The mood last year was cautious, restrained, but still optimistic.
You become aware of the complexion of colors and “the restrained luxury of the surfaces.”
Funny how being nude and restrained amplifies your nerve endings.
mid-14c., from stem of Old French restreindre "press, push together; curb, bridle; bandage" (12c.), from Latin restringere "draw back tightly, confine, check" (see restriction). Related: Restrained; restraining.
That which we restrain we keep within limits; that which we restrict we keep within certain definite limits; that which we repress we try to put out of existence. [Century Dictionary, 1902]