No sooner have I finished painting my living room in a cosy dark green than we are all supposed to be decorating with pastels. I’m not wildly keen on pastels as I think they can end up looking a bit twee if you’re not careful. They remind me of Easter eggs and bunnies, Laduree macaroons (which can’t be a bad thing), and Miami!-all those art-deco buildings in ice-cream colours. But I must be longing for Spring to arrive because I find myself thinking about schemes which include a good dose of pastels: pistachio, pale blue, pale yellow, lavender and baby pink.
Most people think these colours should be confined to children’s bedrooms and nurseries, but they can be used successfully in adults rooms too, although I wouldn’t like to specify such pale colours in living areas where there were small children and muddy dogs!
If you are wary of using pastels, start off cautiously by using them in cushion fabric or accessories-easy to swop if you don’t like the look. Or in a dining room, add colour with pastel ceramics.
A more traditionally classic look -pink teamed with blues and greens, floral patterns and antique furniture will always look feminine. This sort of interior is what most people probably think of when pastels are mentioned.
Use a variety of complementary colours together, in muted, faded tones and add white as an accent colour to create a more contemporary look.
If you want to create a subtle look, combine blue or green pastels with deeper tones. Blues and greens tend to look more neutral than pinks and lavenders, perhaps because these undertones are found in so many “off white” paint colours.
Mix pastels with bright, bold colour for a contemporary look. Adding a neon colour contrast to your scheme will really give it wow-factor. Combine pale blue with hot pink and coral accessories, pistachio with deep purple. In a bedroom, think about pairing pale pink with neon pink accents.
Finally, yellow is a really versatile pastel as it can look ultra-feminine when paired with pink or pistachio, but sophisticated and elegant when teamed with grey, as in the bedroom below
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