HOW TO DECORATE WITH PASTEL COLOURS
Once strictly confined to the baby’s nursery décor, pastels have come a long way from being the juvenile hues of choice to being a perfect setting for sophisticated, grown-up spaces. Pastel colors have many benefits – they are soft and soothing, they are varied, they are versatile, and they can be fairly neutral when necessary.
Pastel colours can help give a room a soft, fresh feel and create a calming interior. A great way to introduce pastel colours is in soft furnishings, such as cushions and throws to keep a harmonious ambience. Team with different wood tones to introduce texture and interest
Pastel color schemes can be used with a variety of decorating styles. The most creative pastel palette ideas usher in summer and spring goodness. You can combine pastels with gentle whites or sophisticated grays and every combination looks absolutely stunning.
Whether you offset gentle shades with crisp white, combine them with more vivid colors, go subtle with a touch of pastel style, or saturate your space with these irresistible hues, you’re sure to have a winning interior!
There is something so relaxing about the lighter shades of the color palette for your spaces that you want to escape from the world in. Bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms are ideal for using soft colored textiles, bedding, and decorative decor throughout your space. If you still want to keep a more masculine edge to your private rooms, consider mixing darker colour hard surfaces like hardwood floors and darker colour tile and countertops to create an equal balance among the two colour spectrums.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT WOOD FINISHES TO COMPLIMENT YOUR PASTELS INTERIORS
The easy versatility of pastel colors is the ability to blend with natural materials such as wood paneling, wood floors, rattan, seagrass and more in your interiors. Look to lighter colored woods such as white oak, bamboo, lighter maple and similar varieties to compliment your pastel decor and appointments. If you’d like a contrast in your interiors steer towards rich cherry wood which looks gorgeous with pink and peach colors or try mahogany or deep brown colored stains with pastel yellow, blue or green for a beautiful contrast.
If you're looking to add just a hint of pastel prettiness to your home, try working in a few smaller accents or soft furnishings in candy colour into your scheme. In the kitchen, why not go for a bread bin, toaster and kettle in a pastel hue? Or in the bedroom you could add bedside lamps and scatter cushions, which all make for a quick and affordable transformation.
You do not need to go full force on the pastel tones, start introducing it through small moments and quantities such as though scatter cushions, or even ornaments such as a lovely colored glass vase. Throws are a great way of incorporating pastel colours into your livening room or bedroom.
IN THE BEDROOM
Add elegant touches of pastel color throughout your bedroom with accessories and decor, such as a throw in blush pink, lavender grey occasional, and pale blue accents, which can easily be switched out during the year for darker colors, as seasons change.
TAKE IT OUTSIDE
Take inspiration from the natural world and use soft greens and blues in your outdoor spaces. Layering them on top of one other creates wonderful tonal moments. If your outdoor space is small or surrounded by other buildings, using these colors creates another level of escape by figuratively transporting you to greener pastures.
MIX AND MATCH
Once you get used to using pastels you’ll love how they can brighten up a room. Using the same tone of colour across different shades adds real variety and interest to a room. It also makes it easier to blend in pattern - as long as you stick to the same tones.
Pastel colors were a big fad in the eighties, but they are far from being outdated. These colors are cool, subtle, and elegant. They suggest color without being in your face about it. While they are often used in feminine spaces, they can actually be quite gender neutral when the right tones are used correctly. As it goes with anything in decorating, it’s all about making the right design choices to capture what you want. You may be surprised by some of the beautiful spaces pastel colors can produce and how versatile they can be, share your pastel inspired spaces with us by tagging us on social media.
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