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Colour guide: how to decorate with summer pastels

Rebecca Snowden shares her tips for bringing warm pastels into your interiors
   Rebecca Snowden  |  written on: 15-05-2019 09:00am

1. Colour block in small and large pastel accents
Adding a hint of colour to neutral spaces will give a bright, cheerful boost of energy to the room. Introduce small elements like a vase or accessorise with cushions in pastel shades on a dark grey sofa to add a pop of colour that’s chic and effortless.

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For a burst of personality, update the home for summer by giving a door a fresh coat of paint in the season’s trendiest shades. Neo-mint — a new take on the colour mint — is a unique pastel colour that radiates optimism and relaxation, while blush pink lends sophistication and a soothing feel to a room.

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2. DIY a pastel accent wall
A pastel accent wall in the living room is a striking way to create a dynamic, modern look in the home. It also makes a fun DIY project, where some masking tape, careful planning and pastel paint are all that’s required. An accent wall provides a cool backdrop to style furniture against whether it’s in the living room or study.

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For example, the neutral shades of a grey armchair in the living room allow it to stand out against a coral geometric wall while a lilac wall highlights the stylish silhouette of a black table and chair. These two looks create a sharp but sophisticated contrast and provide a burst of colour without being too overpowering.

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3. Pair bright pastels for a modern, bold look
For a bold and unique take on the trend, colour block bright pastels for a chic, summery feel. An upbeat colour pairing, like mint and coral feature walls, adds character to a minimal aesthetic while still keeping the overall look understated and contemporary. It’s also perfect for spotlighting natural elements like potted plants.

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The colour blocked walls bring a room’s big and small elements together by highlighting its chic details: a modern armchair’s sharp lines and indoor plants that add a tropical spin to the pastel theme. A subtle touch with the right accessories – like a neo-mint cushion for a beige armchair – makes the wall colours feel cohesive to the room.

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