Timeless Interior Design, Tranquil Blue Paint Colors & Decorating With Simplicity

Timeless Interior Design, Tranquil Blue Paint Colors & Decorating With Simplicity turns an eye toward timelessness. We’ll consider sophisticated simplicity from Suzanne Kasler, peek at a different flavor of simplicity in the UK, identify a few paint colors imparting calm, and then parade a few lovely finds.

In an architecturally magnificent home in Maine with interior design by Suzanne Kasler, the master bedroom is bright and full of light. The tranquil pale blue grey accents and soothing sumptuous fabrics set a peaceful tone in the heavenly retreat.
From Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity (Rizzoli, 2018); Photo: William Waldron; Architect: Les Cole. Within a magnificent Maine home with interior design by Suzanne Kasler, the master bedroom is a serene oasis. Additionally, tranquil pale blue grey accents and sumptuous fabrics impart a peaceful spirit in the space.

Timeless Interior Design, Tranquil Blue Paint Colors & Decorating With Simplicity

Timeless Interior Design With Sophistication

 In a breathtakingly restored 1927 Buckhead home with interior design by Suzanne Kasler, a new side entrance is painted the palest of pal ice blues. Architecture: Spitzmiller & Norris.
From Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity (Rizzoli, 2018); Photo: Erica George Dines. In a breathtakingly restored 1927 Buckhead home with architecture by Spitzmiller & Norris and interior design by Suzanne Kasler, a new side entrance is painted the palest of pale ice blues.

I am always curious about an interior designer’s approach to color, and here’s what Suzanne Kasler notes about using coral throughout a project in Buckhead project (on p.75 of the book):

“You can sequence color strategically throughout a house, but it doesn’t have to be obvious. The subtle reference to coral shows up in room after room in different guises–in the pattern of a curtain fabric, as pillows, in a bouquet, as cording. In the rooms that are mostly shades of bone and neutral, the coral color really stands out.” – SUZANNE KASLER

And of course, I’m all ears when it comes to the designer’s philosophy about white decor…here’s her take:

A tailored white kitchen with design by Suzanne Kasler. White walls and weathered grayarmoires. Custom black hood with metallic detail over range. The French pastry table was found at 1stdibs. Belgian chairs in rustic linen. #suzannekasler #kitchen #sophisticateddecor #elegantdecor #interiordesign
From Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity (Rizzoli, 2018); Photo: Peter Vitale. In an elegant home in South Carolina, this lovely white kitchen was designed by Kasler. White walls, French pastry table, weathered gray armoire as well as a custom black range hood distinguish the space.

“When you do a house in neutrals and whites, one of the prettiest ways to make the rooms come alive is to play texture off texture.” -SUZANNE KASLER

The cover of Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity (Rizzoli, 2018). In case you crave pretty, traditional, and timeless interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed! Interior Designer Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity.

About the custom vanity for her client’s bath (below), Kasler says:

“We lacquered it white and found the most stunning, overscale, vintage Baguès sconces and dressed the room in pink taffeta curtains.”

From Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity (Rizzoli, 2018); Photo: Peter Vitale…the architect designed the homeowner’s vanity which resembles a vintage sideboard or dresser.  In case you crave pretty, traditional, and timeless interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed! Interior Designer Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity.

Suzanne Kasler’s Glorious Sense of Color

I’m crazy about the understated, ethereal, pale blues in the art and painted cupboard in this image from her book! Isn’t it inspiring!?!

Here’s another space designed by Kasler with heavenly blues.

In an architecturally magnificent home in Maine with interior design by Suzanne Kasler, the enclosed porch is attached to the main house. Linen curtains give the exterior room the feeling of an interior room. Bold blue and white stripe rug, various printed fabrics on rattan chair cushions, and blue garden stools are classic coastal design elements offering a warm welcome with cool tones.
From Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity (Rizzoli, 2018); Photo: William Waldron; Architect: Les Cole. This enclosed porch in Maine is attached to the main house, and linen curtains give it the same feel as an interior room. Bold blue and white stripe rug and printed fabrics on rattan chair cushions as well as blue garden stools are coastal design nods. 

Timeless Interior Design With Wabi Sabi

We have visited this spacious five bedroom, three bathroom Victorian home in the past ( Beth Dadswell of Imperfect Interiors Photography: Chris Snook), and it’s such a lovely example of a traditional, humble, imperfect approach to timeless interiors to stand the test of time.

Traditional Victorian home in the UK with interior design by Beth Dadson of Imperfect Interiors. Come see more Timeless and Tranquil Blues in a Victorian Home. #classicdecor #traditionaldecor #timelesshome #housetour
Interior Design: Imperfect Interiors (Photo: Chris Snook)

The Victorian home was originally tired, dated with ancient electrics, plumbing and heating. Choosing contemporary paint and fabric colors were key to adding relaxed grandeur to this timeless house.

