Decorating with Pastels

I adore pastel colours but HATE that sugary-sweet, twee look that they so often seem to create. I've come across a few images of late which have totally perfected pastels in a contemporary setting, so I thought I'd collate them here with a few simple tips on using them in your home without making things look sickly.

The cardinal rule is not to overdo it: opt for one or two dusty, pale pastel colours  on a backdrop of neutral grey, blue, brown or white to keep things looking sophisticated. Or even better, pick several similar shades of the same colour for a really tight, cohesive effect.

If you're stuck, have a play with this handy tool to pick out complementary colours!

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