The home of inspiration

Contemporary Pastels

With the Contemporary Pastels trend, the sugary sweetness of millennial pink is given a sophisticated update for 2019. Gone are the days when pastels were for nurseries. This trend combines muted pastel hues with pale greys, whites and creams for a sophisticated, subtle and ultimately balanced look. While before, pastels might add fresh pops of colour in throws, curtains or rugs – now they’re central to the décor, beautifully showcased in statement pieces of furniture such as bed frames, sofas and upholstered dining chairs. You can even paint a white internal door or picture rail in the chalky pastel shade of your choice.
Design Inspiration Hints & Tips
Pastel Pink Sofa

The Contemporary Pastels colour palette

In the Contemporary Pastels trend, soft pastel hues are an extension of the neutral palette, harmonising with greys, taupes, creams and off whites. Combinations such as mint and cream, pale pink and warm grey or coral and lilac are restful, calming and refined. There’s nothing sweet or saccharine about this grown up colour palette.

Contemporary Pastels in the living room

The Contemporary Pastels colours lend themselves to many different living room looks, from rustic country style to cool and contemporary. You can choose a sofa in a neutral shade, grey works beautifully with pastels – perhaps pair it with a large pink footstool or pale blue accent chair. And, whatever colour your sofa, you can pile it with feather filled scatter cushions in pastel tones. Embrace the Contemporary Pastels trend with a statement pink sofa the focal point of your living room. Add occasional furniture such as coffee tables or bookshelves in warm natural woods, to bring out the beauty of the pink. Pastel colours always look fabulous with the rich green with of lush houseplants.


Pastel Cushions
Pastel Dining

Sophisticated dining with pastels

Soft, muted and soothing, Contemporary Pastels complement a natural wood dining set to perfection. An industrial style dining table and chairs in raw edged wood and metal stands out in edgy contrast to pastel walls or a pastel rug. Or you can pair a painted and wood dining set with luxurious velvet upholstered chairs in your favourite pastel shades – set off by décor in warm grey tones.


Calming hues for a relaxing bedroom

When used in the bedroom soft pink hues, relaxing greens or delicate blues create a feeling of calm – just what you need at the end of a long day. Create a sleep sanctuary you love with a pastel blue winged and buttoned or dusky pink fluted headboard, a stunning pastel fabric armchair or a deep pile pastel rug. Do you love a touch of glamour? Metallics such as coppers, golds and silvers in ceiling lights, dressing tables or accessories are a luxurious choice and contrast fabulously with pastels.


Pastel Bedroom

Get the look with pastel accessories

Contemporary Pastel accessories have a luxe feel – think velvet lampshades, richly textured blinds, silk cushions and sheepskin throws and even pastel coloured ceramics including vases and bowls. From soft greens to lilacs, Contemporary Pastels lend themselves to tactile accessories – and are perfect for injecting subtle yet on-trend colour into your home.


The home of inspiration

Hints & Tips Guides
Want more space at home? You’re not alone! Our survey of 2000 homeowners reveals how people feel about the size of their homes, and how they make the most of their space, from clever storage to multifunctional furniture.
Design Inspiration Hints & Tips Look Books
The Stars and Symbols trend is dramatic in the dining room, luxurious in the living room and beautiful in the bedroom. Luxury fabrics mix with linear shapes and celestial symbols, silhouetted against inky hued walls.
Design Inspiration Look Books Lifestyle
Fill your home with sunshine all year long, with sophisticated marigolds and warm ochres complemented by pink and russet tones. Find out more about the new Shades of Yellow trend.