Today we’re lucky to have my friend Christie from the blog Mackiko Home guest posting about a new season colour trend – pastel pop. Christie is a designer, teacher, mum and renovator who has an eye for gorgeous things. Please leave a comment and make her feel welcome.
Often we think of revitalising the body and mind with healthy exercise and good nutrition. But, have you considered the effects that your surroundings can have on your own mood and well-being? The great thing about refreshing your home, is that you can choose to start as small (or as big) as you like. You may even find that creating a calm and beautiful space for yourself will help you remain focused and motivated to reach those other goals you’ve set yourself this spring (you know, that diet and exercise stuff)!
Colour is a fun and versatile tool for updating your home. This spring, pastels are the it trend in home decor and design; we’re talking soft lilacs, buttery yellows, feminine pinks, cool mints and ice blues. What’s wonderful about the pastel colour trend, unlike it’s loud predecessor, neon; is that it works well when teamed with neutral pieces you already have in your home. Making it a quick and easy way to update your surroundings.
You might like to start with your hall stand, lounge or even your bedroom. By choosing a few key pieces it’s easy to restyle your space. Try starting with a small posy of fresh blooms, a framed print or throw cushions to inject a fresh pastel hit to your living area. Play around with your objects and curate a vignette in your home. A place where your eye can fall and absorb the calming effect of this feminine pallet. If you like what you see, become adventurous and try adding more of the pastel pop to your space.
I’m always on the lookout for pieces that can work double-duty in the home. The Copper Ball Mason Jars and Carrier (1) by Rainy Sunday work well when teamed with blooms in soft shades of lilac or pink and can double as drinking vessels at your next soiree.
Rather than selecting a print from one of the major home wares and furnishing chain stores, I like to browse the work of online designers and artists on sites such as Etsy or Made It. It’s a great way to avoid displaying the same piece that a million other home makers have, whilst also giving you the opportunity to refine your own personal style. May and Belle’s Shine Bright – Pastel Diamond (2) looks simply divine while the abstract and layered forms of AMMIKI (3) tick all the boxes!
If you don’t have the cash to splurge on a new poster or print why not try framing your favourite pastel gift wrap? The Moroccan Mandala in Peach (4) by Inky Co. works well in a Ribba Frame (5) from Ikea and can be updated as often as you like (following seasonal trends).
Throw cushions are great for the lounge or bedroom. You could try pairing the Mercer + Reid Pheonix Pastel (6) cushion from Adairs with other cushions in grey or mint. While the Meyer Table Lamp (1 below) from Beacon Lighting would look great on a side table or drawers. It comes in butter, mint, musk or even black!
Country Road has a great selection of home wares and bedding ranges for adults and kids alike. I couldn’t go past the Taska Quilt Cover (2)in Ice Pop or the Sevri (3) cushion. You can also see a round up of their own pastel picks here.
Finally, paint is a great way to update a space, I’m in love with Dulux’s Shutterbug, Pastel Mint and Ice Pack. If you’re renting and paint is not an option, you could try the use of removable wall decals. I absolutely love the pastel Confetti Wall Sticker Dots (4)I’ve used in my daughter’s room from Down That Little Lane but also have my eyes on some whimsical Ice Cream Cones (5) from Urban Walls.
Just remember when using pastels, team your items with neutral pieces you already have in your home. White ceramics, glass, natural timbers, linens and greys work well with this palette, adding to it’s calming femininity.
Will you be updating your home with any colour trends this season? Which ones appeal to you?