The retro decades introduced us to a lot of fresh ideas, but nothing can beat the beauty of bright, vivacious colour schemes. Before that, only the rococo style had experimented with pastels, but the 60s, 70s, and 90s modernized the look to suit contemporary tastes. Even today, homeowners find the pastel palette soothing and tranquil. Want to translate it in your own homes? Here’s how you can do it:
1. Artful execution
The thing about pastel colours is that they need to be articulated in a unique way, or your home may as well end up looking like a nursery. The best way to do that is to be artsy with your execution. Instead of simple wall paint, use customised geometric patterns on your statement feature wall. Small changes like that can totally make a huge difference!
2. A touch of high-contrast
Full-on pastels in every aspect of your home are definitely going to look boring. You can make them more relevant and interesting by adding some high-contrast design elements. These can be in the form of furniture, decorative accessories, or even a mosaic-style wall that contrasts with the rest of the space. But do remember not to be very heavy-handed with these elements.
3. Complementing the style
The pastel colour palette is very innovative, but it does have a retro edge. So furnishing it with simple and plain pieces can seem a bit redundant. Therefore, try to be a little innovative with your furnishings while designing such a home. Go for a 3-piece coffee table sets instead of typical centrepiece. Choose a round area rug instead of a square one. Use stools on your dining table instead of conventional chairs.
4. Think in angles
Straight lines and clean designing is all well and good, but if you’re already being a trendsetter by choosing a bold colour scheme, why not go all the way? You can execute your pastels palettes in complicated geometric forms – angular lines, triangular shapes, etc. everything is fair game as long as your space looks wholesome.
5. Reinvent with splashes of bold
You can reinvent the entire pastel catalogue by adding bold accompaniment to these colours. While most of your backdrop can remain muted, choose at least one accent wall to be executed in bold, vibrant versions of your pastel palette to get a more cohesive outlook in the space.