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Soft, Sophisticated Pastels


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Neutrals + Pastels || Create a calm retreat by layering soft color combos

More than ever, in our 24/7, always-connected, activity-filled lives, it’s important to have a home we can retreat to, relax, and recharge. Along with this need to unplug and de-stress, we crave a space that looks and feels serene. This is one reason for the enduring popularity of neutral-hued interiors. Though easy-to-use colors like beige, tan, cream, white, and grey promote calm, if they’re used everywhere, they can seem unimaginative or lifeless. This is when adding pastels to your palette can help. Best of all, you can mix in pastels, and still keep the look comfortable and relaxing – depending on their intensity, pastels act as neutrals anyway. Soft colors like powder blue, pale yellow, mint green, dusty rose, blush pink, lavender, and peach – when used in equal or slightly deeper saturations than your pure neutrals – can bring vitality and sophistication to your overall design scheme. If most of your room elements are neutral, you may also want to bring in a few darker furniture pieces, black picture frames, or dark accessories to give your space a bit more edge. Through paint colors, upholstery fabrics, rugs, draperies, pillows, and throws, you can layer and mix neutrals and pastels to create the ultimate, can’t-wait-to-get-back-there sanctuary.

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Tread Lightly || In addition to being comfortable to walk on, a plush rug in pastel hues will add pleasant pattern intrigue to your décor, greatly enhancing your neutral design scheme. Even better if your rug is vintage faded, as it will bring a lived-in look and feel to the space, and can form the foundation for any other colors you decide to use for upholstery, curtains, and accessories.

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Sit Back & Relax || Few furniture pieces promote instant relaxation better than a cozy chair or sofa. Naturally, you don’t want its color to be too jarring, especially if the rest of the room feels calm and inviting. Pastel-hued upholstery with a subtle pattern or contrasting patterned toss pillow will provide just the amount of visual interest, while being eminently comfortable for reading, watching TV or relaxing with friends and family.

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Play With Accessories || If you’re not ready to fully commit to pastels, consider mixing them in small ways, such as with toss pillows, textiles, vases, and other decorative objects. Lamps with pastel shades or bases can also refresh your room instantly. Bar or counter stools, small drinks tables, and accent chests often come in light colors, provide storage options, and help liven up a neutral space. Pastels look especially chic with black and dark grey, so you may want to try this mix if you desire more contrast.

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