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.
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.
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.
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 But this Valentine’s Day, forget the outdated red rose (blah) and opt for a softer color.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.
Open to the kitchen, this newly remodeled family room, designed by Debbie Talianki, features upholstered armchairs in shades of cream with patterned pillows that blend with the nautical beach theme. A custom cocktail table and side table were designed for this home and a commissioned painting in pastel colors was hung next to the French doors. A custom Roman shade with remote control, area rug and white entertainment unit with cabinetry and bookshelves complete the room.
'Flawless' is a Flora-Tea rose, a special type of rose developed by the Jackson & Perkins Company that combines the best characteristics of hybrid teas and floribundas. The plants have pastel pink, fully double blooms with a raspberry fragrance. The flowers grow almost 4 inches across on long stems and open in waves throughout the summer. ‘Flawless’ tolerates the heat and humidity in southern and western gardens.
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.
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.
This pretty living room’s neutral color palette offers a clean backdrop for the layers of traditional, modern and vintage elements in the space. Gray walls create contrast with the moulding around the ceiling and entryways. A Restoration Hardware sofa in a soft shade of periwinkle is a perfect complement to the home’s traditional bones. A pale pink rug completes the room’s palette of light pastels. The feminine color palette works in partnership with the vintage details in the room like the coffee table, featuring curved legs that have a feminine feel.
The girls’ room is an excellent example of how to design a kid’s room with a sense of style. When designing a room for kids there’s a lot to be said for keeping the overall aesthetic aligned with the rest of the home. Instead of decorating with bright pastel colors and more traditional "kid's colors" that don’t reflect their personal style, Julio and Kenza have blended their grownup black and white color palette with fun elements like the heart polka dots on the sheets, typographic art and pops of orange in this kid-friendly space.
While the living room sofa is a striking shade of pink, the wood furnishings temper that pastel color. A close-up view of the coffee table showcases the wood elements that define so much of this home’s decor. The warm neutral is used in different shades throughout the home’s two stories, often layered in combination to give the space an even more warm, inviting feel.
Glass elements piled on for optimum glamor and their lovely reflective properties translate to a trend you can easily introduce into your home. A portion of the wall is mirrored, but even the addition of glass accessories on a table or dresser can achieve this light, elegant effect. The Old Hollywood feel of this room is amplified with the palm-shaped dining room table with glass top and a subtle, almost shadow-effect custom mural in this stunning dining room from Philip Sides Interior Design. More sugary pastels add to the sumptuous mood.
While pastel toned tulips are often associated with spring, red tulips are a perfect fit for the holidays. Once cut and placed in vessels, tulips can last up to ten days. Change the water every day or two and also cut the ends of the stems at an angle to ensure the tulips receive proper hydration. For a touch of texture, mix juniper sprigs in with the tulips.
Beyond the neutral Persian rug and gray sofas, elements have been brought in to add a wash of color to the space. To highlight the home's high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling drapery in aubergine adds an unexpected infusion of color. Pastel shades of pink and blue are brought home with a gallery wall of fashion illustrations by artist Leigh Viner. Pillows from the couple's collection bring in a does of color and pattern.
This adorable kid’s closet was designed with California Closets’ adjustable shelving, so it can grow with the child. When the child is young, everything is placed low and open for easy access. While this “Princess Closet” features feminine pastel clothes and toys, note that the shelving and flooring are neutral, so any age, taste or gender can be accommodated. The closet was featured in the 2009 Somerset Collection Showhome and built by Custom Homes by Derocher.
The black accent wall and pastel wall art provide the perfect backdrop for this vintage gold bar cart display. Designer Notes: "My bar cart was super easy to style. It's vintage and has just the perfect patina, so just about anything looks good on it," says designer Naomi Stein of Design Manifest. "It's the place where I stock my favorite mixers and showcase my vintage glasses and fancy plates. Fresh flowers are a must to add beautiful aroma and color. The finishing touch for me is the painting above. It's like the cherry to my bar-cart cocktail."