Interior Inspiration: Pastel Runways
Spring Collections by (clockwise from top left): DVF, J. Crew, Kate Spade, and J.Crew.
All images from The Glitter Guide.
Spring will be here before we know it. This year, pastels are all the rage. We’ve already seen them on the runways in spring fashion collections, but did you know pastels will be big for interiors, too? A complete 180 from the dark greys and heavy wood tones that have dominated the interior scene lately, this spring we’ll see things freshen up with light shades of our favorite colors. The trick? Keeping it contemporary.
Don’t worry if you recently painted a room/your entire home grey. Grey will continue to be a huge force on the interior design front. However, you can lighten up your grey rooms with punches of pastels.
Put pastels in with a white room for a Scandinavian look. The key here is keeping it light and bright, with a hint of the unexpected. These traditional chairs are normally seen in stained wood, but a coat of pale pink or peach paint gives them a much welcomed face-lift. Pastel touches in the artwork and throw blanket make the color scheme feel deliberate.
Try mixing pastel walls with brighter, more vibrant accent hues to keep things feeling youthful and lively. Here light blue walls contrast with saturated yellows and oranges to make this bedroom anything but boring.
Combining pastels with industrial pieces is a surefire way to keep your room from looking too girly. Strong elements (like that great stove and the light fixtures) prevent this otherwise very feminine kitchen from being over-the-top.
The prettiness of pastels is nicely tempered by a strong dose of black. Zebra prints paired with pinks in this feminine dining nook keep the room contemporary. The collage over the table also features lots of black helping to ground the room.
Still not feeling like you’re ready to dive head first in pastel? Try peppering your house with bits and pieces of it here and there. It’s low commitment, both in terms of money and permanency. Dishes, containers, even flowers (the ultimate in temporary) are a great way to test out pastel if you’re feeling like a bit of a commitment-phobe.
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