Creating a Serene Classic Style Bedroom

The traditional bedroom of an historic Southern home is equal parts serene and stylish thanks to the use of muted colors.

Tone-on-Tone Layering

One of the most successful ways to keep a muted space from falling flat is to layer in several shades of the same color using pillows and throws. The large-scale butterfly pillow in the armchair has slightly more purple in it than the upholstery fabric, resulting in a subtle, sophisticated layering effect. When layering shades of mauve and lavender, it’s important to stay away from those with beige undertones: they’ll end up reading more in the pink or flesh tone family.

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