Color, Design + Decor

Springtime Hues: How to Decorate with Pastels

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Michael Jacob


Spring has sprung!! And I couldn’t be more excited. I’m definitely a warm weather, get outside kinda gal. I also love color, and isn’t that what springtime is all about…beautiful color with soft pastel shades leading the pack? Think cherry blossoms, pink tulips, blue hydrangeas, peach roses, lavender snapdragons…and of course Easter eggs!

But how do you use soft, pastel shades in your home in a sophisticated, not overly sweet way?

Here are 4 ways to bring springtime inside:


Pair Pastels with White

Pairing pastel colors with crisp whites is a sure way to make them the focus of attention. In both of these spaces, soft pastel shades, such as lavender and light blue, are used as eye-catching, but not overwhelming accents. (For more ways to use lovely lavender at home, click here).

In these two rooms, white again grounds the space by wrapping it in calm, allowing a mix of pastel and brighter hued furnishings shine.

Designer Unknown | Via Brit + Co


Design by Poonnam Khanna | Via 6sqft


White can also be used as the pop in a room filled with pastel shades.

(left): White bedding is like a cloud in this perfect peach bedroom. Love that the designer continued the peach onto the ceiling.

(right): The white sofas in this neutral space are the perfect ground for the soft green pillows trimmed in white.

Emily Kates Design (completed when Kates was with Kendall Wilkinson Design)


Chartruese green is one of my favorite spring colors. This dining room, with its gorgeous green and white chairs and fantastic artwork against the backdrop of the crisp white walls is a vision. (Read more about decorating with green here).

And I love the simple but beautiful chartruese green windows panels in this living space.

Designer Unknown | Photo by Tony Vu | Via One Kings Lane


Like a moody rooms better? Pastels really pop against a dark background.

Designer and Source Unknown


Designer Unknown | Via A Glass of Bovino


Go Glossy

High gloss or lacquered walls, ceilings and cabinetry take pastels to a whole new level of loveliness. Here are some beautiful examples of glossy goodness. (Read more about why we love lacquer here).

How brave are you? Designer Amy Lau went all in by painting the walls, trim and ceiling the same beautiful blue in this awesome room. (Read more about painting everything the same color here).

Design by Amy Lau | Photo by Thomas Loof


Have Fun with Wallpaper

There are so many awesome wallpapers on the market today. Covering your walls with a fantastic paper is an easy and fun way to bring the colors of springtime inside. In both of these spaces, lavender is the pastel of choice.

(left): Gracie Studios really knows how to do traditional florals the right way. How gorgeous is this lavender paper?

(right): Don’t forget the 5th wall when decorating your home. Check out the  amazing hand painted ceiling in this show stopper of a bathroom wrapped in another beautiful lavender paper. And that tub! (For more fabulous 5th wall ideas, click here).

Design by Mary McGee


More florals, but a little more contemporary…and used as an accent instead of on all the walls.



Design by VizLine Studio


Maybe you want to go all out floral. Here’s a pastel mural that definitely makes a statement. (For more bold floral wall ideas, click here).

What could be more springtime than soft, sunny yellow? (Read more about decorating with yellow here).

Design by Miles Redd


Design by Lauren Lowe | Photo by Brian Woodcock



Adding subtle soft color touches in furniture, art and accessories is a great way to dip your toe into pastel waters. Once you know what you like best, you can then venture into a more permanent use of color on cabinets, bath tile, wallpaper, furniture and walls.

(left): We chose this lavender sofa for our client’s home office to give the space a color pop.

(right): Even though this is a commercial space, I had to include it for it’s stellar use of pastels. Sugar crystals inspired the design of Shugaa, a dessert bar in Bangkok, Thailand. Pastel colors, wood and rose gold were used throughout the space.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Alise O’Brien


Design + Photo by Party/Space/Design


(left): As enticing as a candy store, this breakfast room is an explosion of pastel hues. And don’t miss the awesome light blue trellis pattern painted on the floor, too!

(right): Minty green tiles give this bathroom a spa like feel.

Design by Kemble Interiors | Via House Beautiful


Designer Unknown | Via LivSpace


(left): This beautiful handwoven rug with its pastel swirls of abstract shapes is art underfoot.

(right): There’s no place like home in this colorful interior designed by Lisa Mendes. Love the “Dorothy” art, and the shimmery silver metallic grasscloth wallpaper by Thibaut is the perfect backdrop for all the pastel pops in this space.

Design by Lisa Mende | Photo by Emily Followill


So what do you think? Have we appealed to your softer side with pastels? Or do you prefer a bolder brush stroke? We love all colors at Marcia Moore Design. Give us a call at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to send us an email if we can help you find the perfect color palette for your home.

By the way, we’re back running full speed at Marcia Moore Design, but if you still prefer to work virtually, we understand and can do that, too. Whatever works best for you and makes you the most comfortable is great with us.

Stay safe and healthy,

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