Pastels have for long been associated with babies. Pink for baby girls and powdery blues for baby boys. But off late there has been a moving trend towards using pastels in home décor. Pastels have a cooling effect and a summery vibe. You can use them in your bedroom, living room and the bathroom. But when it comes to pastels, here are a few rules you should follow to avoid making your home look like a full-fledged nursery:
- Mix pastels with dark colors: A secret to getting pastel décor right is mixing pastel shades with darker hues. Pastels work well will dark wooden flooring, wrought iron furniture and dark cabinet doors. Avoid mixing pastels with white as the combination is associated with baby nurseries. Pastels when mixed with dark colors create an edge without appearing childish.
- Start with pastel linen: If you are afraid of going wrong with the pastel trend in your home, experiment with pastel colored fabric like bed linen. Instead of white sheets, choose lavender, baby blue or pale yellow ones. Since pastels are subdued colors, they are often categorized as neutrals and will work in any environment. Linen and fabric can be used to introduce pastels very creatively. Choose pastel shades for your kitchen towels, aprons and gloves. In the bathroom, hang a pastel shower curtain with a matching bath rug.
- Use the safer shades: Pastel pinks can start to look very sweet and girly very soon. It is best to stick with safer pastel shades for your home like pale yellows, soft blues and pale greens. These colors tend to blend in with the neutrals without making your home appear like a wedding cake. You can also add variation by painting your room in different intensities of the same pastel shade.
- Use pastels to rev-up old furniture: If you are afraid of experimenting with pastels paints, it is a good idea to give your old furniture a new lease on life with pastel shades. Painting old furniture is an effective yet inexpensive way to introduce pastels in your home. Choose a couple of cans of spray paint and turn your old dresser into a chic pastel yellow piece. Spray painting is easy and can easy be reversed in case you are not happy with the results.
- Combine pastels with bright colors: once you have grown into the pastel trend enough to cover your entire house with pastels this summer, then a combination of pastels and bright colors will bring out the wow factor. It is an unexpected color combination that is bold, vivacious and crisp. Pastels tend to pop when combined with bright colors thus giving them a wonderful charm. But like with all other trends, there is a thin line between doing it right and going overboard. The idea is to wash the entire room in pastel and add just a bit of contrasting bright to bring out the vivid color scheme. Think of adding accents in bright colors like a throw, pillows or even a bright lampshade. Too many bright colors can disturb the balance.
In this picture, pastel blue is used in combination with neutrals and a bright shade of blue. The bright blue helps the pastel shade pop. Image Source (source)
The easiest way to introduce pastels in your home is with pastel bed linen. Image Source (source)
Pastel shades when used with darker colors create a wonderful masculine effect. Image Source (source)
Mix pastel colors with warm wood tones. Image Source (source)
When painting a room in pastel colors, stick to a safe shade like pale green. Image Source (source)
Dark colors mixed with pastels create a dramatic look. Image Source (source)
It is a good idea to choose different intensities of the same color. Like blue in this picture. Image Source (source)
Give your old furniture a new life by painting it in a pastel shade. Image Source (source)