10 Colorful Ways to Use Pastels in your Modern Interiors


There’s something so comforting about colors that they make you feel at home and welcome to a friend’s house, isn’t there? Throughout the years of interior design trends, colors in the retro and vintage era in the ’50s and ’60s to bold and bright in the ’70s and ’80s, we’ve always loved how color creates ambience. with which we all identify in our homes. Pastel colors have come a long way from only appearing in baby rooms! Today, they bring a laid-back feel to your living spaces, add retro appeal to your kitchen appliances, and are exceptionally modern in neutral paint colors throughout your home. Here are 10 colorful ways to reacquaint yourself with pastels in your modern interiors.

1. Rediscover the appeal of pastel colors in your home

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There was a time when baby pink for a girl and baby blue for a boy were the only ways pastel colors were trendy in homes. Once associated only with femininity and children, pastel colors emerged in the 1950s and 1960s alongside bold black and eye-catching contrasting colors to make a powerful design statement. In today’s interiors, pastels are back in a big way! Whether you are thinking of giving your interiors a makeover or just adding some pastel touches to your textiles, there is a wonderful appearance of pastels in interior design.

2. Pastel kitchen appliances are making a comeback

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Kitchen appliances have come a long way from white, beige and black color options. Today, there are almost every color of the rainbow available for your refrigerator, range, and oven, and even more varieties for your small countertop appliances like blenders and stand mixers. Whether you like beautiful pastel pink cookware to help breast cancer awareness like many home brands do, or you prefer a professional quality gas burner stove/oven, all They are available in your choice of beautiful pastels, from aqua and lavender to pink. and butter yellow. Pastel colors are a wonderful way to transform your dull colored kitchen into an inspiring one.

3. Relaxing interiors are perfect for pastel tones

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There is something so calming about the lighter shades of the color palette for your spaces that you want to escape from the world. Bathrooms, bedrooms, and living rooms are ideal for using soft colored textiles, bedding, and decorative décor throughout your space. If you still want to keep a more masculine touch in your private rooms, consider mixing darker colored hard surfaces like hardwood floors and darker colored tile and countertops to create an equal balance between the two color spectrums.

4. Create a farmhouse look with pastel colors

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Whether you love the laid-back appeal of Shabby Chic interiors or the weathered rustic look of classic farmhouse style, pastel colors can be a welcome addition. Start with the furniture you like in patterns, solids, or mix and match. Use pastel shades of whites, yellows, pinks, greens, and blues to bring out natural influences. Weathered and aged wood can create a beautiful backdrop, along with vintage finds to bring out the country look with the addition of pastel inspirations.

5. Reupholster familiar furniture styles to set pastel tones

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Many homeowners avoid pastel colors as they are unsure if their home will feel too bland and unsophisticated. Rather than start worrying about colors, choose furniture that you are familiar with. Your favorite sofa and matching side tables, along with touches of florals, stripes, or even pastel polka dot fabrics, will give your new upgraded pastel interiors a sense of familiarity in your upholstered furniture finds.

6. Choosing the right wood finishes to complement your pastel interiors

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The easy versatility of pastel colors is the ability to blend with natural materials like wood paneling, hardwood flooring, rattan, seagrass and more in your interiors. Look for lighter colored woods like white oak, bamboo, lighter maple and similar varieties to complement your pastel décor and accents. If you want a contrast in your interiors, go for rich cherry wood that looks beautiful with pink and peach colors or try mahogany or dark brown stains with pastel yellow, blue or green for a beautiful contrast.

7. Choose your favorite DIY project to enhance the pastel colors

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Whether you like to peruse Pinterest for the latest DIY home project or have a few ideas of your own, there are an endless number of projects inspired by pastel painting. From painting an ombre paint color, which means a light to dark gradient color method, to painting a collection of farmhouse chairs in your favorite pastel shades, your own custom touches will be beautiful. Take a look through your house and determine if it could use a fresh coat of pastel paint.

8. Get rid of the idea that pastel colors are for one type of style.

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Pastel colors aren’t just for the young or those with feminine style preferences. The ability to combine navy blue, turquoise and soft air blue in a bedroom bedding combo would make any masculine bedroom come alive. Remember that pastel colors help create depth when combined with bolder patterns and colors. Use them as accents with your other dominant colors or make pastels your focal point.

9. Reinvent a new pastel color palette with muted neutrals:

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When we think of pastel colors, we only think of the obvious 7-8 colors that represent the rainbow but in pastel shades. Why not discover the whole world of muted tones or, in other words, the “grey” shades of all colors? Find a color tint chart that represents the different color saturations. You’ll find a pastel version of every color under the rainbow… and then some! So a deep purple can have a pastel lilac version or a muted gray with purple undertones creating a pastel like the one seen below.

10. Inspire your design creativity with pastel colors

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Everyone gets a spark of creativity from different sources. Visit your local candy store, the produce aisle at your favorite market, or walk through a botanical garden. You will be surprised how natural pastel colors surround us on a daily basis. Decide which room you want to tackle with new pastel colors, and then let your creativity run wild!

Freshhome readers, which rooms in your home have you tried adding pastel colors to?


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