Coastal Colors: Pastel

Add a relaxed mood to any room with powdery hues of blue, yellow, purple, and pink.

Easy Beach Style

Deborah 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.

Punched Up

Alec Hemer

Punched Up

Try pastel accessories in an otherwise white interior. They'll appear vibrant, casual, and inviting.

Pretty in Pink

Tria 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.

Modern Lines

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Modern Lines

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.

Muted Mix

Jean Allsopp

Muted Mix

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.

Light Substitute

Colleen Duffley

Light Substitute

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.

Varying Hues

Jeff McNamara

Varying Hues

Use soft sherbet tones to pretty up a porch. The look is both romantic and old-fashioned.

Delightful Alternatives

Tria Giovan

Delightful Alternatives

Tone it down: in lieu of stark white, try warmer cream tones on cabinetry, floors, and trim to balance a sea glass color scheme.

Pink pastel beach house exterior

Deborah 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.

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No-Fail Pastel #1

Innuendo by Rodda Paint

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No-Fail Pastel #2

Pale Petal Pink by Olympic

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No-Fail Pastel #3

Free Spirit by Pittsburgh Paints

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No-Fail Pastel #4

Pale Cowslip I by Valspar

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No-Fail Pastel #5

Sea Cap by Behr

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