia pink are showcased throughout the room on unique upholstered furniture. Onyx-tiered side tables, a lacquered ebony coffee table and unique accessories complete this youthful, yet elegant look.
A light, natural wood accent wall adds subtle and effective texture against the light turquoise walls and white crown molding. The pale turquoise is repeated on the bench at the foot of the bed and a final touch on the smallest throw pillow. Salmon pink bed covers add a bright pop of color with a dainty, matching pattern on the curtains. A feminine white bed frame is a perfect fit for the design.
'Gentle Hermione' is an utterly charming English Rose with perfectly formed flowers of true Old Rose character. The pure pink color pales to soft blush towards the outside of the flower. The blooms are very resistant to rain. It forms a sturdy rounded and very healthy shrub of medium height, with slightly arching stems. Its fragrance is a strong, warm, classic Old Rose scent with a hint of myrrh. Grows to 4ft tall x 3 ft wide. (David Austin 2005).
Many modern rose varieties have lost their fragrance, as breeders developed other traits. ‘Bathsheba,’ a repeat bloomer from David Austin Roses, has the rich scent of honey and myrrh. Hardy in USDA zones 5-9, this climber can grow to 10 feet and produces big, densely petaled blooms that are apricot-pink on the top and soft yellow below. An outer ring of pale petals gives them a “halo” effect. ‘Bathsheba’ is one of five David Austin roses the company recommends planting for fragrance.
Some clematis showcase bicolor blooms. One of the most well-known in this category is ‘Nelly Moser.’ This beauty unfurls very big, 7- to 9-inch flowers in late spring and early summer, followed by a second bloom in early fall. Each blossom displays pale lilac petals with a glowing pink bar down the center. Colors tend to fade in full sun, so give ‘Nelly Moser’ a spot with light shade. Flower centers sport shades of deep purple. For best flowering, remove top growth by one-third in early spring. Vines grow 6 to 10 feet tall by 3 feet wide. Grow beside a porch where you can enjoy the bicolor blossoms on a daily basis. Hardy in Zones 4 to 8.