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.
And here are a few more of my favourites: