It's been impossible not to notice that pastels are making a huge splash in everything from fashion to home decor this spring. The sorbet shades go far in brightening up a room and most people tend to be drawn to that; even if you don't consciously identify with 'mint', for example, the colour will likely have a pleasing effect. Also, pastels look great mixed with other pastels, as well as brights and straight neutrals like beige and ivory, as illustrated in that gorgeous writing desk, above. And due to their mood-elevating powers, their appeal will last well beyond the seasonal craze.
My enduring love of the soft palette and its particular relevance to decor choices this season was the basis for a recent product Ideabook for Houzz. Even just one pastel piece added to a space can completely transform how it feels, such as a beautiful rug in pale celadon or a stand-out chair. And if you're fearlessly indulgent, you can create a haven of tranquility and cheer by going all out with several complementary colours, or building the room using a variety of shades of your favourite hue. And remember to extend it beyond furniture and accent pieces to every day, practical items such as what we use to cook or eat with - interract with your pastels to get the most out of them!