Pastel Appeal – Refresh Your Decor

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Say farewell to the solemnity of winter. Spring is here and summer is on its way. Dust off your bikini and draw back the drapes. Let the light in and celebrate the crisp new season in pretty pastels. It’s time to make a fresh start!

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Pastels figure heavily in this season’s colours. Miuccia Prada warns us it’s all about those fondant shades: pastel pink, powder blue and parma violet. And pop star Pixie Lott’s just piqued her tresses with pastel highlights.

Gelato-sweet and retro-infused, pastels are associated with the floral and the feminine. But your home doesn’t need to look like an ice-cream sundae or a kid’s room. With a bit of balance, you can imbue your home with playful elegance. Here’s how:

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Turn up the saturation

Near-neutral is nice. It’s soft. And sweet. But if you turn up the saturation a touch, your pastel hues take on vibrancy adding a vivacious sophistication to your interiors.

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Trade up your duck-egg blue for teal. Introduce a flash of canary yellow for contrast.

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Exploit evergreen

A flurry of florals gains gravity when set against evergreen. Whether we’re talking real-life foliage or leafy motifs, deep emerald is perfect for showcasing for pastels and blousy blossoms.

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Similarly topiary offers both strength and sculptural accents. These organic textures temper more high-pitched colours.

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Keep it light

Both in your base colours and in your furniture design. Choose sleek, leggy pieces in the Scandinavian-inspired style with light timber hues. Lots of space allows your pastel hues to pop.

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Opt for statement pieces in your bedding, wall art and décor. Be bold. Striking colour combinations like citrus yellow + grey come to life against a backdrop of cream or sand-coloured neutrals. And it prevents the look from overwhelming.

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Contrast with copper

Introduce that luxe element with rich copper hues. Look to light fixtures, mirrors, vases and photo frames for easy-wins. Metallic accents add warmth and an exclusive touch to your space.

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Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.