10 Pastel Rooms That Don't Feel Overly Sweet

Spring is officially here, and with it comes the desire to switch from a wintry home aesthetic to something a little more sunny. Enter pastels. While these hues can seem a bit too sweet, these stylish spaces prove that doesn't always need to be the case.

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March 23, 2018
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Pastel Accents

If you’re not ready to commit to a total pastel takeover, there are ways for you to incorporate the sweet shades without giving yourself a toothache. Leave the permanent fixtures as they are — the walls, floors and ceiling can all be left as is. That way to new pastel additions can truly shine. Focus on budget-friendly pieces like dining room chairs and window treatments, to try out the trend without breaking the bank.

Monochromatic Palette

Take a design-forward chance with your new pastels by going for a bit of a monochromatic approach. Simply introduce an assortment of accents that are all centered on one specific shade. While the light pink wall in this room may be enough, the inclusion of the chair and painting that are rocking similar hues make this interior feel even brighter and more welcoming. Break up the tone on tone aesthetic by including other materials to ensure this seasonal sprucing will go beyond springtime.

Neutral Textures

Take pastels to new levels by introducing some neutrals into the mix. The walls and linens in this bedroom are all the same light pink, but that doesn’t mean this tonal takeover feels overwhelmingly sweet. Achieve a high-style aesthetic by incorporating a few neutral accents that will help balance out the subtle pink shades. Drape a cozy cream knit on the bed, place a jute rug on the floor and bring in a bold indigo pillow to help ground everything in a super chic way.

Kitchen Cabinets

More often than not we see kitchens decked out in a fully neutral palette. And while we love a classic farmhouse kitchen, there's something to be said for spaces with a little bit more eye-candy. Instead of jumping straight to something super bold, these more muted hues are a flawless way to dip your toe into the colorful pond. Ditch the safe choices and opt for something a bit unexpected, like these minty cabinets, and your mealtime prep will be more enjoyable than ever.

Wallpaper Twist

The wallpaper in this contemporary bedroom is sporting oversized flowers in the cutest peachy hue. One of the best parts about this patterned pastel? You can keep the rest of the furniture in the room minimalist and let the print do all the talking. From florals to geometric prints, an edgy addition is the perfect way to rid pastels of their sweet stigma and turn them into seriously stylish options that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Upholstered Options

There are ways to make the execution of pastels seem a bit more chic. How? Opt for upholstered pieces instead of just splashing some colorful paint on your walls. From couches to ottomans and everything in between, you can call on some muted hues to help get the job done. If you’re not feeling too confident about pulling this off in your own interior, take a few notes from this living space. The bubblegum pink lounge tucked in this cozy corner serves as the perfect eye-catching extra.

Playful Patterns

Taking the plunge into the world of pastels can be a bit intimidating. With their distinct appearance, and sometimes overwhelming Easter-like qualities, it can be a bit of a challenge to work these into your existing decor. Instead of painting a wall in one tone, try out a playful pattern to ease your way into those lighter shades. Some bold, oversized stripes will do just the trick.

Multicolored and Eclectic

Maximalist design is certainly having its moment. If you want to get in on the trend but aren’t crazy about bold colors and prints, this softer approach is perfect for you. Bring a variety of different pastels in to create some serious eye-candy. With their spring-friendly aesthetics, these additions will certainly be appreciated. While the green wallpaper in the background and blue and pink seating options up front may be what immediately catches the eye, it’s the smaller details that have us swooning. From the dyed sheepskin draped over the chair to the fresh bouquet of flowers arranged on the coffee table, these touches help make a case for why pastels should be utilized all year long.

Wood Contrast

Instead of incorporating something that may clash with your existing setup, find easy ways to balance your style with some soft extras. While there are many ways to create a cohesive look, it’s this woody contrast that we’re loving in this space. By pairing light blue walls with natural wood accents, the contrast looks perfectly in place.

Balanced Blues

Don’t be intimidated by the fact that certain pastels can seem a bit too sugary for your interior. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of bold pops of color, there are ways to expand your home's color horizons in an understated way. While the wall behind the bed is a very light hue, the darker blue accents help tie the look together. These simple contrasts add the perfect amount of depth to ensure this room has character that goes beyond a single coat of paint.

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