Playing with colour is one of the easiest and best ways to give your interiors a fresh new look while putting your personality and design style on full display.
Whether you want to make some simple changes like swapping out your coloured cushions or are itching to go for a full home makeover, there are plenty of things you can do to bring an invigorating splash of colour into your space.
Pastel colours have come into their own in recent years, with the pale shades wonderfully infusing interiors with a sense of tranquillity and bringing some subtle charm to any modern home.
Why Choose Pastel Colours for Your Interior Design?
If you’ve always been a fan of muted neutrals and tend to opt for a more minimalist look, decorating with pastels can be a great way to add colourful, dynamic elements to your space without compromising any sense of subtlety.
Pastel colour trends are especially popular in spring when people feel like they need a change and want to incorporate a bit of fun into their interiors while retaining a sophisticated and refined look that’s light and airy.
Toned down pastel colours are incredibly versatile, leaving you room to experiment with other features, textures and patterns without fearing your design will become too complicated or overwhelming.
So, where do you start?
Pastel Kitchen Design Ideas
The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home; it is a place of warmth and commune, so why not bring a hint of playfulness to your space with pastel colours?
Colourful kitchens are more on-trend than ever, with cabinets and kitchen appliances coming in every colour you can think of. You could also opt for dining chairs upholstered in your pastel colour of choice for a refreshing new look.
Pair your pastel kitchen design with modern pendant lighting, and you’re on to a winner!
Pair Pastel Colours with Metallics
Give your interiors a bit of edge by combining a pastel colour palette with bold metallics. This can be most effectively done through your lighting fixtures or other hints of metal hardware.
Copper and brass fixtures will contribute to the lightness and warmth achieved with pastels, whereas pewter or matt black lights will give a stunning contrast, drawing attention to every design feature that completes the space.
Take a pastel approach to our colour pairing guide below to find the perfect metallic combinaiton.
Our handcrafted metal lights are available with all of the aforementioned metallic finishes, ensuring you can find the perfect piece for your interiors, whether you’re after a touch of modern elegance or rustic charm.
Embrace Pastel Accessories & Textiles
Of course, the easiest way to incorporate this look into your home is through a selection of pastel accessories and decor, as you can conveniently swap these things with your current pieces to instantly reflect a change in the seasons or your transforming style.
This could include things like cushions or pillows and throws – a blush rose, lavender or calming mint colour scheme for your textiles can do wonders for breathing new life into your interior while still keeping things fairly neutral.
You could also swap out current artwork, picture frames, plant pots, vases and other accessories with pastel hues to provide a subtle highlight or colourful throughline around your house.
Mix & Match Pastel Colours
Combining numerous pastel colours also works particularly well; while people may shy away from pairing their more vibrant counterparts together, green, blue, purple, pink or yellow pastel shades could all complement each other in one space without introducing that feeling of being too much.
This idea is especially good for bedrooms and living rooms as you have lots of textiles and soft furnishings to experiment with, providing a great opportunity to layer blankets, rugs and curtains, creating a calming rainbow.
Muted Monochrome Pastel Interior Ideas
And if multiple colours aren't your style, why not go for a monochrome look where you embrace a single tone throughout the entirety of your design?
Monochrome interiors can be particularly striking, giving that perfectly styled feel. Embracing the look with a preference for pastels can create a stunning timelessness with an infusion of personality.
Pastel Bathroom Ideas
The days of exclusively white bathrooms are long gone – in fact, more and more people are creating bathroom sanctuaries that are bursting with vibrancy, offering the ideal place to relax and pamper yourself in style.
Pastel bathrooms are especially popular here as they add to that sense of calm and tranquillity that is often sought in bathroom design. Use pastels to achieve a spa-like look that exudes a sense of zen. Pastel greens and pinks in your bathroom are a winning combination that never fails!
Brooklyn Outdoor & Bathroom Globe Pendant Light - Pewter by Industville (Image supplied by @upstyleyourhome)
Use Pastels For a Modern Countryside Look
Combine pastel colours with natural materials and rustic design pieces for a charming cottage or countryside-inspired feel.
Soft greens, blues and purples will add a sense of whimsy and brighten up your farmhouse look. Embracing this aesthetic also gives you a chance to draw on some vintage inspiration, using antique pieces contrasted against a pastel colour scheme for a modern twist on the retro countryside style.
Hints of pastel pink, blue, green, purple or yellow combine beautifully with a range of interiors, whether you want to soften a sleek industrial look, bring a moment of tranquillity into a maximalist interior or create a romanitc inteiror design.
And if you need a stunningly crafted metal or glass light to finish off your design, look no further! Industville is home to an extensive range of modern and retro style lights to ensure you can find the right piece for every room in your home.
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