Written by Hugh Metcalf

How to decorate your home with pastels

Want to welcome spring into your home with trendy pastel colours? Here’s how to create a successful, sophisticated scheme with this palette.

Sofa.com bluebell sofa in taupe - goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Bluebell sofa in Taupe, Sofa.com 

We predicted that mixed pastels would be one of the big interior trends for 2020, and now that the high street’s spring and summer collections are starting to trickle through, it’s clear that gelato-inspired shades will be a big draw for the coming season.

However, pastels can be tricky to use successfully – get it wrong and your interior scheme can go from South Beach chic to kid’s bedroom in an instant.

Here are some of our best ideas for tackling a pastel room design.

Pick a tonal palette

To create a more mature pastel scheme, combine a spectrum of shades. Bridging the gaps between contrast colours gives a softer, layered finish and adds extra depth to this palette, perfectly demonstrated by this styling from Sofa.com.

Opt for less saturated hues

Daytrue chepstow palace pastel kitchen design - goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Day True 

Super saturated pink and blue tones can sometimes set the wrong tone for a room, giving it a more child-like feel than the sophisticated yet playful ideal you’re after. This beautiful kitchen from Day True uses a combination of blue and pink, but in barely-there hues teamed with luxurious finishes such as marble and brass.

Double down on a colour

habitat phoebe range bedroom furniture in sage pastel - goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Habitat 

We love this striking design idea from Habitat for a pastel scheme. They’ve matched the wall paint to the Sage colour of its Phoebe furniture range creating an interesting design detail in this beautiful bedroom.

Choose a grown-up palette

sainsburys home estuary range in pastel - goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Sainsbury’s Home 

Pastel doesn’t just have to mean pinks and blues – we love this muted sage green and peach combination from Sainsbury’s Home spring summer collection. Green and orange may be a more traditionally autumnal scheme, but in this pastel palette the combination feels fresh and light.

Ground with natural finishes

ted baker pastel luxury tiles in bathroom - goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Luxury Tiles UK

One way to keep a pastel colour palette feeling grown-up is to combine with stylish natural finishes. Whether it’s this wooden vanity alongside these Ted Baker Stepped Up Pastel tiles, or simply introducing rattan, jute and natural stone finishes into your design, it’s sure to ground the design.

Add an Art Deco twist

matalan spring summer 2020 pastel range - goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Matalan 

For a contemporary twist on the scheme, combine pastels with Art Deco styling for a Miami South Beach inspired space. The latest collection from Matalan delivers this decorative style in spades.

Balance playful and sophisticated

george home sunset disco dining scheme - goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: George Home 

This beautiful dining space combines classic luxurious touches with a dinnerware set and glassware that delivers a fun splash of colour. These rainbow wine glasses from George Home may not be for everyone, but in a stylish, sophisticated setting, they add real character to your dining table.


Are you looking to create a pastel interiors palette? Let us know on social! Tweet us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page, or post a picture of your pastel interiors on Instagram using the hashtag #ThisGoodHome for your chance to be featured on our feed.



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