Pretty in Pastels

Believe it or not, bold colors and strong neutrals are making way for their softer counterparts. Pastels are back in – on clothing and on walls alike.

These pretty shades are soothing and subtle, perfect for gently perking up white or otherwise neutral spaces:

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Pastels are perfectly sweet in children’s rooms, a nice change from “bold” and “mature” kiddie spaces:
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That dated peach, pale blue, or pistachio bathroom of yours? Hang on to it a bit longer, it’s coming back into style!
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Italbrass Zeroper Collection

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Italbrass Contatto Marine Collection

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Scarabeo Kong 70 Supported Basin

[If you don't want to condemn your bathroom to one day be a hallmark of an "old-fashioned" design era, stick with small accessories.]

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Nameeks Rainbow Lilac Soap Dispenser

That goes for the rest of the house, too – try muted lamps and fixtures for a dose of pale hues.

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Wilshire Parusso 20-Light Chandelier

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Dainolite Chandelier with Pink Organza Shade

 Pretty in Pastels

Arteriors Parkland Blue Optic Glass/Acrylic Lamp

Now if you’re really daring, consider a pastel kitchen. Softly tinted cabinets are popping up in every style and shade, and even candy-colored appliances are making a comeback. (Are they our generation’s avocado and harvest gold? Probably, but they’re so pretty!)

It doesn’t have to be retro, but be warned: it can be difficult – though not impossible – to pull off modern pastels.

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What’s your opinion on pastels? Do they make you think of your grandma’s best suit or do they evoke visions of the future?

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