Last week I released a new print – The Swan, and I thought for a blog post I’d style it and place it in a room. Turns out my mind and style is so consumed by saccharine hues, it’s making my teeth ache. I’m almost ready to crunch over a sugary, peachy, sherbert carpet to recline on a bed of fluffy pink candyfloss overlooking a refreshing plunge pool of minty milkshake… But, not quite because that’s sticky and gross, and I’m really not quite that naff.
The new pastels are kind of terrifying to me, I was putting this together and thinking how wrong it could go – how a room could so easily start to resemble a 1950′s nursery or something to do with cupcakes. Imagine having a living room where the only thing missing was a ‘It’s a girl!’ banner. It would be awful, more awful even than bland or boring.
But fear is never a good enough reason not to try something. The pastels of 2013 are super cool and incredibly gender neutral, they’re a great way to marry scandinavian modernity with mid-century styling without forgoing colour. Successful uses of the new pastels all have a few things in common.
• Use at least two opposite hues. Sticking to a single colour (eg. blue) isn’t the way to do it and will look safe (best case scenario), like a bathroom or nursery.
• Don’t over do the fluff & puff, keep furniture streamlined and include great raw materials (concrete, pale timbers, bare metal) to juxtapose hardness with all that soft colour.