Colour Stories: Pastel Power

Team contemporary chalky colours with stripped-back wood 
to create a pale but interesting look. Easy does it…


It’s the materials mash-up that gives this cute lamp its edge. Pretty damn cool…

Sned oak and terracotta table lamp, £299, BoConcept. Alma wood side table, £60, Next Home. Wood egg cups, £4 for a set of four, Hedgehog. Galbe ash cups, from £15 each, Pauline Deltour for Discipline at Twentytwentyone. Plants throughout, from a selection, B&Q. Ruché Medium wool and beech sofa in Divina Céladon, £3,935, Inga Sempé for Ligne Roset. Walls painted in Moss Phlox matt emulsion, £39 for 2.5l, Sanderson.


Stack up the style with everyday ceramics in spearmint-fresh shades.

Medium Pebble bowls in Duck Egg, bottom of stack, £45 each; Flared cereal bowls in Duck Egg, in-between Pebble bowls, Wasabi, near top of stack, and Pistachio, upside down, £48 each; Pebble cereal bowls in Duck Egg and Blue, £32 each; Flared side plates in Pistachio, £27 each; teacup and saucer in Duck Egg, £59; and saucer in Duck Egg, part of a teacup set, all Mud Australia. Everyday breakfast bowls in Pink, £25 each, Emma Lacey for The Conran Shop. Deep Rimmed elm nut bowls, left, £78 each, Liam O’Neill for David Mellor. Individual elm salad bowl, right, £15, Ray Key at David Mellor. Victoria oak dining table, £1,515, Terence Conran for Benchmark. Bloomberg reclaimed-wood palette chair, £1,920, Nina Tolstrup for 19 Greek Street. Walls painted in Moss Phlox matt emulsion, as before.


A statement mint sofa joins ice-cream colours in a rocking setting for band practice.

Ruché Medium wool and beech sofa in Divina Céladon, £3,935, Inga Sempé for Ligne Roset. Lombard oak and ash shelving unit, £2,350, Pinch. Eikon Shell pendant in Oak/Blue, £369, Niklas Jessen and Julia Mülling for Schneid. Deluxe music stand, £16.99, Kinsman at Amazon. Lightflite cello case, £235, Hiscox Cases at Bridgewood & Neitzert. Oona wool rug, £200, Normann Copenhagen at Occa-Home. Vinyl floor tiles in Frosty Blue, £42.95 per sq m, Harvey Maria. Hexagonal plywood plant pots, from £40 each, Thomas Poole for Primary Grey.


Overmantel mirrors are oh-so square. Use an on-trend pendant for instant clout.

Moulds hand-blown glass and beech pendant, £1,400, Jan Plecháč and Henry Wielgus for Lasvit. Painted wood branch, £34, Holly’s House. Single wood and leather hanging wall planters, £19.99 each (including hooks); and triple wood and leather hanging wall planters, £39.99 each (including hooks), Christopher Berry.


A crafted table built for eight provides the perfect place for tea-time treats.

Victoria oak dining table, £1,515, Terence Conran for Benchmark. Turn beech light, £200, Ester Comunello for Heal’s Discovers at Heal’s; with Hive leather and steel pendant, from £400, Angus Matchett for Dare Studio. Hal leather and oak chair, £307.20, Jasper Morrison for Vitra. Kids Table One in oak, £485, Another Country. Alice wood stool, £75, Rose in April at Molly-Meg. Barby carafes, from £35 each, Georg Jensen. American milk glass cake stands, from £29 each, RE. Meringues, £2.80 each, Ottolenghi. Shell Beach framed artwork, £1,500, Sue Williams. Walls painted in Moss Phlox matt emulsion; and vinyl floor tiles in Frosty Blue, both as before.


After a dash around the park, flop into a soothing, softly coloured chair – and breathe…

Lazy ash and cotton armchair, £1,572, Calligaris. Monty Two-Tops oak side table, £395, Samuel Chan for Channels. Original towel, £39, Lexington. Earl mirror, £95, Haidée Drew. PS 2014 tray, £8, Ikea. Classic radiator in Mint, £430.80, Bisque. 56L Brompton bike in Turkish Green, £1,015, Brompton.


Inspiration can be so hard to come by. A glass desk makes light work of it.

Diapositivo glass and ash desk, £2,982, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Glas Italia at Aram Store. Ribba picture frame, on desk, £6, Ikea. Galbe ash cup, £18, Pauline Deltour for Discipline at Twentytwentyone. Kenny oak and Kvadrat wool-mix chair, from £1,000, Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay for Raw Edges at Moroso. Iro wood and resin storage unit, £3,400, Jo Nagasaka for Established & Sons. Woodrow waste baskets, £20 each, Umbra at Amara. Vinyl floor tiles in Frosty Blue; and walls painted in Moss Phlox matt emulsion, both as before. Black Headed Gull print, £55, Paul Farrell at FAO Shop. For a similar frame, try Ikea.


Glam up for some high jinks at a sleek dressing table. The birch and ash combo is so flattering.

Emil birch and ash-veneer dressing table, £595, Matthew Long for Habitat. Woven ash screen, £895, Sebastian Cox. Houdini lacquered-wood side chair, £530, Stefan Diez for e15 at Viaduct. Lumier bead pendant, £175, Haidée Drew. Vintage slip dress, from a selection, Beyond Retro. For a similar hand sculpture, try Pitfield London. Pulvis wool-mix runner in Pink, £145, Linie Designs at Heal’s.


A futon-style headboard gives this bed an extra level of comfort – ideal for lounging till lunchtime.

A La Mode Inez king-size ash bed frame with cotton headboard, £849; and king-size mattress, from a selection, British Bed Stores. (Completely) Imperfect oak and wool day bed, £1,985 (includes mattress and bolster), Matthew Galvin for Galvin Brothers. A-Frame oak hanging rail, £595, Matthew Elton for Ambrose at Heal’s. Biella linen pillowcase in Turquoise and Aloe, £20; Biella flat sheet in Turquoise and Aloe, £105; and Biella king-size duvet cover in Camellia, £165, Designers Guild. Quilted linen bedspread in Pink, from £349, Lexington. Blue Moon half-sized violins, £89.95 each, Hobgoblin Music. Everyday espresso cups, £20 each; and Everyday mug, £24, Emma Lacey.

Photography: Katya de Grunwald

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