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PASTELS get a bad rap for being super-girlie, even babyish.
Decorating with these potentially too-sweet shades can be tricky but not if you apply them in fresh ways. CONSIDER LIGHTING: The natural light in a room affects how a pastel colour will appear so look at the item you want to decorate with in different light. SHOP CAUTIOUSLY: The names of paint swatches can tell you a lot. Experts say if something has “baby” in front of it – baby blue, baby pink – be careful. You’re safer if you see “pale blue”. A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY: One pastel is really great. It stands out. But the effect is lost when you bring in additional pastels; you don’t want the room to feel like a basket of Easter eggs. Once you’ve chosen your pastel, it’s safest to bring the colour in gently through an accent piece such as a lampshade, art or cushions. Or paint walls white or grey with just a dash of your favourite pastel mixed in. THINK APPLIANCES: For those not bold enough to make seasonal changes, think about investing in kitchen appliances. Whether you love pretty pastel pink kitchen tools or you prefer an upscale stove/oven, many are available in gorgeous pastels from aqua and lavender to pink and buttery yellow. Smeg ( smeg.com.au) has a range of small appliances in pastel pinks, greens and blues.