A Study in Contrasts: Pastels and Black

A Study in Contrasts: Pastels and Black

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Nancy Mitchell
Sep 23, 2013

Here's a look we're currently loving: dreamy pastels punched up with a bit of black. Like all the best couples, these two are better together: the pastel tones have a gentling influence on the black, while the black adds a little bit of edge. It's just the right amount of unexpected, soft and modern all at once.

Above: pastel wishbone chairs and light pink trim toughen up with the addition of black pendant lamps. David Cleaveland for You Magazine, via Daily Mail and House to Home.

Pairing pink with black accents creates a delicious contrast and a super-modern look. From Living Etc via SF Girl by Bay.

I love the way the black tub on a field of mint green really draws your eye. Singulares Magazine via Paper Blog.

From Tia Borgsmidt via Nordic Design: a black sconce pops against a pink wall, while black accents keep lavender bedding from reading too girly.

This kitchen, from an apartment in Malmö, Sweeden, spotted on Dos Family, flips what we've seen in the previous pics on its head by using pastel colors as an accent on a field of black.

What do you think - love it or hate it?

(Images: as linked above)

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