Remember, too, that when color is subtle, youll want to carefully choose shapes, fabrics, and finishes. Here, note the repetition of the oval shape for the side cabinet, the table at the foot of the bed, and the dresser mirror. The mix of the cotton print draperies, cutwork table skirt, and quilt adds variations of scale and pattern. left: Even with traditional furnishings, an all-white room feels austere. Here, the mood is still cool and calm but with the hints of pale lavender and subtle florals. (Note the white background and delicate framing for the botanical prints.) Be equally careful how you add accessories. In this bedroom, mirrored glass, silver, and crystal vary the textures and surfaces without undue color competition.The palest roses are the final finishing touch. If you like the idea of neutrals in a livelier scheme, DINING TABLE DESIGN BASICS vary patterns without distracting competing colors. In pleasing schemes, the lights and darks of a neutral color create the soothing palette.