Working with pastel colours

Working pastel colours into your home decor

Choosing a colour scheme for your home is never an easy decision, do you go with bright and bold or subtle and calm? Well, if this is a decision you are currently struggling with then there is a type of colour scheme that is the perfect combination of both these choices; pastel colours.

Pastels have really grown in popularity recently as we have see them featured more and more in some of this years’ most exciting trends. They are bright but calm, helping you create uniquely styled rooms which can be both fun and relaxing.

If you are thinking of going with a pastel colour scheme then there are some wonderful ways in which you can incorporate this into your home. So, I thought I would share with you some of my favourite ways in which to do this by using furniture, appliances, products and paint to create that trendy pastel vibe.

Painted Pastel walls

There is something beautifully modern about pastel colours, but don’t let this put you off using them if you have a more retro style or older home. They are fantastically versatile and will seamlessly suit any type of interiors.

However, there are a few things to consider: Look at your furniture first. Unless you are planning to change all of your sofas, chairs and beds then the first thing you should do is find out what colour will compliment these. Perhaps pastel pink is your favourite colour, but unless you have white or cream furniture to off-set this then it might not be the best choice.

How to: Use more than one colour on your walls - colour blocking will come handy here. Mints and limey yellows will look good in a living or play room.

Walls painted in Little Greene Paint: Brighton 203, Pale Lime 70, Marigold 209 and Slaked Lime

Wall painted in Little Greene Paint:105 Aquamarine - Pale 282, Aquamarine - Mid 284, Aquamarine 138 & Livid 263

We love the contrasting wood which creates a contemporary take on a retro look when combined with Jade Pinafore and Peppermint Candy (both Dulux).

Outside or inside your home

If you take a stroll around Notting Hill you will note that pastel coloured front doors are really popular there. One of our favourite pink colours is Dorchester Pink by Little Greene. And if you are brave enough, paint your house front in this happy palette!

How to: if you are painting exterior walls, create a contrast with the front door!

Little Greene Paint: Door in Dorchester Pink – Mid 286 Surround: Loft White 22

One of the best things about pastel colours is how bright they are. They provide a soft, fresh feel to a room quickly and easily. However, it’s important to consider how much natural and artificial light your room gets throughout the day. Some colours will look better in a darker room and others better in a brighter room. The size of the room is not very relevant as pastels are rarely dark.

Photo courtesy of DULUX UK

Wallpaper or tiles?

If you don’t want to paint your walls a new pastel colour, then you are left with two options: wallpaper or tiles (and yes, you can use tiles in the bedroom and living room too!). Both are great choices and will work really well with this colour scheme. Pastel tiles are a popular option for bathrooms at the moment!

When it comes to wallpaper or murals, you are truly spoiled for choice. There is a vast array of colours to choose from but also many different patterns too, from intricate designs to simple colour blocks.

Don’t be afraid to go bold with design choices; a geometric pattern looks so much better in pastel. The soft colours will make it easier to work with. The result ? An inspiring eclectic style that can suit all homes!

The Cole & Son Punchinello diamond wallpaper, as seen in the House of Philia

Cole & Son Prism wallpaper pastel

Cole & Son Prism wallpaper

Barneby Gates Arcade wallpaper in Pastel Pink

Barneby Gates Arcade in Pink

Kids Pastel Rainbow Wallpaper Mural, £36/m from Murals Wallpapers

Eclectic Geometric mural from Murals Wallpaper. Sleek lines meet pastel pink, marble and seafoam green to give a stunning wallpaper design. Pair with copper accents for an ultramodern living room space with added glam.