When pastels first made their way back into mainstream fashion, I was doubtful that they would last too long. Even for someone like me who enjoys a little powder blue here and there, the saccharine, somewhat traditional color palette is a bit much. But given a new, modern shape, or unexpected twist (like kilim!) suddenly these feminine colors have a whole new edge…

modern mint and white kitchen with pastel rug touches of pastels + stripes // living room via coco kelley

The trick for me, with pastels, is to pair them is saturated tones – bright yellows, rich teals and corals come to mind – with touches of black and white.

Also featuring these softer colors on more industrial pieces, like the coffee table above, helps make them a little less sweet.

modern pastel home inspiration // via coco kelley

1. pendant lights // 2. ceramic bowl // 3. bar cart // 4. yellow pillow // 5. kilim pillow // 6. coral chair // 7. teal ottoman // 8. pink and marble light // 9. pastel moroccan rug // 10. chevron rug pastel pinks + teal wall hangings // nicole franzen modern furniture in pastels paired with leather // via coco kelley

I also love pastels with darker woods and leathers – not what you would typically imagine pastels being paired with, but they add a little contrast…

modern pastel home inspiration // via coco kelley

1. industrial pendant // 2. leather stool // 3. mint shelves // 4. ceramic vases // 5. pastel dinnerware // 6. pink chair // 7. black & white rug // 8. yellow throw pastels and pink bedroom with marimekko print

Of course there’s still plenty of room for pastels to stay sweet – like this bedroom doused in pink! But you can see that the room still involves modern prints and colorful lighting making it a little bit more digestible.

How would you incorporate pastels in your own home? Me, I’ve always loved the pink walls, and the idea of an icy blue chair…

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images :: clare cousins // elina dahl // nicole franzen // desire to inspire // karin ratata

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