If you love pastels, then what better way to embrace them than to decorate with them? The dining room is a great place for using pastels as they can create a beautifully serene atmosphere. Pastels look fresh and sweet, but you must be careful not to overdo it otherwise it can look sickly.
Modern Pastel Dining
Use sleek furniture in minimalist shapes and metallic accessories with mint, lavender and dusty blue walls and soft furnishings. For a modern look, stick to one colour and use the similar tones throughout. Alternatively, have a predominantly white room and make a subtle statement with a pastel table or chairs. Use the same colour in the curtains of your dining room to bring the room together, and try voile or sheer materials for a pretty, feminine look. Using monochrome and varying tones of grey with pastel also creates a striking look that really makes the pastel pop.
French Country Pastels
The French conjure an association with pastels thanks to the soft colours of their macarons which often provide a reference for interior colour schemes. French patterns such as the fleur de lis, and the rococo and baroque styles, look gorgeous in pastel shades and are used in French country decor. The French aren't overly fussy and like to mix opposites in their interiors, so to really get the feel, mix pastels with dark or bright colours, or both. A variety of textures - wood, porcelain, fabrics, glass - will give the space a rich, homey feel.
This is where we pastel lovers can go really over the top. Pretty florals, polka dots, gingham, stripes and retro shapes can all come into the mix with a vintage pastel dining room. Think about the 1950s aesthetic with pretty coloured glasses and matching cutlery. A bunch of meadow flowers as a centre piece, cartoon birds and a retro style clock all contribute to a pretty feel to the room. Combine complementary pastel colours and shades to really make an impact. Everything from leather to linen to wood is available in pastel shades so you could have everything in your dining room pastel-ised. However, be careful not to go too over the top and include natural materials such as a wooden oak dining table painted white or left in its organic finish to ground the room. You can buy wooden dining tables from Top Furniture.