A watercolor, pottery, and floral fabrics could transform the room into cottage style, or sleek accessories could impart a contemporary spirit. For more on striping walls, see page III. Use a pale scheme as the ideal backdrop to mix furnishings and accessories. NEWELL DESIGN DINING TABLE When you keep the walls, floors, and major pieces light, accessories, tableware, and linens take center stage. Distressed or color-washed pieces, such as this armoire used for storage, are ideal for touches of color that don’t overpower the palette.Traditional country-finish cool blues and greens, in distressed finishes, work in pale rooms. COLOROPTIONSM Yellow not you?Try greens, pinks, or periwinkle blue to stripe with white. Look for such alternative choices for every color scheme featured throughout this chapter. COLOROPTIONSm Mixing a color with gray lowers the intensity. These accents add punch without heat; yellow, too, cools as a pale tint. above: If you enjoy the pale coolness of pastels inside, consider the porch as an extension of the interior. Traditional clear-white trim provides a crisp contrast. Shutters and detailing stand out in more intense hues of compatible colors. Here, on a porch, teal green pairs naturally with pink and white.