Pastel perfection: 7 ways to decorate with pretty pastels

How to decorate with pretty pastels and playful notes

Pastel shades and country interiors are a match made in heaven and it's a trend that is set to last. Whether it's a whole scheme or touches here and there, you can pretty-up any room of your country home with furniture or accessories in ice-cream colours. Blend with playful pattern-pops and delicate floral details to bring relaxed charm to country living. Check out these beautiful images for more inspiration...

Vintage kitchen
Display decorative china in a classic plate rack painted in baby blue for a cheerful vintage-style statement in the kitchen. Mix and match favourite patterns and plains in different shapes and sizes for an eye-candy storage solution!

kitchen room with blue shelves on wall

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Garden charm
Paint plant pots in calming pastels and pot-up with summery blooms to add vibrancy that leads all the way from an entrance area to your garden. A pretty floral panel on a curtain lends itself to the garden theme.

room entrance with wooden flooring and white table

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Dainty dining

Create a light and airy dining room by combining furniture in delicate hues with spritely colour-pop accessories. Muted tones of mint, lemon, duck egg and blush work well against a neutral foundation for fresh country-chic appeal.

kitchen room with wooden flooring and table with chairs

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Lucious living
Pick a pretty soft pastel sofa for timeless feminine appeal and scatter with countryside inspired cushions in jolly shades for a quick and easy seasonal update. A striking feature rug and dotted-about votives of wild flowers will add a final flourish to the look!

living room with white shelves and sofaset with cushions

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Cosy bedroom
Lie down and be lulled into a lovely slumber by a soothing pastel-themed bedroom. Layer soft bedlinen with textured cushions and throws for sumptuous bedtime bliss. A decorative feature wall adds elegance, while wooden accents spread rustic charm.

bedroom with printed walls

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Landing of loveliness
Who says hallways have to be dull? Turn it into a cute space to enjoy as you move from room to room. Pick a statement storage piece in a charming pastel hue and frame against a wall painted in harmonious pastel shades. Paint dados and skirting boards in a slightly darker tone for a modern accent.

utility room with wooden flooring

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Bathtime bliss...

A palette of pastel blue and greens creates a serene and fresh feel in the bathroom – perfect for relaxing bath times. Traditional roll-tops can be upcycled with a coat of chalky paint to add a pop of pastel to a plain room.

bathroom with wooden flooring and bathtub

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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.