FRUITY PASTELS – YOUR HOME NEEDS THEM!

With summer just around the corner, lighter colours suddenly become more appealing. There’s just something about designing (as well as life) when there is more light and optimism in the air! It’s nice to have a trend that reflects that feeling and Pastels, I think, is it.

The word ‘pastel’ used to describe an interior a few years ago would have sent shivers down my spine, conjuring up images of vintage cottages and pretty florals which wasn’t, and still isn’t, my style. What I like about the new (nu?) pastels I’ve been coveting is that they’ve been used with confidence, mixed in with heavier hues and strong tones to create a balanced interior. This is not to say when they are accenting a minimal, lighter interior they don’t work well too, because they do!

Here are some of my favourite examples:

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The juxtaposition of this ageing interior with faded pink wallpaper against the contemporary Studio VM light fitting and mid century modern sofa make this a beautiful setting.

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This Palm Springs inspired Paris interior has a great balance of tones, it uses pastels perfectly with around 20% pastel pink offset against the differing blue hues.

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A naturally light Californian home has the dark interior materials lifted with the addition of the pastel pink Slow chairs by Vitra

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Fritz Handsen have released a 60th anniversary edition of the Series 7 chair in a combination of pastel pink and dark blue which are only available in 2015.

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Although pale, I love the boldness of the paint blocks in Caroline Gomez’s french apartment which, in turn, is reflected on the cabinet.

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Again here subtle circles introduce yellow and pink, while you just can’t fail to notice the mint green Eames Style rocker with perfectly matched pillow.

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Not your regular Ikea kitchen, this pastel kitchen is by Superfront who can supply cabinet doors for the Ikea kitchen range so you can even channel pastels into your kitchen!

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1. Gradient lamp in Grapefruit by Studio VM, available at Hollys House, £311.25

2. Re-imagined Pink Sofa by Studio Mama, available at 19 Greek Street, £1720.00

3. Eames ‘hang it all’ wall rack in Blue, available at John Lewis, £214.00

4. Elevated Vase by Muuto, £85.00

5. Large Adventurers Storytile available at  Holly’s House, £78.00

6. Lane By Post, Little Greene Editions, twin tone lampshade-Light Peach Blossom and Carmine, £65.00

7. Perf by Diesel Living for Moroso, €1023.95

8. Visu Chair by Muuto, £259

9. Box Box Desktop by HAY, available at Selfridges, £45.00