I think pastels have had a bit of a bad reputation in the last 10 or so years. It immediately conjures sweet and sickly interiors where everything looks to be sugar-coated and much too frilly for normal life. However, the good news is that pastels don’t have to be childish nor do they have to mean covering every surface to the point of a sugar coma. You can incorporate pastels – perfect for Spring! – in your decor and it still look very contemporary and very on trend.
Today’s pastels tend to have a hint of gray within them. This keeps them from being too ‘sweet’ and gives them a bit of an edge. Consider the latest trend for blush pinks and you’ll see what I mean. They are a softer shade and much more grown up affair, not a bubblegum pink you’d find in a 7 year old’s bedroom. They can look clean and sophisticated, graphic and uncomplicated.
Combine them with darker hues to give a room a little tension. Blacks and deeper shades ground pastel colors and make them look richer and more intriguing. This minty pastel green and pink look effortlessly cool with nearly black walls and furnishings.
For a light and airy look, combine pastels with shades of grey, accented with textural fabrics, graphic patterns and warm finishes as seen in the living room below. The resulting look is crisp and refined and easy to live with.
Of course, pastels can be used as the perfect accent to an all-white space. Warm up the look with metallic finishes in gold and wood furniture which will create a welcome sanctuary.
Consider using pastels in your artwork as well. An abstract painting in various shades of pastel hues will lighten and brighten a space with more traditional styles, adding a welcome contrast to visually heavier furniture and lighting.
For a different kind of contrast, consider combining pastels with graphic black and white patterns which will give your lighter hues a bit of an edge. The kitchen below, with its graphic flooring, creates a wonderful foil to the softly colored cabinets and island. The navy blue stools create further contrast and tension, creating a dynamic space.
Pastels are perfect for the bedroom when combined with rich wood furniture like our Original Rustic range below. Consider mixing a few softer patterns in various sizes and colors for a calm and cohesive look that will start and end your day in relaxation and calmness.
How will you be using pastels this Spring? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!