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Bold And Pastel: Designing With Contrast

Interior designing is all about achieving that perfect visual balance. This means that when it comes to colour combinations, you always have to create a harmony between the bold and subtle hues. Bright and pastel colours may exist on totally different ends of the spectrum, but they can definitely be used in harmony. Below, we’ll take a look at 5 ways you can merge these ideas:

 

1. Just an accent wall

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The most conventional way to use bold and pastel hues in your home interiors is by following a simple mainstream idea: use the brighter, more vivid colours in an accent wall, while the pastels can make up the rest of the ambiance. The living room in this image showcases the perfect example of this concept.

 

2. Beware the visual weight

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The visual weight of darker colours is usually more than that of lighter hues. This is one thumb rule that you must always remember when decorating with pastels and bold colours. It applies something like this: the bolder hue with more visual weight is used in moderation while the lighter shades can be used more freely.

 

3. Use artwork to your advantage

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If you’re a bit on the artistic side, then you’ll definitely appreciate the eclectic beauty of using bold and pastel hues with the help of artwork and paintings. You can emulate oversized canvases within the room. Just ensure that the colours used are bold and the backdrop of your space is pastel, and vice versa.

 

4. Bright vs. dull

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The contrast of bright and dull colours can make all the difference between how you interpret bold and pastel hues in your interior designs. It’s important to understand that the ratio of bright colours is always smaller compared to the dull colours. Take the kitchen in this image as an example – the bright yellow of the backsplash is perfectly presented by the use of subdued paris blues.

 

5. Accenting works best

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Sometimes, the best way to introduce both bold and pastel colours is by using them as accents. If you’re wondering what the backdrop might be, you can simply go for something neutral such as grey or beige. After that, it’s only a matter of harmonizing the bold and pastels colours through accent objects such as pillows, coverlets, accessories, and trinkets to achieve the effect you want.

 

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