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AF­TER a long and cold win­ter, the pas­tel colours of spring look very ap­peal­ing.

Cheer­ful pinks, yel­lows, greens and blues brighten up any room.

Pas­tels have been the dar­lings of in­te­rior mag­a­zines for a few sea­sons Jes­sica Bellef, dec­o­ra­tor and stylist for Tem­ple & Web­ster, says.

“We are likely to see them more in spring but this time around, they will be muted and el­e­gant, so­phis­ti­cated and sub­tle, rather than the overly sweet bub­blegum of the past,’’ Bellef says.

Romy Dankner, in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor and cre­ator of Home­room Stu­dio, says pas­tels are ver­sa­tile.

“Sher­bety shades in­clud­ing laven­ders, dove pink and av­o­cado green have been in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar this year – and the trend will stretch into spring,’’ she says.

“For an ice-cream dream, in­tro­duce blush pink tones sub­tly with scat­ter cush­ions, a light throw or even tea tow­els to a broader colour scheme. These ac­ces­sories will flush your ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture with fem­i­nine fri­vol­ity with­out over­pow­er­ing the space.

“Welcome to the ta­ble a range of sculp­tured fluted vases, bon­bon­niere and can­dle­hold­ers in a minty colour pal­ette of pis­ta­chio green mixed with pink.”

Aura Home’s cre­ative di­rec­tor Tra­cie El­lis’ favourite is inspired by cherry blos­soms – “mai­son in pas­tel pink is the per­fect shade for bed­rooms,” El­lis says.

Shaynna Blaze, in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor and Taub­mans brand am­bas­sador, loves pas­tels.

“The soft­ness of the hues al­lows you to mix and match op­pos­ing colours on the one wall with­out cre­at­ing an eye­sore. They also work re­ally well with white, blonde or light coloured tim­ber fur­ni­ture,” Blaze says.

Paint­ing is the eas­i­est way for a big im­pact, she says. For an edgier look, she sug­gests paint­ing walls in two pas­tel shades next to each other, or to paint two thirds of a wall in one colour and the re­main­ing third in the sec­ond colour.

This sea­son's pas­tels are muted and el­e­gant rather than the overly sweet bub­blegum of the past, Tem­ple & Web­ster stylist Jes­sica Bellef says.

Dec­o­ra­tor Shaynna Blaze says the soft­ness of pas­tels (above left) makes it pos­si­ble to mix op­pos­ing colours on one wall with­out cre­at­ing an eye­sore. A pas­tel bed­room styled by Tra­cie El­lis (top right) fea­tures mai­son bed linen in pas­tel pink. Add a dash of pas­tel with ac­ces­sories such as the Arne Clausen Col­lec­tion of bowls (ur­

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