When your goal is quiet, no element should shout for attention. Here, pale furnishings and fabrics impart a traditional feel to a muted background that would have related as well to a contemporary treatment. Varying textures, such as wicker, carved wood, and brass, play against the serene noncolors. To make such a quiet look work, choose shades in discernible variations. In this casual seaside house, the taupe stripes, scenic fabric, and dark wood are the darkest elements, the walls and floors the lightest. The scenic fabric and photographs are still muted, creating interest without disturbing the calm mood. above: Vary the styles, sizes, and finishes of your furniture and lamps when colors are subtle. FINE DINING RECIPES FILET MIGNON Dark wood pieces, carefully chosen for shape and detail, add weight to a light palette. COLOKOPTIONSm Soft shades of stone gray and taupe create an alternative to beige and eggshell white. Instead of yellow, add gentle color with shades of delicate sunrise mauve.