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The Softer Side of Colorful


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The Power of Pastels || Lighten your mood with a space that’s awash in soft hues

When it comes to designing interiors, there are times when you want to use color but in a gentler way. This is when pastels can create a beautiful soft look that is sophisticated without being dramatic or overpowering. Through upholstery, toss pillows, throws, window treatments, area rugs, lamps, artwork, or painted walls, you can create a relaxing space that you love to escape to, and is inspiring. Often used in baby nurseries or kids’ rooms, pastel hues like pink, light blue, lilac, mint, melon orange, and butter yellow can also work well in bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms, and even kitchens. To keep your space from looking washed out, mix pastels with slightly darker dusty hues, or make your furniture, floors or area rugs darker for contrast. Traditionally, pastels are perfect for French country or English cottage design schemes, but can also bring welcome color to modern neutral-hued rooms, and eclectic boho-chic spaces.

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Furniture || Vintage antiques and distressed furniture pieces blend especially well with pastels, and add welcome patina and texture to your space. A really simple option is to use white painted furniture because it coordinates easily with any other room colors, including pastels. Add country charm to a kitchen or dining space with a white, blue or green distressed table, cabinet or buffet. You can include similar pastel accents in your bedroom with a painted bed, nightstand, dresser or chest.

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Fabrics || Whether you want to use pastels as a focal point or for smaller details, upholstery and fabric accents make it easy. Outfit a cozy den or your bedroom corner with a colorful accent chair or two, with pastel toss pillows, and a luxurious throw draped over the side. Likewise, pastel sheets and comforters will ensure a calm, relaxing environment whenever you need to escape and unwind. Or, make your living room more inviting with a neutral-hued sofa featuring pastel patterned toss pillows.

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Area Rugs || Another way to define your space with pastels is through an area rug. Whether you prefer traditional or modern styles, an area rug will add beautiful pattern intrigue, and subtle color to liven up your room. Many of today’s intricate designs have a pastel, vintage faded look to soften the colors, and sometimes these patterns include a mix of saturated colors with pastels, which gives you the best of both worlds.

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