Trend: Tinted Pastels

About the Trend: Tinted Pastels

Pastel colours have long been associated with children, youth, innocence, and whimsy, but they have increasing commercial and residential appeal as barely-there tints uplift and modernize a space while channelling a sense of calm and joy.

When you apply the tones correctly, delectable ice cream shades work in any space.

Trend: Tinted Pastels
Trend: Tinted Pastels

Colour & Styling Considerations

One Colour

Monochromatic colour schemes are a fun and contemporary way to introduce pastels. A one-colour scheme created using different tones of that one colour will elevate your space and make it feel more sophisticated. Use supple textures like velvet coupled with metallics to create a more decadent and refined look.

Pops of Pastels

If you're experimenting with pastels for the first time, start with small things you can gradually build up. By using pastels in small doses, like fun and unexpected pops or accents in various rooms throughout, it makes it more palatable and "grown up" as they become a pleasant surprise as you move around and focus on the space.

Use Darker Shades

Team pastels with strong, dark colours to counterbalance them in a modern way. This will change their character from pretty and restful into something more dramatic and edgy. High tonal contrasts add depth and dimensions and prevent the colour scheme from falling flat.