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Trend Watch: Pastels

Posted on February 20 2018

With Spring on the horizon, our thoughts often turn to those colors that remind us of the fairer weather. Soft pastels nearly always reign supreme at this time of year and give our homes a welcoming, light and airy look.

If you are considering adding pastels to your living spaces, here are our tips for which colors are on trend right now. From sunny yellows, soft pinks and even a return of an 80's favorite, lilac, here are the fairest of the fair of the pastel color spectrum.

Blush Pink

Black bedroom with blush pink velvet chair

Image source: Moroso via SF Girl By Bay

The 'Instagram Darling' of 2017 isn't going anywhere. Soft blush pink with hints of grey or peach has been the most popular pastel we've seen for some time. Little wonder when it marries so beautifully with so many other shades.

Blush can act as a neutral in a space so consider a soft blush pink sofa or even choose a paint color for your walls which moves towards a touch of blush. The whole space will be warm and bright. If you want to reduce the feminity of the color, consider combining this shade with hints of black which grounds pink and adds a stylish edge.

Soft Peach

Peach walls with gold console and large art

Image source: Hawkins New York via Sight Unseen / Photo by Pippa Drummond

A front-runner for one of the trendiest shades of the new year, peach is suddenly everywhere again. While those of us who are a little older may remember it's popularity in the 80's, it's back once again but in a much more contemporary form.

Consider combining peach with blush pink and burgundy for a look that's entirely of the 21st century.


Lilac bathroom vanity with gold mirrors

Image source: Designer Tara Fingold via This is Glamorous, originally published in Style at Home

While Pantone may have named their Color of the Year for 2018 as Ultraviolet - a striking deep blue-purple, if you are looking for a simple way to incorporate the trend, consider instead lilac. Softer and easier to live with, it pairs beautifully with gold and brass finishes.

Try combining this look with some antique pieces in darker finishes to make the look more sophisticated and luxurious.

Pale Yellow

Dining Room with Yellow Chairs

Image Source: Domino Magazine / Home of Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty /  Designer Good Bones, Great Pieces

The softest of yellow, this pastel adds a ray of sunshine to your interiors. We love it as an accent shade in a space so consider using it on your furniture, even updating existing pieces like chairs or an armoire in your home with a lick of chalk paint for a great Spring update.

Go tonal with cream and white in combination with this shade for a fresh and airy look that will take you through the rest of the year in style.

Robin's Egg Blue

White kitchen with pale blue cooker - Ellie Larson

Image source: Elsie Larson - A Beautiful Mess / Photo by Amber Ulmer

While any shade of pale blue is welcome this time of year, we're particularly enamoured by the softest blue-green of Robin's Egg blue. This stunning color works perfectly with natural finishes like wood, wicker and sisal to create a warm and welcoming country aesthetic.

For a more contemporary take on this color, it also marries well with marble finishes, brass and bright white. 


Get the Look

Check out our favorite pastel pieces from My Two Designers below!

 My Two Designers Spring Pastels Buying Guide

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