I’ll admit the word ‘pastel’ makes me cringe a bit. For years, it’s conjured up images of saccharine sweet baby merchandise and Easter decor, but I realized in my study of color that it’s not the hues themselves I’m opposed to, it’s the overuse.
My most favorite colors to decorate with are pale greens and blues so in fairness, I am fan of pastels. They feel perfectly at home in a child’s room but in adult spaces, pastels are trickier. The key is to incorporate these paler hues in a judicious and calculated way so the softness is sophisticated and not juvenile, and to balance them with neutrals. Here are a dozen examples of favorite uses of a pastel palette.
Pair painted walls with black and white photography and decorative objects in modern shapes.
Use the hues unexpectedly, such as grasscloth wallpaper on the ceiling, as trim on a window treatment, or in a velvet on an accent chair.
Embrace your feminine side and upholster a sofa in blush pink or pale apricot, mix with contemporary accents and soft or shiny textures.
Use a pale pastel pillow as an accent to balance patterned or weighty furniture.
Partner them with global inspired or geometric textiles for a fresh approach.
Give a space an airy feel with paint, fabric, and artwork that repeats pale blue hues of sky and sea.
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Balance soft pastel pillows with bold artwork and textiles and a medley of patterns in a living room anchored by neutrals.
Soft blue and pink linen textiles feel light and airy but are grounded by organic textures found in the wood plank walls and woven base end table.
Allow the coast to influence the palette with soft blues and pale orchid fabrics.
Paint chairs in a pastel pink (or blue or green or yellow) to add cheer to a dining nook.
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Honor the heritage of a vintage sofa and upholster it in green velvet. Balance with contemporary accent furniture and modern art.
Paint your kitchen cabinets in a feel good nostalgic mint green, one that makes you happy each time you enter it.
For a glance at a few more favorite spaces in these pastel palettes, hop on over to read my latest article at Lamps Plus taking a look at pale winter hues.
What say you ? Are you pro or anti pastel in the home?