PASTELS MAKE A COMEBACK COOLER SHADES ARE HOT ITEM
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 (urbaani.com.au).