I am not generally inclined towards pastel rooms. But by referring to pastels as ice cream colors presented in a modern way, Living Etc caught my attention.
Pastel colors are now on a mission to become the chosen backdrop. The softness of pastels is its biggest advantage over white. Pastels produce a high contrast against dark colors and look great next to light shades.
If you live in a small condo, white is not your only option. Extend a pastel wall color onto the floor for a seamless look. Pastels walls and floor create a subtle backdrop on which you can build on and add characters.
How To Create A Modern Interior With Pastels?
Pastel decors are typically associated with traditional decor. Living Etc tells us in their July 2008 issue how to renew the look. Their recipe relies on adding a dash of neon for modern edge and an unexpected twist. Here are some examples:
Use pastels as a base to boost punchy colors, such as this bright cube and acid cushion.
Paint white furniture of different pastel tones. Then, mix it with a huge bright color piece of furniture.
If you are tired of the clinical white look, paint your bedroom and select bed linens of different pastel tones. Add punch by incorporating a single statement piece.
If you miss the July 2008 issue, you can read the Decorating with Pastels article on Living Etc’s Web site.
+ Photography by Paul Massey, Styling by Marianne Cotterill for July 2008 Living Etc