Inspirations | 8 June 2018

5 steps to effortless style with pastels

by Danielle Taylor

When it comes to interior trends it’s clear that pastels are back in a big way – and we’re so in love.

The muted tones of mint green, powder pink, lemon chiffon and delphinium blue, to name but a few, add a sense of calm and simplicity to any space while also bringing a gentle pop of colour. They also work beautifully together, as long as they are the same depth and tone, and will give a subtle lift to whites and pale grey tones.

In fact we think their versatility makes pastels the perfect alternative to the neutral palette - and they’re just as easy to enhance, update and make your own with carefully selected furnishings.

In this post we’ll share a few of our favourite things that pop and pair perfectly with pastels.

#1 Include blonde timbers and natural materials

Natural, gentle materials such as blonde timbers and subtle marbles are the perfect way to introduce texture and interest to a muted palette.

The naturally occurring differentiations - unique marbling and gradations of stone, knots, imperfections and variety of colour in timbers – work beautifully against a backdrop of soft and gentle colours.

Try a raw wood coffee table over a dusky pink printed rug or light timber floorboards with eggshell yellow or neo mint walls – there’s no end of possibilities when it comes to this perfect pairing.


#2 Take a Scandinavian approach

Scandinavian style interiors have become increasing popular since the 1950s and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. The timeless elements of light muted colours, timbers, clean lines and simple accents blend effortlessly into any interior. What’s not to love?

Pastels will add warmth and personality to this classic look. Team a Scandi interior with a mix of baby pink, frosted blue and soft teal scatter cushions, or a large print with a burst of pastels on the wall.

We love this blush pink chunky knit throw draped over the bed from one of our new display bedrooms – the cozy combination of soft muted colours with pale timber furnishings are a match made in cozy heaven.

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#3 Add pops of metallic

So on-trend right now are subtle pops of metallics. Whether in the form of light fittings, a piece of furniture or even soft furnishings like cushions, metallic accents add a sense of fun and luxe to a muted palette.

The key is not to go overboard – too much metallic will dominate the space. Keep it to one or two features per room – an assortment of vases on a side table, or a matt gold tap fitting in your bathroom is enough to create interest and give the room a lift.


#4 Bring the garden indoors

Another increasingly popular interior feature we absolutely love is the use of indoor plants to soften and bring life to a room.

A contrasting mix of greens and textures are the perfect accompaniment to a muted pastel palette.

And, as an added bonus, many varieties of plants are also natural air purifiers, so as well as looking great, they also create a clean and de-stressed sanctuary for your home.

Go for low maintenance varieties that don’t require direct sunlight - such as the peace lily, rubber tree, golden pothos or philodendron and avoid your indoor garden from looking to uniform by choosing planters and plant stands of varying heights and sizes.


#5 Embrace matt surfaces

Industrial-inspired matt surfaces are now popular in residential homes according to interior designer experts – low reflective matt and grey concrete look surfaces for benchtops, appliances and décor are taking over from the high gloss look we all know.

And the good news is this understated, natural look teams up perfectly with our muted pastel colour palette.

The toned-down beauty of matt finishes can be incorporated into your home in the form of tiles, bathroom vanity and kitchen bench tops or you could seek out concrete look decorative bowls, vases or plant pots that can be swapped in and out to keep the look fresh.

The matt-finish soft grey tiles used to frame this built-in fireplace provide a gentle contrast to the reflective surfaces of the large mirror and marble side table – creating an inviting space where you can’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy.


For more inspiration using pastel tones in your home design, make sure you visit our new Coventry 33 display at Highlands Estate, Craigieburn, and follow us on Instagram @carlislehomes

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Danielle Taylor

Interior Design Manager

With over 25 years experience in residential building, it’s no wonder Danielle’s colleagues are in awe of her ability to continually create new and on-trend interior colour schemes for the Carlisle display homes.

However Danielle’s passion for creating beautiful interior and exterior design themes doesn’t stop at selecting colours. Danielle wants the display homes to not only look beautiful but also be attainable for our customers. Her days are spent researching and selecting the perfect furniture pieces, decorator items, wallpaper, lighting and fittings to create a complete home they could move straight into.

“Sometimes you need to see something on display to realise what you like. I love that our displays inspire our clients decisions on furniture layouts, lighting and colour to complete their dream home”.

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