How to Decorate Your Home With Pastel Colors

Decorating Your Home With Pastel Colors

Pastels have always had a place in nurseries and bathrooms. But now, designers are finding new uses for the lovely, delicate tones throughout the home.

Pastels – light pinks, baby blues, soft creams – are, indeed, having a moment. In fact, Pantone recently named Rose Quartz and Serenity its Color of the Year 2016.

Want to jump on the pastel trend before it gets played out? With a little help from our colleagues at Zillow, here are three ideas for bringing pastels into your home:

Use Soft Focus

Incorporating pastels into your home’s design scheme doesn’t mean lathering your walls up with baby blue or bright pink paint. Instead, try switching some elements to lighter, softer versions of the colors that are already around your place for a quirky, welcoming feel.

A light blue mantelpiece may be the perfect complement to natural lighting and a thick, comfortable rug in your den. A lightly-colored pastel couch, or even a blanket or throw pillows, may be the perfect addition for a serene, classical-feeling living room.

Add an element here and there and the effect – of whimsical comfort – can be dramatic!

Keep Your Rooms Balanced

Don’t overdo the light, fluffy pastels!

If you make a pastel element the centerpiece of your room’s design – perhaps with a bedspread, some lacey curtains, or a striking set of chairs – balance it out with dark wood accessories or metal to create a feel that is comfortable without becoming cloying.

Brighten Up Your Bathroom

It’s not called the “powder room” for nothing! The bathroom is the perfect place to try out pastel paints – particularly in smaller bathrooms without windows, a light blue or pink color may add welcome brightness.

And don’t be afraid to, as Zillow says, mix “light and bright.” That is, try balancing your lightly colored bathroom walls with sharp nickel accessories or white porcelain fixtures to create a clean, fresh feel.

Have any other ideas for how to add this year’s chicest palette to your home? Looking for a new place to decorate and call your home? Either way, we’d love to hear from you! And don’t forget: Our expert team is always ready to help put you in the Chicagoland home of your dreams. Drop us a line today!


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