Traditional Victorian home in the UK with interior design by Beth Dadson of Imperfect Interiors. Come see more Timeless and Tranquil Blues in a Victorian Home. #classicdecor #traditionaldecor #timelesshome #housetour

The Interior Designer’s Imperfect Mix

“By mixing ‘imperfect’ mid-century furniture with more traditional pieces, the inexpensive with the unusual, I can transform your home into an inspiring space that is totally unique and full of character.” ~Imperfect Interiors

Traditional Victorian home in the UK with interior design by Beth Dadson of Imperfect Interiors. Come see more Timeless and Tranquil Blues in a Victorian Home. #classicdecor #traditionaldecor #timelesshome #housetour

You may recall we toured another English home by Imperfect Interiors which included the kitchen below…find it RIGHT HERE.

Modern farmhouse classic kitchen with grey cabinets, zellige tile backsplash, and a collection of putty colored stone English pottery lined up on the window sill. Interior Design by Imperfect Interiors. Photo: Chris Snook. #kitchendesign #modernfarmhouse #englishpottery #vintagestyle #slowliving #greycabinets
Interior Design: Imperfect Interiors (Photo: Chris Snook)

Shades of Blue in a Traditional Home

This beautiful Victorian home with traditional style is an example of how a subtle repetition of timeless and tranquil blues can be effective and interesting.

Traditional Victorian home in the UK with interior design by Beth Dadson of Imperfect Interiors. Come see more Timeless and Tranquil Blues in a Victorian Home. #classicdecor #traditionaldecor #timelesshome #housetour

There is a sense of freedom introducing teal, navy, slate, and aqua blues. The result is a home that feels as though it has evolved.

Traditional Victorian home in the UK with interior design by Beth Dadson of Imperfect Interiors. Come see more Timeless and Tranquil Blues in a Victorian Home. #classicdecor #traditionaldecor #timelesshome #housetour

Soft Grey Blue with Warm Rose

Traditional Victorian home in the UK with interior design by Beth Dadson of Imperfect Interiors. Come see more Timeless and Tranquil Blues in a Victorian Home. #classicdecor #traditionaldecor #timelesshome #housetour
Clawfoot tub in a Victorian era bathroom - Imperfect Interiors in the UK. #blue #clawfoottub #Victorian #bathroomdesign
Traditional Victorian home in the UK with interior design by Beth Dadson of Imperfect Interiors. Come see more Timeless and Tranquil Blues in a Victorian Home. #classicdecor #traditionaldecor #timelesshome #housetour

Tone on Tone With Soft Grey Blue

Traditional Victorian home in the UK with interior design by Beth Dadson of Imperfect Interiors. Come see more Timeless and Tranquil Blues in a Victorian Home. #classicdecor #traditionaldecor #timelesshome #housetour

Teal Shades in a Timeless Un-decorated Home

Traditional Victorian home in the UK with interior design by Beth Dadson of Imperfect Interiors. Come see more Timeless and Tranquil Blues in a Victorian Home. #classicdecor #traditionaldecor #timelesshome #housetour
Teal blue painted bathroom vanity in a lovely design by Imperfect Interiors in the UK. #bathroomvanity #blue

Grey Blue With Warm Wood Tones

Traditional Victorian home in the UK with interior design by Beth Dadson of Imperfect Interiors. Come see more Timeless and Tranquil Blues in a Victorian Home. #classicdecor #traditionaldecor #timelesshome #housetour

4 Calm Light Blue Grey Paint Color Ideas

Another project incorporating soft, quiet, light blue gray paint colors that springs to mind is Brooke and Steve Giannetti’s Patina Farm.

The Giannettis painted steel framed doors and windows with a custom paint color similar to Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Gray.

Patina Farm master bedroom by Giannetti Home is a study in European country elegance with California organic simplicity. Photo: Velvet and Linen.
Design: Giannetti Home (Photo: Velvet and Linen).

While so many new home designs call for black painted steel, it was refreshing to see this calm color chosen along with the rest of the peacefully hushed palette.

Patina Farm master bedroom with antiques and European country inspired style. Giannetti Home.
Design: Giannetti Home (Photo: Velvet and Linen).

First, here’s that beautiful chalky light blue grey similar to the custom color used at Paina Farm.

1. Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray 242

Pavilion Gray Farrow & Ball paint color. Come see Gorgeous Light Blue Grey Paint Colors for Calm Interiors! #greypaintcolors #graypaintcolors #paviliongray #farrowandballpaviliongray

Buy a sample pot of: Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray 242

“This classic mid grey was originally created for a bespoke pavilion, but is also reminiscent of an elegant 18th century Swedish colour. One of the Architectural Neutrals, the subtle blue undertones of Pavilion Gray add a contemporary touch and sense of spaciousness. Combine with Dimpse, Blackened or Manor House Gray in any combination for a scheme that is perfect for the modern family home.” – Farrow & Ball

Slide View: 2: Pavilion Gray No.242 - 100ml Sample Pot

2. Farrow & Ball Blue Gray 91

Farrow & Ball Blue Gray 91 "This is one of those indeterminate colors that hovers somewhere between gray and green, though interestingly, it looks a lot more blue in a well-lit room. It's so nuanced that it's difficult to categorize, which is why I find it appealing. Pair it with creamy whites and, for those who dare to broaden the boundaries of typical Swedish decor, not-quite black." âShea Soucie
Buy a sample pot of: Blue Gray 91 by FARROW & BALLfarrow and ball blue gray

“With its subtle mix of blue, green and black pigments, Blue Gray creates the most relaxed of rooms that feel as if they have always been there. It is a cooler, more weathered version of French Gray and has the same almost magical quality of gently shifting between blue and grey depending on the light and time of day.” – Farrow & Ball

Slide View: 2: Blue Gray No.91 - 100ml Sample Pot

3. Benjamin Moore Silver Gray 2131-60

Silver Gray / BM 2131-60 (goes with Revere Pewter) ~~ candidate for the powder room if I paint the kitchen Revere Pewter ~~
Silver Gray 2131-60 by BENJAMIN MOORE

“This color is part of Color Preview. A collection of bold, saturated colors that brings spaces to life for those looking to illuminate their world with pure, extraordinary color. A great complement to Classic Colors, Color Preview offers a collection of 1,232 hues that excite and inspire with pure, deep, clear colors that create striking combinations.” – Benjamin Moore

4. Benjamin Moore Silver Lake 1598

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Silver Lake 1598 BENJAMIN MOORE

“This color is part of the Classic Color Collection. Surround yourself with your color favorites. These timeless, elegant, Classic Colors guarantee beautiful, usable color all the time, every time. A collection of 1,680 inspired hues that consumers and professionals have enjoyed for years, the colors in this palette are as timeless as they are forward.” – Benjamin Moore

One More Classic

Before sharing lovely finds, any Judy Garland fans in the audience? You just may enjoy (as I did!) this glimpse of her through the lens of the fabulous Renee Zellweger.

Lovely Finds & Decor With Blue & Grey

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Abstract Art Pillow Designer Pillow Decorative Throw Pillow
Abstract Art Pillow, MSStitchesbyKatie on Etsy
Cupboard 2 Drawer and 2 Door Accent Cabinet
Grey Accent Cabinet: FIND HERE
Mikah 3 Drawer Dresser #swedish #dresser #chest #bluegrey
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What do you think of blue frames? Are you bold enough for them?

Lyle Eyeglasses in English Oak for Women. A keyhole bridge and classic round frames make Lyle a frame for day and evening alike.
Warby Parker LYLE Frames in “Beach Glass”

Such an easy way to add an accent color in the bath.

Antiqued Brass Candlesticks
Classic White Dinnerware
Round Bronze Accent Table
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
San Jose Handleset for Front Door
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
French Linen Dining Chair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Farmers Market Wreath
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Linen Modern Wing Chair
White Slipcovered Sofa
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Marble Column Lamp
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Leather Patchwork Ottoman
Brisa Dreamquest Sofa
Modern Brass Globe Pendant
Antiqued Sunburst Mirror
Leather Chesterfield Sofa
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair

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-michele

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4 Comments

  1. October 25, 2019 / 12:50 pm

    Hi Michele,
    I love that barely there blue color especially in a bedroom. Suzanne Kasler’s rooms are always such a treat to see too. She usually manages to surprise us with something unexpected! Have a lovely weekend my friend 🙂

    • Michele
      Author
      October 25, 2019 / 1:36 pm

      Oooooh, yes, and now I’m thinking ‘barely blue’ would be an amazing post of inspiring rooms where that quiet faded hue takes our breath away. I know you must be so busy preparing for your show! Thinking of you and cheering you on across the miles. 🙂

  2. Joanna
    October 25, 2019 / 3:22 pm

    Suzanne Kasler’s rooms always appeal to me. She has a simplicity about her rooms. They are not over decorated but always complete, if that makes sense. 🤔 Always elegant and classic. When it comes to home decor, I’m a neutral girl, through & through.
    Enjoy your weekend,
    ~Joanna

    • Michele
      Author
      October 25, 2019 / 7:20 pm

      Thanks, Joanna. It’s already off to a great start, and I hope yours will bring joy and wonder. I agree about her lovely style – and I like to think her Midwestern upbringing was a strong influence on her sensibilities. 🙂

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