Add a relaxed mood to any room with powdery hues of blue, yellow, purple, and pink.
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Soothing Sitting Room
Pretty pastels, like light purple and yellow, are ideal for creating a restful mood, and can work especially well in upholstery and pillows.
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Chinoiserie Chic Bedroom
With the energizing elements of red and the diluting influence of white, pink is lively but soft, making it a perfect choice for bedrooms.
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Colorful Oceanfront Living Room
Pastels play together surprisingly well, and it might be because they appear together in nature. The ocean’s light blues, a sunset’s soft pinks, and sunny, subtle yellows seem to belong together.
4 of 17Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Easy Beach Style
Calming the mind and soothing the senses, these delicate colors make dusk the most tranquil time of day. Try the same peaceful palette indoors for rooms that feel restful all day long.
5 of 17Alec Hemer
Try pastel accessories in an otherwise white interior. They'll appear vibrant, casual, and inviting.
6 of 17Tria Giovan
Pretty in Pink
Put a lighthearted twist on tradition with classic stripes and tailored slipcovers in pale shades. The look is both soft and sophisticated.
7 of 17Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Introduce pastels to add warmth to sleek spaces. Here, a pale-blue backsplash softens the clean lines of the cabinetry and countertops, creating a polished and pretty look.
8 of 17Jean Allsopp
Try pale, cotton-candy pink and mint green for a softer (and less preppy) take on the classic combo of hot pink and Kelly green.
9 of 17Colleen Duffley
Use a muted yellow as an alternative to white. The subtle hue reflects sunlight and, like white, appears noticeably different as light moves across its surfaces.
10 of 17Jeff McNamara
Use soft sherbet tones to pretty up a porch. The look is both romantic and old-fashioned.
11 of 17Tria Giovan
Tone it down: in lieu of stark white, try warmer cream tones on cabinetry, floors, and trim to balance a sea glass color scheme.
12 of 17Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
House of a Different Color
Take a cue from the Caribbean. Island exteriors show how you can introduce surprising color combinations that's whimsical but not outlandish. Unexpected pastels used on exteriors appears playful and casual even on larger homes.
Not ready to paint the whole house? Try coating a garden wall or fence with a soothing pastel. Your home will become an instant landmark in the neighborhood.