Pastel colour schemes - 10 of the best

Decorate your home with pastel colour schemes.Come to for easy ideas for pastel colour schemes

Although you might think pastel colours will only work in the spring, these soft shades are actually great for making your home feel light and airy all year round. And you don't have to restrict pretty pastel shades to a girl's bedroom: Take this colour scheme into the kitchen, the bathroom and even the hallway.

Muted tones of mint, lemon and duck egg can make just as much of a statement as more vibrant colours. A pastel colour scheme can even range from elegant and sophisticated, to cute and quirky. Whether your tastes are grounded in classic country, or something more along the line of hotel-chic you still can make this popular colour scheme work for you - and we've got the know-how to help you do it.

If this is your first foray into pastel shades, ease yourself into the trend with subtle accents. Choose a white backdrop to build on and add touches of soft lilac or pale blue on painted furniture or soft furnishings. Pastel throws and cushion, or even a canopy over a bed, in a neutral bedroom is a simple way to give a nod to the trend, without changing the look of your home too much.

If you're in love with a pastel colour scheme and ready to dive in head first, we have plenty of inspiration for you to theme your home in pastel hues. Don't be afraid to mix up your pastel shades: Painting your room in one pale colour will complement one or two other shades around the room - on sofas, tables and chairs - as well as making a small space appear larger.

1/10 Pretty pastel bedroom

bedroom with pillows and cream wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Spike Powell)

If you're after a country look, why not go for pretty pastel bedlinen? Here an assortment of throws and cushions adds warmth and depth to the scheme.


Bed linen

2/10 Calming green living room

living room with sofa and frame on wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dominic Blackmore)

Pastel colour schemes aren't all candy hues and sorbet-inspired shades. Here a calming green tone creates a fresh, spring-like feel in this relaxed living room.

Sofa Workshop

Baker Lifestyle range

3/10 Romantic bedroom with pink canopy

bedroom with bed and pillows

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Bevan)

Not sure how to introduce pastel shades into a neutral bedroom? Invest in a statement four poster bed and decorate with a romantic pastel-coloured canopy.

Little Greene
Canopy fabric

4/10 Sky blue hallway

blue wall with chair and flower

(Image credit: Future PLC/Carolyn Barber)

Love pastel blue? This funky looking hallway mixes warm sky-blue paint with graphic floor tiles - the results are simple, yet stunning.

Floor tiles
Lindsey Lang
Tray table
Cox & Cox

5/10 Grey and pink living room

living room with sofa and pillows

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jon Day)

Grey and pink is a perfect colour combination. Here, a delicate floral wallpaper is the perfect backdrop for layering up pastel-coloured cushions, throws and even some quirky artwork.

Osborne & Little
Vintage Flower Paintings

6/10 Lilac dining room

dining room with white wall and dining table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Katya De Grunwald)

Going for a full room refresh? Choose soft lilac walls, pink sheer curtains and painted furniture for a stunning colour scheme in the dining room.

Dining table
B&B Italia
Designers Guild

7/10 Powder blue bedroom

bedroom with bed and blue wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

If you're a fan of tonal colour schemes, take a look at this pretty bedroom. A french-style bed takes centre stage, while powder-blue checks and florals soften the look.

Similar paint
Farrow & Ball
Curtain fabric
Laura Ashley

8/10 Pastel living room

living room with sofa and ballons

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

Introduce colour with fresh lemon walls and, if you're feeling brave, why not go for ice-cream coloured furniture - great for adding a playful touch.

Sofa bed
Molteni & C
Ligne Roset

9/10 Pink and blue floral living room

living room with sofa and lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

Pastel shades work well in country-inspired schemes. Here blue floral wallpaper and a pink coloured sofa give the living room a soft, gentle feel.

Wallpaper and lamp
Laura Ashley
Floral cushion

10/10 Girl’s pastel-coloured bedroom

living room with white wall and fire place

(Image credit: Future PLC/Derek Robinson)

Love neutral tones? Here, grey blue walls teamed with cool white floorboards create a calming mood.

Farrow & Ball

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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.