Pretty Pastels in Interiors

By Oliver Burns

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February 5, 2014|

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  • retty pastels in interiors, from pale lilac to buttercup-yellow are beginning to peek through the grey of winter as fashion, fabrics and furnishings emerge with a fresh trend for interiors this year. Soft pastels are no longer the preserve of spring and summer, they can also work well in the winter, lightening up spaces and reflecting light around the room. Through the sophisticated choice of colour and combining soft hues with natural textures and hard materials, you can keep the look from feeling too sugary sweet whilst allowing this trend to work all year round.
Images sourced via Ferm Living (left) and Linie Design (right)

When combined with greys and neutrals, pastels become muted whilst still providing uplift to an interior. Both Linie Design’s Mirina Rug and Ferm Living’s cushions, mix pastel shades with darker tones and geometric pattern, showing that the two can create a harmonious blend of colour without the pastels becoming overpowering.

Image sourced via Apartment Therapy

Toughen up your pastels with natural materials and textures. Above, a worn leather chair, rustic wood table and a hide rug allow this space to become an eclectic mix of styles. A favourite of mine, Sputnik Estudio Santorini Lights, are a perfect example of how pastels can work with natural materials.

Image sourced via Mette Helena Rasmussen

Pastels blend well with rich metallics such as brass – a material that we have seen embellishing interiors in recent months. Mixing the two will add warmth to an interior and the contrast of hard materials and soft hues will strike a beautiful balance within the scheme. The angular gold lampshade and hints of gold in the picture frames above, add a tough edge to the pretty pink wall in this room.

Image sourced via Houzz

Offsetting pastel shades with crisp white can create a stunning space. White walls and floors generate a serene backdrop for pastel accents. The living space shown here manages to feel calm even though a range of hues are used, thanks to the light wooden furniture and use of white paint.

Images sourced via Apartment Therapy (left) and Decoist (right)

If you don’t want to oversaturate in sugary tones, save the pastels for accent pieces such as lighting, textiles and wall hangings such as Carole True‘s Flowers Artwork in muted tones. The artworks above and the sculptural yellow lamp, warm up the white walls whilst keeping the rooms feeling fresh and bright.

Image sourced via Best of Interiors

Due to the light nature of pastels, using them in excess can also work to create a bright, light and airy space. Concentrating on one pastel shade alongside a neutral will reduce the competition of colour in a room, resulting in a calming setting. Above, pastel green, known for its peaceful qualities creates a serene environment in this bedroom when mixed with white.

Whether you go subtle and offset pastels with crisp white and natural tones, or saturate your space with these powdery hues, pastel shades can work in many settings. They are perfect for both brightening the home in winter and reflecting the suns light in summer, creating a stunning interior that enhances light and space throughout the year.

Written by LO


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