If you saw our tour of Laura and Blaine's Restful 1920s Asheville Home, you know that their place is really peaceful. They've opted for a muted color palette, relying heavy on basic white to give their home a sense of tranquility (and to better show off their collection of artwork and objects), so I was surprised to discover there was a lesson to be had here in how to use color at home.
Pull your colors from natural elements.
If you're after a peaceful home, you don't have to limit your palette to shades of white, either. Introduce color the same way Laura and Blaine did, by using colors found in nature, and stealing the shades directly from the natural objects around their home.
You can see their approach to color at work in the top photo. The rust-colored throw pillows are a near-match for the terra cotta pots by the window. And above, the art on the wall in their dining room plays off the deep green shades in the plants on the table. It happens again, with a dark green chair in the corner of the same room.
In fact, it would be tough to find any color in Laura and Blaine's home that wasn't found in nature. It all adds up to create a tranquil home that feels like an oasis.