Proof Decorating With Pastels Doesn't Have to Feel Juvenile

Proof Decorating With Pastels Doesn't Have to Feel Juvenile

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Karen Marsala
Sep 11, 2018
(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

Love the way designers can seemingly pull off pastels in their decor without any effort at all? You'd be surprised at just how easy it is to incorporate them into your own home, as well. The key is to make sure they aren't the focal point of the room. If you're envisioning your outcome may resemble a piece of exploded pink bubble gum, fear not. Take a look below to see how you can pull the look off for yourself. The result is a beautiful space that's stylish, not saccharine.

A Touch of Blush

Temper the femininity of pink velvet with a bold contrast such as the painted black wall above. The metal chair legs tie in with the gold-trimmed stairway, making for a chic yet cohesive statement. Touches of pink in the frame, picture, and flowers tie it all together.

Statement Storage

These sophisticated trunks would look great in lieu of a nightstand or just placed in the corner of your living room for additional seating when guests come over. Added bonus? They actually open, for convenient and inconspicuous storage.

Serene Sofa

Let soft pink make a statement, without going over-the-top. The sofa, pillow, bench, and artwork feel anchored with the inclusion of organic wood elements (the bench, floors, and tables), while the textured pieces (pillow and sheepskin rug) keep the room feeling soft, serene, and totally inviting.

Rugs to Riches

We love how the pastel pink detail in this rug is complemented by darker shades of maroon and brown to add just the right amount of edge. The tassel trim adds a boho touch, and the southwest-inspired pattern will complement most decor.

Think Pink

Add touches of pastels in a unique, fun way like The Yellow Dwelling did with these millennial pink pillows tucked into a wooden ladder. The pink, gray, and white Turkish towel draped on the sofa and the addition of several black pillows and a hearty plant complete the look and feel grounded.

Succulent Sculpture

Let this not-at-all precious succulent sculpture take center stage amongst your existing greenery, or simply place it on its own for a standout conversation piece. This light pink "succulent" is placed atop a geometric white vase to add a touch of style to any room you decide to place it in.

Pop of Pink

Pops of pink play together beautifully in this calming bedroom. Adding to the matching pink duvet cover and shams, the oversized, matching piece of artwork placed beside the bed and soft gray wall color encourage lingering in bed on a lazy weekend morning.

Pink Pinwheels

Despite the fact that this is billed as party decor, we think the pinwheels would look quite fetching placed atop a bar cart or on a blank wall for a year-round statement. Each set of six features various sizes and shades of pastel pink and gold to add just a touch of color without overwhelming.

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