Palette Lust: Chalky Pastels


Oh sweet mercy. Somebody certainly indulged themselves in styling this piece from Elle Decoration UK, and frankly I don't blame them. I myself have been reveling in soft and innocent rose pinks, slate blues, and butter yellows for quite some time now–and this photo series perfectly illustrates how quietly impactful they can be when done right.


There's a clean and modern simplicity here that feels very sophisticated in spite of the youthful spirit of these hues. I attribute it to the restrained product sampling, muted tones (these are quite desaturated examples of our colors), and subtle touches like wrinkles, weathered finishes, and cool lighting. This isn't a newborn's nursery, friends.


I'd happily recreate this look in my own home if I had a stark white backdrop upon which to add touches of sunflower, blush, and sky. To keep it from becoming twee, the lines would stay crisp and the textures would focus on ceramics, wovens, linens, and woods. In other words, imagine the resort wardrobe of a very stylish Swede, and you're right on target.

P.S. This pin and this pin totally hit the nail on the head. I told you I'm into this look lately! Shopping Guide: Gold Marble Salt & Pepper Shakers, Porcelain Bowl, Blue Wire Chair, Yellow Table LampBraided Rug, Conran for Crate & Barrel Bamboo Servers, Stackable Jar Set. Images: Elle Decoration UK.

  • l’atelier du petit parc

    I love these retro colors !

  • Holly Cromer {Blacksburg, VA Photographer}

    Beautiful color palette, I love that bedding in the first photo!

  • lydia {ever ours}

    i need this…like now.

  • Decor Arts Now

    I have a New York apartment in my future, and this palette looks oh so appealing after my Victorian in Westchester NY
    Lynn from Decor Arts Now

  • Sara

    That blue wire chair is exactly what I’ve been looking for for my future dining table! I will be spending the evening searching for how to get a set of 4 in my house.

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    Good post!

  • Rebekah

    Gorgeous! Seriously love that palette.

  • Edith

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  • Air Jordan Flight Team

    These boys have such a great, soothing California vibe (it doesn’t hurt that the lead singer is a cutie)! Thanks for the introduction lady