Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pastel Palette’s

Here in NY we got to embrace the start of spring with a wonderfully warm and sunny weekend. Now of course we are back to gray clouds and raindrops, but for two glorious days I was living in the land of  dresses without tights and sunglasses.


With spring comes the re-immersion of pastel colors. From stuffed bunnies to Easter basket treats all around I begin to  see  light shades of pink, purple, blue and green.


While pastels in design conjure up images of bad decisions from the 80’s if done correctly it can look very current and chic.


uglyhousephoto { Oh pastels gone bad!}


I think the key to using pastels is to make sure to balance it with some darker shades.


This image from House Beautiful sums it up perfectly:


During the Architictual Digest Home Show one of my favorite displays was from Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams.


How chic is that tufted sofa! I’ll take 2 please.

mitchell gold 

This chair had to be my favorite thing in the display. Loved the buttery leather, loved the shade of blue/green it came in and to make it even more perfect it had nail head trim!

mitchell gold 2 

The bedding display was a bit more neutral, but I still loved it. Very understated yet stylish. It totally looked like something people would actually use in their homes not just something from a magazine spread.

mitchell gold 3

There whole set-up immediately reminded me of these:

egg f


egg 3

Don’t you think they would work framed up in a gallery wall in any of the rooms from above?


How do you feel about pastel shades in home decor? Do we love it or not so much?

Added more pictures to my DIFFA event recap. Now you can see what I wore and check me out at the table! Go have a peek!



Blogger sarah, flourish design + style said...

What a gorgeous collection of pastels.. I heart mitchell gold too! xo

March 23, 2010 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger A Perfect Gray said...

agreed. the first image - oh no! but the second gets it all right!

March 23, 2010 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Casa Bella said...

I love pastels, but I agree that I love to see them in combination with a bold, darker color. I love those framed pictures!

March 23, 2010 at 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Patty said...

Usually I like a plain base color and then bright accent pieces but this pastel look is pretty nice!

March 23, 2010 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger C @ Project Pretty said...

I'm definitely a fan of pastels.. if they're done right. Perfect example being Pheobe Howard rooms. Gorgeous, but they can get almost boring after you've seen so many.

March 23, 2010 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

woo that first picture...awful! we had a pastel-ed out 80's/early 90's house for a while. pickled cabinets, peach walls, lots of seafoam green and pink. awful.

looove that nailhead chair!


March 23, 2010 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Lucky Punk said...

Nice selection of well-done rooms. Pastels can definitely go very wrong, very easily, but you've shown that they can also be really beautiful.

March 23, 2010 at 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

I love those egg prints! Thank you for sharing.

March 23, 2010 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger shi(f)t said...

love them as long as you add in some rich browns or bolder, darker colors to deepen the room.

(ps--i WANT that mint armoire)

March 23, 2010 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

love the egg prints, so great for any time of year!

March 23, 2010 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Totally put egg prints in our guest room last year, LOVE that they're in style, I'm a big fan of natural things, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that aqua leather chair, I bet it felt like buttahhhh. *Amy


March 23, 2010 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Chic Coles said...

Pastel colors are my favorite. Especially purple!

March 23, 2010 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Kathysue said...

I love spring time colors in my home with a balance act done with touches of black and white. In fact I did a post today on what I like and what I don't like. The 80s
era was so bad in design and in fashion, that first picture made me twitch!! Good examples on this post and I am dying for those egg prints, Love them!! Happy Tuesday,Kathysue

March 23, 2010 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Truly love those egg botanicals - may have to figure out a way to use them!

March 23, 2010 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger kanishk said...

the first image - oh no! but the second gets it all right!
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March 23, 2010 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

It is amazing how the same colors can be redone in such a good way... That first image reminds me of our old beach house when I was in middle and high school. Niceeeee! Miami Vice what?

March 23, 2010 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Design Darling said...

those eggs are wonderful! you seriously always find the coolest stuff.

March 23, 2010 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Sarah - La Jeune Marie said...

I agree - pastels require balance! These spaces nail it.

March 23, 2010 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

You must admit, it's a challenge to show 80s mauve done right... That first pic brings back some bad memories.

March 24, 2010 at 12:57 AM  

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