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:

Pastels are perfectly sweet in children’s rooms, a nice change from “bold” and “mature” kiddie spaces:
That dated peach, pale blue, or pistachio bathroom of yours? Hang on to it a bit longer, it’s coming back into style!
Italbrass Zeroper Collection
Italbrass Zeroper Collection
Italbrass Contatto Marine Collection
Italbrass Contatto Marine Collection
Scarabeo Kong 70 Supported Basin
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.]
Nameeks Rainbow Lilac Soap Dispenser
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.

Wilshire Parusso 20-Light Chandelier
Wilshire Parusso 20-Light Chandelier
Dainolite Chandelier with Pink Organza Shade
Dainolite Chandelier with Pink Organza Shade
Arteriors Parkland Blue Optic Glass/Acrylic Lamp
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.

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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