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The Ice Cream Shades trend – pastel paint colours with playful style

The pastel colour scheme is summer’s favourite combo. A strawberry ice cream cone on a sunny seaside pier, a bowl of fresh lemons, candy floss at the fairground and the summer washed blue of the sky. These classic pastel shades conjure up happy days that never seem to end – and inspire the playful Ice Cream Shades trend, a modern take on the classic pastel paint colours. . This upbeat, optimistic look is ideal for dining with the family and entertaining guests. Saturated pastel hues are displayed in strong blocks of pastel paint colour across walls, soft furnishings and tableware, using clean, unfussy shapes to add structure to the space. Read on for our top tips on creating a fresh, colourful Ice Cream Shades dining space.
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Pastel tableware complements

Mix up those fabulous pastel paint colours

The Ice Cream Shades trend differs from other pastel colour schemes in the way the colours are combined in the room. Forget wishy-washy pale lemon everywhere, the colours used are on the highest saturation end of the pastel spectrum, and they’re applied in bold blocks. Think of real ice cream flavours – lemon, raspberry, pistachio, mint, vanilla. Then create a tasty colour combination on your walls. Delicious!

Reflect the pastel paint colours in large mirrors, adding more brightness to the room. And think about blinds or curtains in complementary pastel shades.

Wooden furniture – perfect with any pastel colour scheme

A pastel colour scheme is cool, while natural wood – such as oak, beech or elm – is warm in tone. This is why wood suits the Ice Cream Shades trend so well. So if you already have a wooden dining set or a wooden floor in your dining room you’re half way there.

Pastel paint colours are fabulously retro, and so is the iconic mid-century design of Ercol furniture, including their famous Ercol Originals collection which includes the never-out-of-style stacking and butterfly chairs. An Ercol dining table in pride of place in your home will last for years. Ercol‘s Artisan collection is exclusive to Furniture Village. Hand-crafted from solid oak and finished with an elegant matte lacquer, the range showcases Ercol’s signature design flair.

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Ercol Originals chair with pastel colour rug
Pastel pink glass jug

Gorgeous glassware to complement your pastel interior design ideas

Find vases and bowls in pale pastel shades, clear or grey glass to set off your pastel colour scheme. Then fill them with daffodils, hyacinths and other spring and summer blooms. A delicate, translucent finishing touch, glassware is perfect for the Ice Cream Shades inspired dining room.

Funky lighting pops against pastel paint colours

A modern white statement pendant light hung directly above the table pulls the Ice Cream shades look together. Any bright, glossy white or pastel coloured ceiling light, floor lamp or table lamp will set off your modern pastel colour scheme to perfection.

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White ceiling light against pastel paint colours

Finish your pastel colour scheme with bright, fun accessories

The Ice Cream shades trend is all about having fun with accessories and statement designs when you’re having your pastel interior design ideas. Choose tableware in bright colours or pastel shades, mixing and matching for added interest.

If you have an open shelving unit, display your colourful tableware and let it add to the style of your dining space. And you can add pops of pastel colour in table runners and upholstered dining chairs.

A pastel blue or pastel pink rug under the dining table ‘anchors’ it in the room, while rugs combining two or three soft pastel shades will unify your pastel colour scheme.

Modern table lamps or floor lamps in whites or pale and neutral shades also complement pastel paint colours beautifully.

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Modern accessories complement pastel paint colours

Continue the pastel interior design theme

If your dining area is part of an open plan living and dining space, you can take the pastel theme right through the room. As well as pastel paint colours, think of bringing pastel shades into sofas and chairs, cushions, throws, footstools – for a sunny, welcoming space you’ll love to relax in.

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