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A modern take on the pastels trend

Forget everything you know about pastel interiors. Here’s the latest take on this popular trend – and it’s here to stay.

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There’s no denying that pastel interiors have become a popular trend over recent years and show no signs of abating.

Once just a mainstay of children’s bedrooms, pastels are now increasingly being used to shape soothing and tranquil interiors and when brought through into your kitchen, you can be sure they will create a space where joy blooms.

From Seagrass to Sky, Lilac Blossom, Washed Cotton and Pilot Blue, our pastel kitchens are playful while oozing elegance and sophistication.

We understand the importance of colour and how it can make you feel, so we’re here to show you how to take these comforting colours and create an elevated aesthetic in the heart of your home.

Keep reading for a selection of beautiful pastel kitchen ideas from our experts.

Use pastels to create a focal point

Season your kitchen space with a dusting of pastel kitchen colour therapy - you can achieve this through creating a pastel focal point.

Through concentrating pastel colours within a certain area of your kitchen space, you can allude to the most favoured part of the hub of your home.

In order to do this, start by choosing the area of the kitchen that you think deserves the most limelight and use a pastel colourway to create a dominant focal point. You may consider doing this through incorporating pastel cabinetry to your kitchen island and contrasting it with fun and playful furnishings or high stools.

Alternatively, you may choose to create a pastel feature wall or splashback using tiles or panelling - this can also help you to integrate texture within your kitchen space.

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Pastels and high end materials

Exude a contemporary and modern feel within your kitchen space by intertwining two-tone pastel shades with marble finishes and worktops, statement metallic gold details, and matt black appliances.

Consider juxtaposing flooring through slicing panelling with patterned floorboards and herringbone wood.

Combine pastels with soft neutrals

Often when people decide to use a pastel palette in their kitchen interiors, they feel that they are beholden to those colours and those colours only. But, this thinking can result in your interiors looking flashy and unrefined.

The secret is to pair pastels with neutral shades to make your interiors look more natural and give them an earthy quality.

For this reason, soft pastel colours are often combined with Scandinavian-style interiors to bring subtle warmth and colour to minimalist spaces.

Choose muted colours like soft browns, greys, creams and taupes for the walls, worktops and flooring to tone down pastels and ensure that the overall look is calming and considered.

Incorporating neutrals into your interior design also enables your pastel accents to take centre stage and be the focal point of the room. Not only this, but pastel shades go far beyond sorbet-hued blush pink, baby blue and lilac.

You can use a colour tint graph to discover a whole new world of muted, masculine pastel tones; these are a great option if you want to gently dip your toe into pastel-coloured kitchen design.

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Elevate with darker accessories

To further accentuate pastel elements in your kitchen, create a contrast by using dark-coloured accessories for a cool, contemporary finish.

Kitchen tools, appliances and soft furnishings in colours like navy, dark grey, forest green and even black command attention and draw your eye to certain parts of the room.

Use elements like our Samsung Freestanding American Fridge Freezer in black as accents with your other dominant pastel colours for a soothing yet fresh ambiance.

You could also try introducing metals, like gold and brass, to add another dimension to your space. It’s all about layering colours to add depth to your interiors and create a whole new mood that is softer and mature.

Mixing pastels

Mixing ice-cream like hues is a playful yet contemporary way to transform your kitchen space into a stylish and cosy setting.

Colour-blocking and mixing pastels brings a real WOW-factor effect to your kitchen space. When implementing colour into your kitchen space, consider combining tonal pastel shades for a fun retro look, full of subtle contrast and interest.

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Pastel country kitchen

Blending pastel shaker cabinets with wooden worktops creates a modern country cottage feel in a traditional kitchen.

Pastel blue cabinets mixed with the warmth of wooden worktops presents an ambient yet cosy atmosphere that feels super inviting. In a country kitchen space, you may consider making the kitchen island the pastel focal point.

Keep it simple

Ultimately, one of the reasons we are drawn to pastels is because they can help us create relaxing and soothing spaces that make us feel good.

Fun as pastel colours are, cramming your interiors full of contrasting colours can look chaotic and muddled.

We suggest incorporating a few key pastel elements into your design, such as our Nova Seagrass kitchen cabinets, a stylish backboard and a rug. Then, focus on a handful of contrasting pieces, like accessories in darker colours or different textures.

By restricting colours to a limited palette and applying them in lighter and darker tones, you can strike the perfect balance between playful and ambient interiors.

Give each piece space to breathe in the room and don’t overcomplicate your design; when it comes to creating modern pastel kitchens, less is often more.

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We hope this blog has given you some fresh pastel kitchen ideas that ooze sophistication and invite joy into your kitchen. For more information on how to use pastels, take a look at our guide to pastels. A Magnet kitchen is better, by design because we first take a moment to consider a task before we begin the task. Discuss your style ideas and needs with one of our friendly kitchen experts, at a free, no-obligation design consultation.