Dec­o­rat­ing with pas­tels

In­sight Take in­spi­ra­tion from Ilona Pol­cyn’s home and sur­round your­self with up­lift­ing tones

25 Beautiful Homes - - DUTCH TERRACE -

Hues such as bub­blegum pink, lemon yel­low and mauve are of­ten thought of as feminine, but they can be used al­most any­where in a fam­ily home. Serene and spring-like, pas­tels en­liven a neu­tral pal­ette and give a fresh feel to darker, mood­ier schemes.

Ver­sa­tile style

Keep pas­tels on-trend by team­ing with metal­lic ac­cents. Geo­met­ric wall­pa­pers with touches of gold or cop­per add warmth and of­fer a mod­ern way to make a state­ment with these hues, while chrome fit­tings com­ple­ment pale blues and blush pinks. Move away from vin­tage or coun­try con­no­ta­tions by in­tro­duc­ing an in­dus­trial edge with ma­te­ri­als such as con­crete and mar­ble to give a pas­tel in­te­rior an ur­ban feel.

These soft colours are of­ten cho­sen for their calm­ing qual­i­ties, and there­fore work well in liv­ing ar­eas and bed­rooms. Like Ilona has done, keep walls and floors neu­tral and in­tro­duce fun prints, cosy tex­tiles and whim­si­cal art­work. Try in­cor­po­rat­ing dif­fer­ent pas­tel shades to cre­ate a fea­ture wall, which will help to zone ar­eas within a multi-pur­pose space. A pat­terned rug can achieve the same ef­fect. These del­i­cate tones are also ideal for bring­ing a sense of play­ful­ness to a child’s room and are eas­ily changed as they grow.

Per­fect partners

When it comes to fur­nish­ings, opt for pieces with clean, con­tem­po­rary lines. Try adorn­ing a Mid-cen­tury cabi­net with pas­tel-pop vases and plant pots in vary­ing shapes and sizes; or dis­play Scandi-style kitchena­lia, as Ilona has done in her open-plan space. For an eclec­tic look, use chalk paints to brighten up mis­matched din­ing fur­ni­ture, and use touches of black for con­trast and to stop a scheme look­ing too child­like. Splashes of neon or tex­tiles with fluoro ac­cents will do just as well, and a vi­brant light fit­ting will break up the drama of dark walls.

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