Pastel colours can look fantastic when used as part of a home decor colour scheme, but it can be tricky to know how to incorporate them. Find out with these tips.
Pastel colour schemes are taking off at the moment, whether seen in those delicious looking macarons you walk past every day or the latest high fashion runway trends. Whether lovely lilac, baby blue or minty green, there's surely a shade to suit every palate - as long as you like things soft and pretty, that is!
When it comes to your home, however, you may not feel quite as comfortable with such a colourful, feminine palette. That may be about to change, with these tips on incorporating the softest, sweetest shades into your little slice of paradise.
Make white the centrepiece
One excellent way to incorporate touches of pastel into your home without drenching it in saccharine shades is by putting the focus on a white backdrop. Home decorating website Decoist recommends letting pastels pop in small doses by using them as accessories in an all-white room.
Think white painted wooden floorboards, white walls, white furniture and a pale blue rug and cushions for a crisp, creative effect, or an all-white bathroom with a sweet pink pendant light.
Those retro-looking pastel Smeg fridges have made a comeback in a huge way, and other appliance manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon to produce a range of candy-coloured dishwashers, blenders, ovens and more.
If you don't feel bold enough to go for a lilac fridge, consider smaller, stand-alone appliances in the shade, such as mixers and toasted sandwich makers. When left on your bench these can provide an excellent focal point without completely dominating the room.
A more classic approach to adding pastel to your home is by adding a country cottage theme. Think rustic and weathered, with lemony hues and gingham decorating the space. Add antique decorations and distressed wood to break up all the soft colours.