6 adult ways to decorate with pastel

  Pastel dreams are made of these. Photo:  Pinterest

Pastel dreams are made of these. Photo: Pinterest

Once exclusively used in nursery rooms, pastel tones have now made their way into the rest of our home. Achieving pastel perfection however can be difficult, however a double-edged sword. On one hand, the soft sherbet shades can bring create a fresh and sophisticated feel to a space; but on the other hand, if overdone, these colours can appear too sweet and childish.

So, what are the rules of decorating with pastelsto getting it right? Start with these tips below to master the trend. and make an impressionable statement with the pastel trend in your home.

1. Beautiful bedding

Take your sleeping space in a soft, stylish direction by incorporating pastels into your bedding. Your bed will form a stand-alone hero of the room, injecting colour and calm.

Photo: Adairs

2. Cosy cushions

If you're not willing to brave an entire pastel look, you can still make a small but effective impact by adding subtle-hued cushions to the mix. Play around with different tones, shapes and sizes of cushions for maximum impact.

Photo: The Block

3. Wonder wall

Interior designer Shaynna Blaze says that trending pastels vary soft pinks in blush hues through to mint greens and blues. "They work brilliantly as wall colours combined with blonde timbers, teal or crisp whites for a modern, sophisticated look."

Photo: The Sunday Chapter

4. Feature furniture

Opposites really do attract when it comes to feature furniture; a velvet bench for example looks particularly elegant when placed against contrasting features such as white concrete floors and tiles. The juxtaposed shades and textures provide a layered and luxurious feel.

Photo: Jesse Bennett

5. Handsome homewares

Romy Dankner, founder of Homeroom Studio, says, "It's time to inject summer into our step and our interiors! Think an eclectic mix of understated brights, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals. Sometimes it takes a few small pieces to set the scene, like a colour-dipped basket that will help to further complimentcomplement the themes and colour combinations used in the balance of the home."

Photo: Olli Ella

6. Delightful dinnerware

Combining practicality with style, plates that pop instantly bring a cheery personality to the table. To add an extra special touch, consider matching pale tones with a hint of metallic.

Photo: Suite One Studio

Shop our perfect pastel finds below:


1. Velvet cushion covers from H&M  |   2. Pom pom basket, mink pink and white from Olli Ella  |  3. Home Republic vintage washed linen napkins sky blue from Adairs  |  4. Pinched fold mug from Leif  |  5. Geo Storage Jar from Leif  |  6. Geo shape sand glass from Adairs  |  7. Pastel abstract painting from Art by Carly Hollis

Originally published on Domain.