Pretty Pastel Interiors

Bold bright colours can be wonderful in a design scheme and bring a space alive. But the soothing shades of soft pastels can have just as big an impact on a design scheme.  Just in a more subtle understated way.

It can be refreshing to have a space where there is nothing fighting for attention. Just a simple understated and relaxing space.

Soothing shades of dusty pink and lilac in this calm living room from Live the life you Dream about

Floral soft furnishings, an iron bed and pretty pastel tones gives this bedroom a country feminine feel. Image from House to Home

I love the pop of pink against the white wall.  The mix of pastels and white gives a cheerful bright modern feel to this space.  Image from

Soft green walls, white woodwork and ceilings and pastel accents are used in this serene bedroom. Image from Homedit

For an understated look, add turquoise and pink accent colours and stick with a more neutral tone on the primary walls.  Image from Emerald Interior Design Blog 

Dreamy whites with subtle pastels shades are used in this tranquil living space.  Image from

pastel country kitchen

The pastel scheme and exposed brick complements the wooden beams in this country kitchen. The butler’s sink and contrasting AGA cooker completes the country aesthetic.  Image from The Kitchn


Who says pastels are purely for nurseries and country kitchens.  The monochromatic rug brings a modern touch to this blue pastel living room to life. Image from Homey Oh My!

Have you decorated with pastels in your home or do you prefer more vibrant or vivid hues? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below……..

About Karen

My name is Karen Hughes and I'm an Interior Designer from Dublin, Ireland. I’m passionate about design and I started this blog as a way to connect with others just as passionate as myself. I tend to ramble on about all sorts of things, projects I’m working on, people, places and things that inspire me (and some that don’t). So put the kettle on, get comfy and settle in. I hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to say hello. Visit my website to find out more about my services and view my work.


  1. Hello there just logged on to your site I’m building at the moment and would love some interior design tips? I’m putting in a very light grey painted kitchen with a white counter top and also a walnut effect island. I was thinking of running a 60×60 floor tile in the kitchen, hall and lounge what colour/tile should I go for? I don’t really want to go with grey as I think this might be too cold in the hall. Do u think a tile with meuted shades would look well? If so do u suggest one with not too much design the work top has small veins of grey going through it.

    Regards Joy

  2. Hi Joy, thanks for visiting my site. Without viewing the space it would be impossible to suggest what would or would not work. You didn’t mention your location but if you are based in the Dublin area, please get in touch with me by email at if you would like to arrange a consultation. Good luck with the build. Karen

  3. Thank you for this wonderful design. It has bold bright colors, and simple but elegant. This design is good for my family, my kids will love this.

  4. Glad you enjoyed it Catherine

  5. Thank You so much Karen !!! Whenever i am searching for any new interior design concept the first priority is yours. I know that i will always get a useful information anytime when i visit your blog. once again thank you so much for this informative post !!!!!

  6. Thanks for visiting and for your lovely comments Emma. Happy New Year to you.

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