Today we’re partnering with Zillow to bring you Spring Design Trends. Let’s face it. After this brutal winter, we’re longing for pastels and warmer weather. What better way to start than sprucing up your space!?
Pastel tones that were originally popular throughout 1950s decor are making a comeback in 2014. These unsaturated, lighter and sweeter versions of robust hues are perfect for adding personality and creating calming atmospheres in any room of the house.
The versatility of pastels is endless. With clever styling, they blend seamlessly into existing décor without completely redecorating. Spring is just around the corner, encouraging homeowners to get creative with trending pastels throughout their homes. Here are four tips to for incorporating lighter tones.
Pastel tones work harmoniously with kitchen fittings such as stone, wood and stainless steel. Pinks and blues add a delicate country feel while lemons and mint greens provide a refreshing glow. For kitchens with existing black or granite fittings, work in neutral pastel tones such as grey, beige and olive green for a modern look. Get creative with application; year-round pastels can be introduced within backsplashes, kitchen tiles, appliances, painted cupboards and cupboard linings, and seasonal pastels can been included in practical items such as stools, dinnerware and even bouquets.
Colors evoke different sentiments; lighter colors are often thought of as feminine while darker colors tend to feel more masculine. Because of these connotations, homeowners commonly steer clear of pastels in shared bedrooms. However the fusion of pastel tones and darker colors create a comfortable, gender-neutral space with depth and character. Investigate mixing pastels such as pale greys and blues with dark contrasts. Add them into the bedroom with furniture, bedding, painted accent walls and artwork. Tie the tones together with patterned rugs, throw pillows and light fixtures.
Pastels pop when teamed with the crisp white basins traditionally found in bath and powder rooms. Bathrooms with existing color schemes can be complemented by harmonious pastel accessories. Adding new towels, a shower curtain and countertop decorations such as candles and soap dispensers are easy ways to infuse pastels into the bathroom. For balance, choose similar pastel tones in block colors and prints. For a more permanent and modern look, update floors, backsplashes or bath walls with unique mosaic tile featuring pastels contrasted with bold colors.
4. Living Room
Adding pastels to the living room is easy; choose a color and add it to an accent wall or piece of furniture, such as an ottoman or couch. Complete the look by adding smaller accessory pieces like cushions, vases, artwork and light fixtures in similar hues. Pastels are versatile because they complement existing colors in a living room without needing primary spotlight. The key is to choose the pastel that is a less saturated hue than the current feature color in the room. For a fuchsia feature, opt for accessories in pastel pink and cream tones. For a warm and inviting living space, choose earthly pastels such as beige and latte tones. To create a livelier feel, select vivid pattern pastel fabrics and team with neon hues and metallic features.
Pastel tones are easy to incorporate into everyday décor to make the home feel refreshed and ready for spring. Add just a few pieces at a time until the look takes shape. See more pastel inspiration and check out more design tips on Zillow. -Tali Wee