Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pastels - a Whiter Shade of Pale

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pastels - a Whiter Shade of Pale

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Pastel colours are often dismissed as wishy-washy, bland and girlie when it comes to interior design. But recent trends have shifted the balance in favour of these subtle hues. So, for a more harmonious atmosphere in the home, go for a cooler palette.

Spring is just around the corner and we always feel more of an affinity with paler shades at this time of the year. As the morning skies get brighter and sunlight streams through our windows, we often feel an urge to redecorate. And, as spring is the season for new beginnings, there is no better time to get into that DIY groove and try something refreshing and new.

Pastels are generally easy to work with, unlike brights, pastels tend to juxtapose with each other. When you choose brights in a colour scheme, you need to be careful not to use too many different shades or you will probably end up with a room that looks gaudy and brash. Pastels, however, have a calming effect, so when using several shades together you're almost certain to achieve a good, harmonious balance.

The paler shades in the colour spectrum allow us to breathe and relax as they don't create a claustrophobic feeling. In a bedroom, pale walls coupled with crisp, white bed linen gives a feeling of invigoration. It's a great combination to wake up to. You may have trouble convincing the man in your life that a sugar pink would work well in the bedroom, so opt for something that's a little less disconcerting! Try compromising with a baby pink or a sea green, both work well in bedrooms and give an overall impression of tranquility, which is, after all, the atmosphere you want in a bedroom.

Soft greens can create a wonderfully calming effect in the home. Choose from a wealth of tones, from a pale moss or olive through to a delicate and unobtrusive lime. These colours have a quality that is almost Zen-like and emit an oriental feel. …

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