How to Introduce Pastel Colors into Your Home

Sep 15, 2022

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A trend that just keeps coming back for more, the pastel aesthetic is taking the world of Instagram, TikTok and Pinterest by storm. No longer solely associated with nurseries, pastel colors create light and airy spaces, and you can make them work in almost any scheme. It only takes a quick scroll through your social feeds to see that dusty pinks, powder blues and mellow yellows are taking over. And our sweet tooth couldn’t be happier.

Whether you’re a minimalist at heart looking to add some soothing shades, crazy for color or want to brighten up a dark corner, pastel colors can work for you. And we’ve got the know-how to help you bring this candy-sweet spectrum into your home.

Palette Cleansers

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If you’re looking to add a hint of sorbet into your space, it’s important to bear in mind how pastel tones will work with your current color scheme. Dusky pinks are perfect or pairing with forest green and navy tones whilst a monochrome palette will welcome any pastel shade with open arms.

Fuss-Free Fabrics

Considerate materials are key to a sophisticated look alongside clean lines and neutral backdrops. Avoid frills, lace, and frumpy fabrics at all costs. Think concrete, marble, metallics or even timber to add a rough edge. Your pastels will be a playful finishing touch without creeping into pick’n’mix territory.

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If you’re unsure where to start, ease yourself in with your favorite shade and layer with complementing tones. If you’re feeling braver, mixing pops of pastels screams confidence and will fill your home with personality. Pop your lilac tones next to rich red shades, pair your peach with sage green, and layer blush pinks with acid yellows to instantly brighten and uplift your interior.

What's Your Accent?

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There’s no denying that pastels make the perfect accent to almost any scheme so pick a shade and get busy. Most pastel colors complement each other well, so don’t feel like you have to stick to one shade. Pair your pale olive with millennial pink or pop a muted lilac next to faded yellow. Pastel colors work wonderfully when paired with deeper shades so experiment with different depths and layer with complementing accents to add a gloriously grown-up finish to any setting.

The Bigger, The Better

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Wanting to make a real statement? Why not swap out an old sofa for a pretty pastel suite? Or keep your home clutter-free with colorful cabinets and bookcases. Banish bare walls with a plethora of colorful pictures and prints to create an eye-catching gallery wall.

Don't Forget the Finishing Touches

Some see decorative accessories as just another item to dust but when it comes to introducing new colors into a room, they’re just the thing. Start filling those shelves, cozy up your sofa and decorate your coffee table with some colorful accessories. You’ll be surprised what a few pops of color here and there can do for an interior.

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