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by Liz Thompson

If the thought of pastels conjures images of outdated ‘90s waiting rooms, wait until you see these modern hues in action. Muted pinks, blues, even peaches provide a fresh hit of (totally not old fashioned) color to any room.

supporting colors

Turn soft pink into a neutral by pairing with bold tones, like red and turquoise. Edgy sophistication.

two-toned harmony

Not sure about going all the way with a soft tone? Try painting the lower half of walls a pastel, like this beach-worthy blue, and the upper half white. It gives that shot of filmy color without going overboard.

one good piece

One pastel piece is perfect for those who love a neutral setting. This pale pink chair says off-the-beaten-path in a super subtle way.

set the stage

White walls and unfinished wood offers an ideal canvas for a brighter pastel. Let the color do the talking with hits of turquoise or apricot.

soft rustic

Who says pastels can’t be warm? Browns balance out cooler shades of blue and peach.

get funky

So you already know you love pastels. Don’t be shy. This spirited pink paint job, coupled with a shock of yellow, screams personality.

something completely different

Adding in an unexpected element keeps a pastel look current. This copper light lends modern appeal to a combo of delicate shades.

barely there

A super muted shade of your favorite color works well on painted furniture. Try a buttercream yellow, robin’s egg blue, or peaches and cream tone on a dresser or side table.

colorful greeting

Welcome guests with an ethereal color. Painting your door in a bubbly pastel gives off major curb appeal, too.

color complements

Does your palette lean more toward the dark and moody? Yes, pastels work here too. Blend in paler shades of the darker tones in your home for interest.

accent mark

Use a brilliant accent piece for a clean look with a pop of color. A sweet little sofa, chair, or foot stool is all you need to infuse a neutral space with flair.

floor appeal

No need to switch out furniture or even paint. Rugs are, possibly, the easiest way to mix up your room color. Go for solid or print in a pastel that complements your décor. Tip: A bit of pink looks good in almost any room.


ool color

No one does pastels better than Smeg. How about a yummy addition to your kitchen? A fridge, toaster, or kettle in green, blue, or yellow. Whichever you choose…too cute.

sweet scene

Only want to go pastel for a day? That’s okay! Adorn your table with beautiful candies and sweet treats on light jewel-toned plates. A feast for the eyes.