Let’s Talk Pastels

When I walked into Marie Antoinette’s personal Versailles mansion three summers ago, I was stunned by the pink marble, pink drapes, pink china — pink everywhere.

She really had it all figured out when she cherry-picked her signature colour. Just check out her shoes! If you’ve never been to France, you may not realize how much Parisians love their colourful macarons. World-renowned patisserie Ladurée, on fashionable Champs-Élysées, is full of pastel sweets.

Whether they’re here to stay or a seasonal fad, pinks, yellows, blues and greens in the softest of tones are now coming into our homes as they did decades ago.


Once referred to as a thing of the ’50s, soft shades have made a comeback. From mint jeans to sweet pink frying pans, this is by far the most colourful summer I can recall.

Check out the recent runway shows. Pastels are tinting Chanel and Versace collections.

Pastels in all colours have become a crucial part of my summer. Here’s how I’ve fit them in:

I chose this fresh Benjamin Moore paint swatch for my bathroom (left). And here’s the material (right) I just picked out for an antique rocking chair I’m restoring.

At my sister’s graduation party last weekend, I incorporated as much pastel as possible to go with the season. The s’more station was such a hit. I found the pink pewter pots and loaf pans at HomeSense for $8 for four!

See our Soft & Feminine Rooms for more pretty pastels.

Photo credits:
1. Aurorian
2a. Vintage Susie
2b. The Marvan Diaries
3a. Miss Retro’s Blog
3b. Crush Crazy Cute Down
4a. Delightful Dozen
4b. KitchenAid Mixers, Good Food Festival
5. York Vision
6a. Cruise 2012/2013, Chanel
6b. Spring/Summer 2012, Versace
7a. Benjamin Moore’s Jack Frost (729)
7b-8. Floriana Paonessa

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