Kerstin Eser, Plascon Trends Contributor
One word comes to mind when I think of these subdued pastels – ‘Yummy’… a palette that is just SO good to look at, it almost seems edible!
I find this a genuinely calming palette and extremely soothing on the eye.
The retro appeal of these colours brings back a touch of yesteryear. With a few contemporary twists you can easily bring these understated hues into a present-day modern aesthetic.
For me they have an ethereal charm. I can imagine these colours would be the perfect combination in a baby’s or young child’s room. Creating a space with a touch of character, yet not over the top or over-stimulating.
Grounding these colours with a soft grey or muted dirty pink backdrop will make them come to life and give them a modern look. It somehow makes the pastels look more sophisticated without misplacing the sense of fun these colours naturally have.
I have divided them into a couple of palettes as I do feel it is important not to overdo the colour/pastel combinations, and how you marry these pastels together is really important to the mood you wish to create. Using too many together could look messy and too much. What is evident in the images I have selected below is that the pastels are used fairly sparingly against soft grey, pink and white backgrounds. These colours alone say so much in small doses. Little else needs to be added.
I have put together a few mood boards which, hopefully, will illustrate my thoughts.
“Edible Hues” Mood Boards
Soft steely blues Seafoam Mist (G6-D2-3), muted mints Rainforest Dew (G4-C2-3), subdued mustards Saffron Tint (Y5-B2-2) and dirty peachy pinks like Annabell (O7-B2-2), contrasted with a splash of a darker, grey green, Elfin Magic (G3-E2-1). These combinations have the makings of a sensual palette like the one below:
Dove greys Off Shore (EC50), dirty pastel blues like Solo (EC 75), and mints such as Translucent Vision (G2-C2-3), grounded with rich pops of greens, Full of Blarney (G3-B1-2) and deep, grey blues Maui Beach (G7-E1-4), mixed together to create something similar to the palette below:
Soft cool hues, pastel mints Wintergreen Mist (G5-C2-3) and steely blues Twin Crystal (B3-D2-3), with pops of muted greens Her Duchess (G3-C2-1), will aid in creating a look similar to the one below:
Pops of pink Tropical Heat (R7-B1-3), mixed with softer pinks, Pink Marshmellow (R7-B2-2) and lilacs Savanna (R3-E2-3), brought together with a highlights of a strong green, Ground Cover (G3-C1-2) and grounded by the shades of subdued greys, Serious (EC37) and Sterling (EC 39), all set against a subtle dirty pink backdrop Warm Bread (O7-C2-3), these colours married together will create a look like the one below:
Peach, mint and grey blues sound like an ice-cream cone of deliciousness and look like it too.
Bright mints Mint Touch (G4-B2-2), peaches like Fairy Dust (O5-B2-2), baby blues Captivate (B2-A2-3), mixed with more subdued and greyish green Cucumber Flesh (G2-E2-3) and Dried Mint (G2-E2-2), thrown together with a touch of soft grey, Plaster (EC 61) and a slightly darker warm grey, Ravine (EC62), will set you off in the right direction to create this palette below:
I hope this has wet your appetite and has brought you some gentle cheer for the week.
For now, enjoy these beautiful hues until next week when we will explore something new and delicious!