Yesterday was a very happy day for me - the day we gain an extra hour of sunlight! To me this signifies the beginning of spring, whether it's warm and sunny or not. During the cold, dark and rainy days of winter when it's hard to stay motivated, I often find myself dreaming of days where I can wear my flats or sandals to work (hopefully that day is coming soon!). The beginning of spring in most design disaplines signifies a new colour palette full of fresh bright colours and pastels. While I love pastels, at times I find them difficult to work with. They might look great mixed and matched in a children's room, however transitioning them into adult spaces and maintaing a refined look can somewhat be challenging. In my experience the best way to successfully use pastels in a space is to stick with one colour. While mixing a variety of pastels may look great when displaying a tray of different coloured macarons, or in a basket of easter eggs this rule does not cross over to interiors if you are trying to achieve a sophisticated or contemporary look (in my opinion). Want my advice? Choose one colour to work with and either:
1. Use this specific hue in small quantities as an accent colour
2. Use a variety of hues/tones of the same colour to create a more monochromatic look (i.e different shades of purple)
Here are some spaces that have used some amazing spring colours to create successful spaces. What do you think - can you mix and match pastels?
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