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Killing Me Softly; the rise of the strong pastel

Consider the pastel room; there are a lot of stereotypes associated with this colour scheme.  I know I used to think of these colours as specific to children’s rooms or particularly girly spaces.  

However, there is something grown up and exciting about a pastel room.  It is vibrant colour with a softer impact.  It’s comfortable, livable and reflective.  It’s not threatening, confronting or bold.

At the same time there is something decadent about a pastel room, reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s Versailles.  A pastel colour palette is both grown up and innocent, depending on how it is applied.

As a wall application, pastel colours breathe new life into a space – allowing neutral furniture to stand out.  It is also soft enough to suit bold patterns and textures. – a striking light, textured throw, cushion or rug is the perfect layer in this scheme.

Don’t be limited in thinking that a pastel colour palette is a “girly” choice – below are two examples of a bold, contemporary use of the scheme.

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