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Pastel Clashes: 3 Ways To Add This Trend To Your Home

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Ed Hawes
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Just like Farmhouse Chic, Pastel Clashes promotes a calm and euphoric atmosphere. In a fast-paced world, there’s a growing desire to create havens of tranquility within our homes. And that’s where pastels come in.  

Pastels – and its gentle hues - are making a comeback like never before. With “Sweet Embrace”, a soft pink pastel colour, named Dulux’s colour of the year 2024, underscores the growing popularity of pastels in home decor. Sweet Embrace is a delicate pink pastel that exudes warmth and tenderness, inviting you to unwind and embrace moments of quiet reflection. Whether used as a wall colour, accent hue, or in furnishings and decor, Sweet Embrace infuses spaces with a sense of tranquility and comfort, making it the perfect choice for creating serene interiors.

Mixing pastel colours with pops of brighter tones can inject energy and vibrancy into your space while maintaining a soft and soothing ambiance. By incorporating a combination of muted pastels such as pale pink, baby blue, and soft mint with bold accents like vibrant coral, sunny yellow, or electric teal, you can create a visually striking yet balanced look. For example, pair a pastel blue sofa with throw pillows in bright citrus hues or adorn a pastel pink accent wall with artwork featuring pops of bold, contrasting colours. This juxtaposition adds depth and interest to your decor, creating a dynamic and playful atmosphere that uplifts the mood of the room.

Whether through accessories, artwork, or statement furniture pieces, mixing pastels with brighter tones allow you to infuse your space with personality and style while maintaining harmony and tranquility.

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How do we incorporate this calm elegant trend into our homes?

  1. Create visual interest and depth through texture layering. Mix and match different textures, such as plush fabrics like velvet or knits, natural fibers like linen or jute, and smooth finishes like ceramic or glass. For example, pair a soft pastel pink velvet sofa with a chunky knit throw and a woven jute rug to add dimension to your living room. Experimenting with textures not only adds tactile appeal but also enhances the overall aesthetic of your space. 

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  2. Mix pastel hues with neutrals or other soft colours to achieve a balanced look. Consider combining pastel shades like pale blue, mint green, or lavender with neutral tones such as beige, taupe, or grey. Introduce pops of contrasting colours like soft coral or buttery yellow for added visual interest. For instance, pair a pastel blue accent wall with a neutral-coloured sofa and throw pillows in shades of blush pink and cream to create a serene yet inviting atmosphere. 

  3. Get the lighting right. The right lighting can significantly impact the mood and ambiance of your pastel-themed space. Opt for soft, diffused lighting options like pendant lights with fabric shades, floor lamps with linen or paper shades, or table lamps with frosted glass or ceramic bases. Avoid harsh overhead lighting and instead focus on creating a warm and inviting atmosphere with layered lighting sources. Consider adding dimmer switches to control the intensity of the light and create a cozy ambiance, especially during the evening hours.
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