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Decorating with Pastel Colors

LIghten your home with Pastels

The balmy days of summer feel like the perfect time to lighten your home with pastels. And remember, these beautiful shades are not just for the warm season; soft pastels are a look that can last all year long.

Consider these pastel hues for a home update and refreshing change: lavender, lilac, tangerine sherbet, apple green, lemon ice, sky blue, strawberry cream, soft yellow, pale green.

A living room with sky blue accents Pastel colored accents lighten and soften a room.

Pastels are both soothing and energizing

Pastels - also called spring colors or sherbet colors - are soothing and energizing at the same time. Their fresh and natural feel brings light and softness into a room.

In addition to using pastel home elements in solid colors, think patterns, too. Perfect pastel patterns include florals, stripes, dots, birds, botanicals, latticework, or abstract designs.

A girl's room with pastel patterns Consider pastel patterns to create a soothing yet energizing atmosphere.

Ideas for adding pastel to your decor

Pastels work great for these home design elements:

  • Paint and wall stencils
  • Rugs and carpeting
  • Slipcovers and upholstery
  • Bedding and towels
  • Table linens
  • Wall coverings
  • Throw pillows

Adding light-filtering sheer draperies and shades will enhance the muted and ethereal mood of a pastel interior.

Decorate with delicate, delightful pastels this season to refresh your home throughout the year.

A bedroom with pastel accents in a rug and a throw blanket. Pastels work great for home accessories such as rugs and throw blankets.
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