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Updated: March 1, 2012 11:39 AM | By Björn Wallander
6 White Decorating Lessons

Lesson 5: Subtract colour to emphasize architecture



Lesson 5: Subtract colour to emphasize architecture (© Björn Wallander)
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  • Susan Stella restored her century-old Montana farmhouse to its humble roots and discovered six elemental truths about making the simple sublime (© Björn Wallander)
  • Lesson 2: A single hue unifies disparate styles. (© Björn Wallander)
  • Lesson 3: Add a dash of darkness in a small space (© Björn Wallander)
  • Lesson 4: Ephemeral approaches yield offhand glamour (© Björn Wallander)
  • Lesson 5: Subtract colour to emphasize architecture (© Björn Wallander)
  • Lesson 6: Earth tones ground rooms; white lets ceilings soar (© Björn Wallander)
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Whitewashing the walls in this attic bedroom heightened the drama of its pointed arch. "I love the way the horizontal boards emphasize the lines of the pitched ceiling," Stella says. She found the turn-of-the century iron bed on her first trip to Montana; the chandelier came from an antiques store in Santa Barbara. An English Home quilt (on the bed) and Matteo blanket (draped over the banister) keep the scene from feeling chilly.

Bright Idea: No need to call an electrician: Simply hang a chandelier from a hook, with the chain doubling as jewelry.

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