The New Pastels
Back in the mid-nineties I worked with a hip-and-happening make-up company. They very much positioned themselves as anti-girly, anti-precious, anti-pretty (in the conventional sense) and therefore anti-pink. In fact, their unofficial slogan was “does pink make you puke?”. They did pride themselves on offering 12 shades of black eye-liner...
Dear reader, pink does not make me puke. I have nothing against pink, as long as it is the right shade, in the right dose and on the right piece – easier said than done. Designers in both fashion and home have definitely re-embraced pink and its pastels siblings lately, and the results are both intriguing and inspiring. These are not the easter-bunny pastels you know from childhood, but a rather grown-up sophisticated bunch that will significantly up the color game in your house. Here's what you need to know:
Pair pink with metallics for a high-end luxe look. Copper and rose gold work especially well, as they share pink's warmer undertones. The bonus is that this color combo is super-flattering for just about any skin tone...
Introduce some greenery to water down the saccharine nature of pinks and pastels. To avoid a cliché preppy look, stay a way from lime greens and opt instead for cooler emeralds and dark teals.
The edgiest trend pairs pastels with a high-octane acid yellow. A little goes a long way to make this work. Just introduce a few accessories (a vase, a stool, a pillow) with this shade, and your interior will go from meh to wow in a matter of minutes.
People are often even more hesitant about using lavender than pink in an interior. And yet, lavender is one of the most sophisticated pastels, it evokes grace and elegance and is often referred to as “the grown-up pink”. Energize lavender by pairing it with touches of black and yellows or golds.
The new pastel green is on the cooler, slightly dirtier side – a sophisticated shade that plays well with pink, blush, grey and touches of black.
The newest kids on the pastel block are what I call the make-up shades, ranging from beige and blush, to tan and sand. I will be honest: these are tricky to pull off, lest your house looks like a contouring palette. They do look amazing – and very unexpected - when paired with a strong blue.
If all this talk of pastels is making you nervous, start small. I love how the tops and bottoms of the chairs on the left are just dipped in color – an easy DIY. And of course, inventive table scapes and flowers are another way to introduce these fun colors without too much of a commitment.
I will leave you with this final dose of color inspiration. Enjoy and have a wonderful spring/summer!