These striped wingback armchairs prove that a living room doesn't need a sofa in order to provide comfortable seating for family and guests. The chairs' soft green and cream tones are echoed in the window seat's upholstery, and the built-in display shelves feature accessories and found items in the same soothing pastel palette.
A wood frame and rope boarder give this circular mirror a nautical finish perfect for a coastal theme. The turquoise bed side table adds a bright and pleasing accent color against the white and pastel yellow wall. A wicker headboard contributes texture to the sunny space.
A black starburst light fixture is mounted into the coffered ceiling over this sleek wood dining table. Simple and stylish wood chairs line the side of the table with a orange chair adding a pastel accent at the end of the table. A bright royal blue rug with white pattern adds a bold color to liven up the design.
A traditional, wood square dining table sets the stage for this dining room design. Black walls lower the lighting for a dramatic atmosphere contrasting the bright, midcentury modern pendant light fixture. Blue velvet chairs add a pop of pastel color against the boldness of the walls. A pair of black balloon chairs blend into the surroundings.
From classic navy and white throw pillows to the heirloom art hung on the wall, this bedroom is punctuated by nautical accents. Be sure to balance classic color schemes with lighter tones, such as the pale blue wall color and the pastel blues in the bedspread, to avoid creating a look that feels too thematic.
Split walls with pastel yellow on top and white on the bottom set a bright backdrop for this coastal bedroom. A wicker bed frame and headboard are topped with a plush, striped comforter and a navy polka dot pillow for accent. Vibrant turquoise bedside tables add an extra pop of color and match the patterned curtain.
A bright blue and turquoise rug adds a colorful accent to this home office and compliments the pastel blue walls. An industrial desk features metal panels. Black stools match the black desk framing and metal pendant lights. A mix of black drawers, natural wood cabinets and a contemporary armoire supply plenty of storage for an organized finish.
A design full of spunk and energy, the kids’ bedroom diverts from the norm with a blend of fun vibrant hues and bold striped walls to deliver a definite wow factor. “We were looking at preppy colors, and the hot bright pastels were sort of the beginning of this room,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum.
Architectural relics from 19th century France were upcycled to make this canopy bed which features an upholstered headboard and damask duvet cover. Pastel shades of blue, rose, gold and peach are repeated in the walls, rug, bedding and furniture. The polenta armoire dates to the eighteenth-century Italian and is from the Piedmont region, south of Milan.
Blue and white slip covers are fitted over the dining chairs circling the wood table in this pretty and pastel dining room. White hydrangeas centered on the table match the feminine and soft look of the design. Patterned armchairs sit next to a distressed wood cabinet against the wall. Blue lamp bases and curtains transfer the blue accent color through the room.
On either side of the fireplace designers brought in a clear, modern desk and adorned it with a pastel table lamp and vase wit a sprig of baby's breath. For seating, a bold purple, Midcentury Modern stool slides easily underneath. For a finishing touch, they hung a black and white abstract art piece above each desk to complete the look.
To create the perfect vintage, farmhouse look, designers at America's Most Desperate Kitchens added a new, pastel green Smeg refrigerator. Despite its retro design, it has all the modern gadgets of a stainless steel fridge in a cute, kitschy package. To complete the design, custom large pattern tile flooring and an exposed beam gives the space an authentic farmhouse feel.
White bed linens give a crisp and polished look to this iron framed bed with light gray upholstered headboard. A delicate pastel floral pattern on the curtains encircles the bed for a feminine finish. An upholstered bench placed at the foot of the bed matches the ash gray tone of the headboard. A pair of neck roll pillows cushion the armrests.
Give a quick and easy holiday update to your dining chairs by simply draping a colorful throw blanket over the back. Not only is this a great way to add seasonal color during the holidays, but the same look can be achieved with pastels in the spring and earth tones in the fall.
Cottage design is a colorful, comfortable look characterized by pastel, botanical palettes and painted furniture with weathered finishes. Living room furnishings often include iron and wicker chairs covered with stylish floral cushions. You don't have to say goodbye to your favorite pieces of furniture just because they've seen a little wear and tear; the aged surfaces will make them fit in beautifully within a cottage-style space.
Add a fun, handmade twist to ordinary party invitations with a cute and clever ice cream shape. You'll need the following materials for this nifty project: several sheets of card stock in pastel colors, brown or tan textured card stock, scissors, felt-tip pen, pencil, glue stick, invitation envelopes, hole punch, ribbon and a downloadable ice cream cone template.
This living room coffee table features a natural wood look and varying colors tones for a beautiful finish. A red apple centerpiece display pops in the room full of neutrals. A stone fireplace surround brings a textural accent to the pastel blue walls and creates a light backdrop for the wood tones and brown leather armchair.
Roses have and will always stand for one thing: love. More specifically, everlasting love. But this Valentine’s Day, forget the outdated red rose (blah) and opt for a softer color. A bouquet of fresh and lovely pastel pink or apricot garden roses, like this Abraham Darby rose, says “I love you” in the most romantic way.