How to Decorate with Pastels

Friday Finds:  Playing with Pastels

Nothing says spring quite like pastels. The pretty, pale colors of Easter eggs and children’s bedrooms are now on trend for all of us. Pastels are all grown up, with new hues and eye-catching color combinations.

Trending combination of color according to @pantonecolor: Wan blue, pale peach and tender yellow
Images from the September issue of Goodhomes Magazine. Photography by Max Attenborough

 

Decorating with Pastel Blue | Photo by Jake Curtis

Pantone’s Spring Color Report spotlighted the soft, cool colors. “An eclectic, ethereal mix of understated brights, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals take center stage as designers draw from daydreams of simpler times,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

 

Traditional Entry by Benjamin Moore |Peach Parfait 2175-70 and Flint AF-560

 

Subdued hues like wan blue, pale peach and tender yellow can create a calm mood, while mixing and matching multiple pastels makes a stronger statement.

House of Turquoise

 

How do you work pastels into a space without going overboard? Better Homes and Gardens’ Style Spotter Khristian A. Howell has some great advice: “A little touch of blush, lilac or seafoam can go a long way. Consider pairing with fresh metallics like brushed gold, brass, and copper.”

They may seem soft and subtle, but pastels can be powerful. BHG’s Howell says the key is balance. “Pair your favorite pastel with modern accents, metallics, and black to keep the color ground and grown up. One wall, a striking piece of artwork, or a rug goes a long way to add a sophisticated splash of color.”
There’s no better way to learn about color combinations than visiting the color experts at our Hirshfield’s locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota and North Dakota. Remember, we love to talk about this stuff.

 

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  1. […] This quaint English cottage inspires by using modern colors to highlight its old shed charm. To get the look, install trim at ceiling height and finish the walls below the trim in a soft color. Install stained glass or hang stained-glass art from the window frame. Choose accessories and furniture in natural materials like wood or wicker, and limit the color scheme to white, wood, and your wall color for a calming atmosphere. For a more contemporary but still pastel look, plaster the walls to remove seams, and play around with the colors. […]

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