Decorating with Pastels

No longer reserved for nurseries and children's bedrooms, pastel colors are finally having their own heyday. So how do you keep those rooms from turning frothy and childish and more Laduree chic? Here's how to successfully decorate with pastels.

Pillows, artwork, and accessories such as frames or vases are an easy way to test out a particular shade instead of having to commit to it in an entire room. Don't overdo it either -- sometimes a pop of color can be more powerful in an otherwise neutral space. Here's a few tips on how to keep your room feeling less like an Easter egg and more like a sophisticated retreat.

That's not to say that pastels can't be the star of the show. Looking for a dramatic statement? Think pale pink with bold black. A more modern interpretation? Citrus yellow with pale gray. Crave a more preppy nautical look? Try robin's-egg blue with bold red.

Lavender pillows and pastel abstract art offer pops of color in an otherwise mellow space. It's the perfect way to introduce color without going overboard. Ready for a change after a few months? Swap out the accessories for an easy fix.

omfy and serene, this pale blue living room bursts with color thanks to the hot pink accents. But, it is perfectly balanced thanks to the sand-colored neutrals.


A pale pink bedroom stays chic and sophisticated with a variety of neutral textures. It reads as feminine without going frothy, and the room stays entirely grown up.

In this banquette, pastels are used as a subtle accent in a calm white-and-cream space. Pale robin's-egg blue warms up thanks to the rich wood tones of the flooring and table. The cottage feel extends to the shiplap walls and more traditional print on the pillows. This is a perfect example of how to bring in accents if you don't want to commit to an entire space.

Art is a great source for color palette inspiration. The shades of blue, green, and yellow in the painting here are echoed throughout the room in the walls, accessories, and upholstery.

Think sophisticated retreat when designing a space with pastels. Pale pink fabrics and softly hued walls contrast nicely with the black bed frame and modern art in this room. It remains comfortable and approachable without being childish.