Lickety-split decorating

by Joseph Boehm


The Neapolitan palette isn't just for ice cream parlors and wrapping paper. Pink seems perpetually hot in fashion and at home, and it's especially rich when paired with a grounding tone like chocolate brown. A braided wool rug in shades of pink, brown, and cream adds warmth next to the bed or in the family room. This one, from Kea, is made of felted New Zealand wool. About $399 for a 5x8-foot rug. Call 800/628-7872 for retail locations.

Add updated 1950s flair to a sitting area with a couple of low-slung seats in chalky pink linen. "Astrid" chair, $900, from Mitchell Gold;; 800/789-5401.

Give instant gratification to your chocolate-strawberry craving: Arrange a few brown-hued anthurium in a pink pitcher or mass a bundle of pink roses or tulips in a brown cup. "Trumpet" pitcher, $46, from Potluck Studios; 413/442-8200 or for stores.


You can paint the town red, but it probably won't be as much fun as painting the room pink. Pick an accent wall and add some feel-good drama in the form of pink, brown, and cream stripes. In this treatment (right), pink is the dominant color, brown adds weighty contrast, and the cream stripes add visual pauses. The trick to keeping the look sophisticated is to vary the width of the stripes and create a somewhat random pattern.

Pillows, $36 each, from Red Egg; e-mail for stores. "Sarina" sofa, $1,905, from Mitchell Gold; 800/789-5401.