You wouldn’t be making a mistake if you choose green to base a room around.   Martha Stewart has brought pastel color tones into the spot light more than anyone else over the last 20 years.   Pastel tones were at their height during Rococo period (1725-1775) which was an 18th century reaction against the grand Baroque style.  Rococo is a lighter, more whimsical version of the Baroque style.   Pastels flurished during this time as the rococo style emphasized lighter based colors, sinuous curves, and patterns based on flowers, vines, and shells.

How to use pastels:

When using pastel colors in the room, it’s important to remember that there are  plenty of pastel shades to pick from.

-Base a room around yellow using light yellow on the walls with brighter canary yellow throw pillows and art. Consider contrasting painted black furniture to make a statement.

-Pastel colors work wonderful on the wall because they are light and not over powering.  Layer in darker tones of the same hue with furniture and brigher hues of the same color with accessories.

One simple way of selecting a shade is to use paint sample strips from your local decorating store.  Simply find a darker color on the  paint strip that matches your furniture pieces, then, choose the lightest pastel color on the strip  for your wall paint

-Pale apricot would be a terrific color to put on the walls.  Pair it with blood orange accessories, and light green accents.

Celery green painted walls would look terrific with brighter colored mint green painted storage containers.  Use a slightly darker green around the trim.

Where do you fall with warm or cold color tones?

A gray can look quite different when it has undertones of yellow, or blue.  Yellow can fall into the warmer category, while the blue is more of a cooler tone.

Pastel Colors

Warm Red: Permanent red, scarlet, poppy red, Cold Red: Carmine, crimson, madder red

Warm Green: Permanent and phthalo green, Cold Green: Aquamarine, teal

Warm Blue: French ultramarine, deep ultramarine, Cold Blue: Cerulean blue, turquoise

Warm Violet: Red violet, Cold Violet: Ultramarine violet or blue violet

– You can find inspiration in the most unusual places.  Here you see a lighter dulled down mint green combined with more of a Kelly green with red accents.  Talk about a great room color scheme!

– Consider collecting green glass which you can use as display or as a vase.

-Use storage furniture that you can paint.  I have painted my cardboard storage boxes in the past to unify my garage space.  Wicker baskets can be painted, along with wall shelves.

In this photo, you don’t see any furniture glazing, or distressing, – just simple hand painted finishes on the furniture and the trim.  It goes to show you that not everything needs to be glazed and antiqued.  Green is used throughout the room in subtle ways.  If you look at the top of the table, the pad is also painted or re-covered in the same color tones.  A green gingham fabric is a perfect combination for this chair; not too busy, but detailed.  Storage boxes and magazine folders match perfectly adding to this custom look.  It is interesting to see how ONE color tone can make such a big impact.

This room which appeared in Martha Stewart is based around pastels.  An asian table painted in black gives a wonderful contrast to the light green pastel.  If you look closely around the dog, you will see the trim is painted in a darker paint shade.  The best thing about this photograph are the lovely floating shelves on the wall that are painted to match the wall color.  White magazines show off an exceptional collection, while at the same time, allowing this look to remain clean and organized.

Consider buying a gallon of green paint, along with a quart of white paint.  When your walls, and furniture are painted, add in some white into the existing green paint to get a very light version of the color that the room is based around.  Paint a childs chair to sit in the corner, or some accessories in light green.  Consider painting the matts of your picture frames with this lighter color tone for a subtle contrast on the walls.

New from the Home Decorators Collection and Martha Stewart Living is a line of craft furniture designed to organize your crafts.  The line is called the Craft Space Collection and is designed to be highly functional with maximum storage capability. The pieces are based on the custom-made furniture that is found in Martha’s own personal craft rooms. This furniture is specifically designed for avid crafters who need special furniture for their crafting projects.

