Fun and surprising patterns and colors combine to create this stunning and formal, eclectic dining room. Turquoios wainscoting pops against pale pink and green, floral wallpaper. A tall bronze statue stands in the corner and a blue, crystal chandelier hangs above a round dining table for a funky yet elegant look.
Pattern comes into play in textiles and furnishings in this transitional guest bedroom, adding interest in an otherwise neutral space. Pale floors, off-white walls and white trim mix with a neutral upholstered bed decorated with white bedding. Soft blue hues in the pillows bring color to the room.
Two-toned upper cabinets present a custom, angled look in this modern kitchen by David Stimmel. Linear drawer pulls allow easy access to kitchen utensils when cooking on the stovetop. To add some color to the design, a pale yellow and light blue tile backsplash completes the design.
Less dense than some alliums, ‘Graceful’ (Allium amplectens) has heads studded with pale pink, star-shaped florets. Look closely to spot the small, violet-blue stamens. Plant this allium at the front of beds or borders; the magenta stems grow only 10” high.
Soft pastel tiles surround a flickering hearth in the living room of this charming cottage situated at the heart of Jamestown, a small island off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island. Ice blue walls, pale wood flooring and whitewashed millwork are breezy, cool and beachy, reflecting the homeowner's love of the ocean.
Photographer Robert Petersen’s photo of an Icelandic Horse was the perfect jumping off point for inspiration. Crisp whites, muted blues and pale wood tones give the room a natural, dreamy vibe. With wood itself a high-priced commodity in Iceland, Brian opted for a stunning faux-bois wallpaper to complete the look.
An undulating tile pattern in a range of soft blues and grays creates a strong focal point in this long, narrow bathroom. White cabinetry, white walls and a pale, modern countertop give the space a clean, fresh vibe that takes advantage of the room's natural light. A long, framed mirror is functional and stylish.
A built-in, modern "dollhouse" steals the show in this soft, dreamy girls bedroom with contemporary lines. Pale gray walls form the backdrop for a palette of neutrals accented by subtle hits of blue. A clean-lined desk is paired with a tufted, upholstered chair that adds softness to the overall design.
Though pastels have been a staple in springtime clothing and accessories for generations, there are plentiful ways to perk them up in fresh and exciting ways. Consider layering spring greens and pale pinks with small touches of navy blue and then bringing in super-saturated tones such as acid green, hot pink and tangerine. Working as a neutral, navy blue keeps the overall look from becoming too bright and busy.
Pale walls team with a stately limestone fireplace to give this renovated great room a clean and airy, yet comfortable and homey feel. Wood beams on the ceiling and tall mullioned windows bring warmth to the space and tie in with the Tudor architectural elements on the exterior. A blue wingback chair creates a statement in the mostly neutral space.
Soft as the dawn, Millennial Pink is a soothing (and skin-flattering) choice for bedroom walls and linens. To keep the look from getting too sweet, be sure to add hints of natural texture and contrasting neutrals as the team at Nathan + Jack did in this contemporary bedroom. Shades of gray, white, black, and even navy blue all live comfortably with pale pink.
A black dining table and dark-stained chairs provide stark contrast to the room's tropical blue and pale yellow color palette. The Grecian key pattern detail in the white credenza mimics the pattern in the dining chair seats, and a starburst mirror provides a touch of glamour to the sleek space. A large picture window allows plenty of natural light and supplies incredible city views.
Relaxed, comfortable upholstery gives this waterside living room a homey, beachy vibe. Throughout the house, white paneling and neutral walls provide a restful backdrop for the pale, beach-hued furnishings and accessories. Soft blue chairs create a cozy conversation nook in the bay window and connect to the similarly hued upholstered chairs in the adjoining breakfast nook. Matchstick shades filter the light and offer privacy without blocking the stunning views.
The owners of this 1918 Craftsman home wanted a front yard and porch that would be instantly welcoming. The original exterior's green stucco was switched out to navy blue siding that paired handsomely with the home's cream-colored trim. For a cohesive look from yard to porch, designers used planters painted the same pale gray as the chairs and porch floor. Chairs, faux tile floor and flower pot paint color: Sherwin Williams Silver Plate
A designer trick for working with pastels is to limit use to just two or three colors. Lavender, lilac, baby pink, baby blue, yellow and lime green evoke an immediate sense of spring, but the combination can also read juvenile, overly sweet or feminine. If you stick with layered shades of celery green and pale pink, the overall effect is understated, fun and sophisticated.
As a shop purveyor, Camille has an eye for detail. No space is complete without floral arrangements which she designs herself in the shop. A mix of pink and blue florals sits atop a silver vintage tray. The tray features a vignette of sweet pieces that can be found in Planning Pretty shop, from appetizer plates to a pale pink Laurel Glass candle.
In a pale, neutral room the slightest variation of color or value can add a level of designer-style sophistication. This bright living area by Denise Davies is an object lesson in the technique: The greenish tinge of the off-white walls contrasts ever so slightly with the taupe-ish tone of the sleek sectional, for a look that’s subtle and elegant. A few rich blue accents nod to the coastal setting, without heading into kitschy territory.
Some clematis flowers unfurl to reveal more than one color on each flower petal. Clair de Lune (Clematis ‘EVIrin’) opens white blooms with pale, lilac-tinted shadings along wavy petal edges. Dark purple flower anthers give each blossom a contrasting center. This pretty vine, previously known as ‘Blue Moon,’ is a gold winner of the Chelsea Flower Show in England for its striking 7-inch-wide flowers. Blooms show the best color when grown in part shade. Vines grow 8 to 10 feet tall by 3 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4 to 9.