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All about pastels - the trend of Summer 2017

With the trends and collections still fresh in our minds from Milan’s recent design festival Salone del Mobile Milano, a few key looks grabbed our attention…

COLONIAL:
Images courtesy of Salone del Mobile.Milano
BOLD BRIGHTS:

But our stand out favourite, and our current obsession has to be PASTELS:
Image courtesy of Salone del Mobile.Milano

Image from @marc.ange instagram

Image from @2lgstudio instagram

With pastels often being thought of as pretty, feminine and dainty it’s refreshing to see the calmer tones taking the limelight in what can only be described as a pretty ballsy way. From clashing pastel hues to colour coordination overload, the trend makes a statement; perfectly kicking any preconceptions out the door and dragging the look into 2017.

Whilst it’s all very well and good to admire such a bold and confident trend from afar, it’s not always easy to work the look into your own home. As much as we’d love to completely overhaul our homes on a seasonal basis, that just isn’t practical or affordable so how to bring the pastel look to life and seamlessly avoid the pastel pitfalls that take the look from cool to embarrassing in one quick swoop? We look to three of our favourite influencers for advice…

Bianca Hall, French for Pineapple:

‘I’m really into pastels at the moment as they’re a lovely antidote to the dark greys we’ve been seeing for so long now. They’re soft, calming and super easy to live with. Just remember to add some black accents in the room to stop them being too girly.’

Hege Morris, Hege in France:

‘Seeing all the latest trend reports from Milan dusty pinks are definitely on the top of my trend list. I've seen gorgeous pink rooms with contrasting door frames and skirting in a slightly darker tone of pink. It looks beautiful. If you're not brave enough to paint a whole room pink though, you can easily add pink touches in forms of blossom, cushions and blankets. Why not use clothes to decorate with too? A beautiful pink blouse can soften up a room and make it more feminine.’

Fiona Reid, Copperline:

'If bold colours feel a little daunting - and I must admit they do to me! - then softer pastel hues can be a great option for introducing a subtle pop of colour into an interior scheme. I’d always opt for chalky tones to give the hues a more gentle effect, so lilac becomes a pale heathery shade while chalky blue feels like the colour of the sea on a misty day. These kind of shades can look wonderful played against soft grey tones, for example.

Also, I’d offset pastels with natural textures to give the space a bit of depth, so using timber finishes such as rustic oak for flooring, or I’d layer in metallic finishes such as brass or copper in lighting and accessories to add warmth to the palette.'

Pastels with attitude! Image by Bianca Hall

Shop the look…

1. Haku acrylic dining chair, £595
2. Dominga double door cabinet, £1,345
3. Dasha blush glass vase, £69
4. Arabesque table lamp, £100
5. Fluted porcelain votives (set of 3), £38
6. Domino iron planter on stand, £70
7. Diva ostrich console table, £350

Don’t forget to share your pastel looks with us!!

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