Trend Watch: Pastel Colours

by on June 24, 2010
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Soft pastel hues are on trend this summer to bring a pretty palette of colour to your home.

Sorbet shades will melt your heart this season with delectable pastel hues returning to the catwalks. With fashion influences filtering into interior design you have the opportunity to bring a soft and serene look into your home, with everything from fabrics and furniture, to wallpaper and lighting. Pastel shades are timeless because they are diverse and can be easily combined with bold patterns, colours or textures to bring an updated look to your home.

Duck egg blue in particular has become one of the most popular pastel tones used in interior design because of the innocent and delicate mood it creates. Bloom wallpaper from Graham and Brown combines pretty pink flowers with duck egg for a look which is inspired by beautiful vintage illustrations, absolutely perfect for a romantic bedroom. Pastel colours are an excellent choice for small bedrooms or bathrooms, or even narrow hallways, because their pale palette creates the illusion of space and will make a room feel airy and light. The tsuga wallcoverings collection from Designers Guild offers a wide choice of pastel colours such as patina blossom and patina aqua. These will create a tranquil atmosphere in any living or dining area. Alternatively, use paint in pastel shades to blend a theme together; you will find a variety of options from soft coral to spring blush at

Bloom wallpaper, £23 per roll, Graham and Brown

Avoid making your interior look too outdated by using a mismatch of pastel hues with floral patterns to bring a fresh and modern twist. Fabric is great for this effect; try the English rose oil tablecloth from The Contemporary Home to liven up your kitchen or dining room. The Everyday blue linen duvet cover from Feather and Black made from Egyptian cotton will give a fresh and clean look to any bedroom. Pastels work well in bedrooms to create a relaxing and calming mood, and this is why they are popular choice for decorating children’s rooms in too. The Rosalina cushion from Laura Ashley also comes in a beautiful duck egg blue and the rose petal effect enhances this natural look and feel. The Victoria pastel cushion covers from Kaleidoscope are a perfect illustration of how mellow yellow can brighten up any white-washed room. Also, for those lovely summer evenings, try pastel coloured curtains let the sun shine into your room to give glowing warmth.

chests of drawer
Champétre Chest 3 drawer, £3950, Flemington Design

You can bring a nostalgic feel reminiscent of the Rococo period by combining powdered lilac and rose hues. The Champétre Chest 3 drawer from Flemington Design brings a ‘pretty in pink’ sense of feminine glamour to your bedroom with its powder pink lustre finish. Pastel colours bring a spacious feel to any room when used on walls and floors, but if you want to use pastels elsewhere try the Silk lampshades from Graham and Green. These will bring a sensual soft pastel glow to any bedroom or living area, and they come in three silky shades to compliment any decor. The white cherry blossom design enhances their natural finish and gives a modern touch to the style of your home. I love the Candy Flower rug from the Rug Company because its feminine florals and the beauty of its gorgeous pastel shades are perfect to bring summery warmth to your living area.

So sit back and relax; pour yourself a refreshing drink or devour a home-made ice cream in one of these popsicle pink Ice cream sundae bowls from Oliver Bonas. Amongst furnishings and accessories of the most calming and serene shades you will be all set for summer.

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About Emma Foale

Emma Foale Emma is a Features Writer and intern at She enjoys writing and getting inspiration from quirky, modern designs, and all things that create visual impact.