Designer Palette: Winter's Reprieve

Winter's Reprieve

A classic but fresh fabric is the starting point for this bright color scheme. Cheery blue, orange, and hot pink are an antidote to a dull room.

Designer: Lauren McGrath

Getting Started:

Use a ratio formula to help you put together a color scheme. Choose one main color to serve as 40-60 percent of your color palette, then one to two supporting colors to comprise 30-40 percent of your color palette, and fill the remainder with one to two accents. Thinking of color this way can help you determine how much of each color to use. Go to the next slide to see how this scheme breaks out.

The Colors

A pure light blue is the main color in this palette, which is supported by snowy white. Both colors are pure and will offer a crisp, clean foundation. Accents of orange and hot pink add warmth.

Winter's Reprieve: Classic Patterns

"Mixing a floral with a stripe is something that decorators have been doing for ages, but it still feels fresh to me," designer Lauren McGrath says. In this space, a striped bolster is paired with abstract leaf-print shams and a vine-print comforter.

Winter's Reprieve: For the Girls

This timeless yet fun palette would play out well in teen girls' bedrooms, McGrath says. Blue isn't just for boys and gets a feminine boost from the pink.

Winter's Reprieve: The Details

When bold colors and patterns are utilized, let the rest of the room speak softly. Try white linens edged in hot pink, high-gloss white lacquer furniture, touches of Lucite, and simple white Roman shades trimmed around the edges with blue.

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Blue print fabric: Theodora Linen and Cotton Print in Sky Blue/Rose, Pattern BR-79799.M21, Brunschwig & Fils;

Use for: Pillows, design Lauren McGrath says."The Brunschwig & Fils fabric is one of their classic, traditional fabrics recolored in more vibrant hues."

Striped fabric: Pavillion Stripe in Pink Orange/Oyster, Bennison Fabrics;

Use for: Upholstered ottoman

Orange linen: SKU 32260.12, Kravet;

Use for: Fabric-covered bulletin board, pillows

Trim: 1-1/2-inch Sabine border in CyanItem, 977-56041-19, Samuel and Sons;

Use for: Roman shade trim

Paint color: China Blue, 2052-60, Benjamin Moore;

Use for: Walls



Create a cheerful look in any room by decorating in bright colors. Learn how to create a bright color scheme that can be used in any room by taking a cue from the color wheel.

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