The crafting room is often the most disorganized room in the house, because of the endless supplies that make it appear cluttered.  For most people, they don’t have a whole room designated for their crafts, which is why this furniture line is so appealing.  These pieces are so beautiful that they wouldn’t look out of place in any area of your home.  These pieces are designed to work with one another.  Buy one piece to furnish just a corner or an entire room with pieces that mix and match.

The pieces will aid you with paper based crafts such as scrap-booking and card making, as well as sewing.  Pieces are designed specifically to hold wrapping paper and ribbon and plenty of drawer and shelf space for tools, paper, sewing supplies and more. The furniture is available in two colours, sage green and white.

Sasha Waddell Interiors also has a collection of furniture inspired by the classic simplicity of American utilitarian designs of the 1930s.  The color looks almost identical to Martha Stewarts.   Look how she matches up the magazine holders with the same color that is used on the furniture.

Craft Space Gift wrap Hutch, 34″Hx42″W, RHODODNDRN LEAF $169

Craft Space Table, 36“Hx54″W, RHODODNDRN LEAF $249

Craft Space Table, 31″Hx54″W, $229

Collection in Rhododndrn Leaf:

-Craft Space Deep Cubby Organizer, 13″Hx21″W, RHODODNDRN LEAF $69

-Craft Space Left Cubby Organizer, LEFT, RHODODNDRN LEAF $27

-Craft Space Corkboard, CORK, RHODODNDRN LEAF $49

-Standard File Cabinet, 31″Hx21″W, RHODODNDRN LEAF $159

-Small Cubby Drawer, TALL-6″Hx5.25″W, $6

Tall Cubbie Drawer, SHORT-4″Hx5″W,$6

-Zigzag Drawer Insert, 16.75″Wx11.25″D,$16

-Storage Console, SHORT-31″Hx21″W, $129

Magazine File, 11.5″Hx4.25″W, $14

-Letter File Cubbie Drawer, LETTER FILE, $14

-Deep Cubbie Drawer, TALL-6″Hx5″W, $9

Collection in Picket Fence :

– Craft Space Gift wrap Hutch, 34″Hx42″W, $169

 -Craft Space 42″w Storage Console, LONG-31″Hx42″W, $179

-Craft Space Deep Cubbie Drawer, TALL-6″Hx5″W,$9

-Martha Stewart Living™ Craft Space Table, 31“Hx54″W, $229

-Craft Space Center Cubby Organizer, CENTER, $59

-Craft Space Paper Organizer, PAPER-13″Hx21″W, $119

-Craft Space Right Cubby Organizer, RIGHT, $27

-Craft Space Standard File Cabinet, 31″Hx21″W, $159

-Storage Console, SHORT-31″Hx21″W, $129

Collection in Sharkey Gray:

-Craft Space 21″w Storage Console, SHORT-31″Hx21″W, $103

– Craft Space Paper Organizer, PAPER-13″Hx21″W, $119

–Craft Space Deep Cubby Organizer, 13″Hx21″W,$69

Additional Beautiful Pieces:

-Martha Stewart Larsson Desk in Black, $399

-Martha Stewart Living Larsson Cabinet $199

-Martha Stewart Living Ingrid File Console $399

-Martha Stewart Living Larsson Swivel Desk Chair $124

-Martha Stewart Living™ Ingrid Console Table, $279

– Martha Stewart Living Ingrid 3-Shelf Bookcase $259

Use Your Garage

Running out of space?  Transform your basement or attic with these attractive pieces.  Think about a major overhaul in your garage.  Get rid of the clutter and make it into a usable space, while at the same time not making your husband mad that he has to park outside.  If your garage is long and narrow, consider using the side of the garage, and work with the space vertically.

TV armoires are being thrown out at local used furniture outlets as people are hanging their flat-screens on the wall.  Consider a used armoire for the endless over-sized tools.  Consider staining your concrete a lighter beige to make the space look cleaner and paint the walls a coordinating green to make this room a usable extension of your home.  Work with existing furniture, and match up your previous collection by painting your existing furniture and accessories green.