How To Add Contrast To Your Pastel Theme

The pastel colour scheme is a conundrum in its own right. On one hand it is neat, clean, yet spunky at the same time. But on the other hand, it has an understated aura that needs a little sprucing up – but with what exactly? How can you add contrast to such sweet colours? Let’s find out below:


1. Create a relevant gallery wall

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A gallery wall is the perfect way to add some contrast to your pastel theme. However, it cannot be typically overloaded. It needs to highlight the understated beauty of the pastel theme. So, an asymmetric formation of frames with lots of spaces in-between is an excellent way to go. You can even customize the artwork or photographs in the frame so that they work well with the pastel backdrop.


2. Fifty shades of pastel

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Pastel shades are the lightest one of the bunch, but that doesn’t mean you cannot play with slight variations of their hues. In fact, that’s an excellent way to add contrast to a pastel themed interior design. You can look at this image for inspiration. The blue wall in the backdrop is as light and breezy as they come, up the sofa upholstery that’s a shade darker makes it feel more attractive.


3. Using quotes and wall art

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Wall art in both text and silhouette format is another excellent way for you to emulate some contrast in your pastel themed interior designs. It just has to be strategically applied in the space to feel truly impactful. The text quote featured in the living room in this image is a great example of how to choose the most visible location for this venture.


4. Lots of wood accents

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Another way that you can add some visual contrast to your pastel themed interior designs is by using some well-placed wooden accents. They can be in the form of furniture, or they could be n the form of in-built interior design elements such as wall-mount shelves, frames, doors, etc. They naturally complement the overall theme really well.


5. Any and all textures

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Another good way to make your pastel colour scheme as interesting as possible is by introducing texture contrast in the colours. Some wood in the form of beige, pattern in the form of tiles, and spotting in the form of lighting can make all the difference.


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