Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Yin and Yang

Yin is associated with water, earth, the moon, femininity and nighttime. Yang is associated with fire, sky, the sun, masculinity and daytime. The yin and yang of a bedroom must be balanced or you won't sleep well. Not true, but it is causing me to lose sleep. Again, not true, but the balance between masculine and feminine decor is important just like balancing pattern, scale and color. I found my best examples perusing old House Beautiful's bedrooms. Some achieve perfect balance and others lean more to one side than the other and you can tell. They don't fall off the tight rope completely but those that master the balance between the two opposites work very nicely.

The milk washed walls soften the animal horns; the layers of pillows and blankets and worn furniture add warmth to the yellow, white and black color palette.

I think this works, you have softer, more feminine silhouettes in the room, that are juxtaposed with neutrals and shades of blue.

I spy magenta velvet.

The Suzani pattern on the quilt at the end of the bed has a beautiful shade of pink in it. The rest of the room is very English by the way patterns are mixed on the bed coverings. Plus the picture of the ship with brass lamps flanking the bed make the pink disappear.

Oooooh, this pink room might be pushing the yin.

The natural wood, the contrast of black and the soft pastels make this bedroom one of my favs.

You could convince someone that the walls are purple, or a mushroom brown, depending on who you're trying to convince.

The pink works because it's paired with brown-black and no florals, I think I could get away with this.

This purple wall color melds nicely with the masculine barrel tufted headboard. If you wanted to recreate, I'd probably tone down the neon pink. Just sayin'.

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