Spring into pastels!

Think of pastel colours and you’ll immediately get flashbacks to the 80’s, with its bad hair styles and retro square shoulder padded jackets. But pastels are making a welcome return this year, as they help revive our interior décor after the cold winter months.

Bringing an update to pastels for 2015


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The pastels of 2015 are more soothing and understated; think sky blues, dusky pinks and buttermilk creams. Instead of candy colours, think watercolour landscapes and nature-based neutrals, warm wood hues and barely there shades. They’re subtle, sensitive and understated – providing a relaxing environment – regardless of which room they adorn.

Team them with the understated brights of tropical and floral prints (take a look at Laura Ashley’s beautiful Hummingbird beaded cushion and Orchid bed linen) and you’ll have bought pastels bang up to date for 2015.

Add a dash of metallic

Image courtesy Laura Ashley - showing Francesca Orchid Print, Orchid & Hummingbird prints

Image courtesy Laura Ashley – showing Francesca Orchid Print, Orchid & Hummingbird prints

This year pastels may be the main focus, but they provide a beautiful understated backdrop for gorgeous on-trend metallic colours. With shades such as tropical aquamarine alongside warm wood hues, you can add dramatic statements to any room. You can easily update a plain hi-gloss white kitchen by adding metallic aquamarine elements or create visual interest to your bedroom, by layering pastel shades and adding metallic beads and textures.

Bringing the outside in…

The nature-based neutrals and warm wood hues provide a complementary backdrop for the other colour that is on trend this year… green.

The muted green shades are back; think soft sage and leaf green etc. It’s all about bringing nature inside – but not just in the form of potted plants etc. – it’s more of a synthetic format. So opt for bold leaf palm prints and pastel floral patterns.

How will you be adding pastels to your interior styling this year? Maybe you prefer the tropical metallics? Whatever you decide, why not check out my Pinterest boards for some inspiration?

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