Throughout the years there have been many interior design trends, from the retro and vintage era in the 50’s and 60’s, to bold and bright in the 70’s and 80’s. Recently the rise in pastel colours dominated the interior design scene – a modern alternative to neutral paint colours – providing homes with delicate, soft ice-cream tones injecting colour into spaces without overpowering them, leaving rooms feeling calm, light and serene. A quick scroll through Pinterest or Instagram will confirm that this trend has, without a doubt, made its mark in interior design, so there’s no surprise that soft pastel shades have moved from nursery territory to grown-up spaces too.
There is something quite relaxing about the pastel colours, whether it be in bathrooms, bedrooms and sitting rooms. The use of pastel-coloured textiles and furniture can make a room more homely and inviting instantaneously. Although if you still want to keep a more masculine edge to your decor, if a house of pink isn’t your husband’s thing, consider mixing darker coloured hard surfaces, like hardwood floors, darker colour tiles or counter-tops, to create an equal balance amongst the two colour spectrum’s.
Seeing as Spring is just around the corner, what better way to start the new year by giving your home a refresh and splash of pastel loving?
This pastel front door is right up my street. It creates a subtle statement that cleverly captures your attention, without stealing the show away from that statement character-filled checkered tile floor which is the real focal point for this hallway. (If I were to give any advice to anyone renovating a house with a floor like this, I beg you on my hands and knees, to never ever cover it because it is so effortlessly beautiful.)
Kitchen & Dining Room
These modern kitchen cabinets match perfectly with the grey hues and undertones of pastel used in this family room. The dining room complements the kitchen well, with hints of the traditional style, as well as bringing an eclectic feel too, particularly through the pastel pink and silver tiles – a real eye-catcher. The neutral/pastel colour scheme makes the rooms feel airy, bright and large – perfect for a growing family home.
The grey and pastel theme continues through the rest of the house into the living area, with a modern L-shaped shaped sofa being accessorised with accent cushions and a fur throw, making the room feel homely and welcoming for all the family, and friends. The use of the simplistic coffee tables gives the room a modern eclectic feel, despite sitting in a house full of character.
The bedroom’s velvet headboard is, without a doubt, the centrepiece of this room, complemented by white linen which makes the colour cushion pop. The contrast of the wooden bedside table and bronze lamp work perfectly with the colours in the cushion on the bed. The vanity table’s statement bronze mirror pairs perfectly with the bedside table lamp.
Despite the stunning velvet headboard, for me, the mirror is another stand-out item in this room, really making an impact on the light and space. Mirror’s can make a room feel so much bigger, giving off an air of luxury too.
The grey and pastel pink theme is beautifully used in this room. The colours perfectly complement each other, without being too overwhelming. The small accents used make the room look adorable, from the star fairy lights in pink and grey, to the princess canopy, to the bunny desk situated on the wall – my favourite.
This family bathroom, pictured, carries the pastel theme in a subtle nature perfectly. The gold accessories are continued from the bedroom to the bathroom through the use taps on both the sink and bathtub. The contrast of the grey and pastel pink bathtub doesn’t take away from the stunning tiled floor again, capturing the houses character once again.
Pastel, the new ‘neutral’ colour