Remember the pastels of the 80’s? Mint green, Miami Peach, and who could forget Dusty Rose? Believe me, I’ve tried.
You may have noticed that in clothing, some of the 80’s styles are making a dubious comeback. I just saw stirrup pants the other day on a girl who was too young to know that she hadn’t invented that trend. And don’t even get me started on neon.
Well, some of the pastels are making a comeback too, especially in home design. This fact caught my interest the other day as I was reading a decorating magazine (I have the best job in the world where reading House Beautiful is defined as research for my job!) and I was captivated by a room done in pastels. It looked so fresh and inviting and it got me wondering what the difference was between these “new” pastels and the horrible memories I have of my flamingo-spangled bedroom of the 80’s.
The answer is: this ain’t your momma’s pastel palette.
To use pastels successfully, I believe you need to muddy them up a little. So rather than straight greens and pinks in this one, they’ve been toned down with a significant amount of grays. If you’re selecting paint color for a room, this is easy – you just ask for one of these colors. If you’re mixing your own paint, for an art or craft project, you achieve a muddier color by adding a little bit of the complimentary color to your mix. In other words, if you’re mixing a light pastel green, you add a tiny bit of red or pink to the mix. For peachy colors, add blue. And for dusty lavenders, add yellow.
I really love soft pastel colors, and I’m excited for a chance to use them a bit more in my home. Bring on the pink and gray!
How about you – are you scared or excited about pastels?