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Pastel aesthetic: how to use pastel colours at home

The Danish pastel aesthetic has taken Instagram by storm and here we show you how to use these photogenic pastel colours at home

Pastel home office via Pinterest

From shelfies to sunset lamps, Tiktok, Pinterest and Instagram have brought up some of the biggest interior trends of the past few years. One trend that’s been on the rise recently is the pastel aesthetic, also known as the Danish pastel aesthetic, and we are fully on board this bright and playful interior style.

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The pastel aesthetic look is made up of funky candles, gingham prints, checkerboard designs, colourful wall collages and curvy accessories, reminiscent of the wacky styles of the late nineties. What’s especially great about this trend is that you don’t have to completely makeover your home to achieve the style, just invest in some of the key accessories and you’ll nail it!

Have a gander at our pastel aesthetic ideas below, and check out our must-haves for the pastel interior trend, from shell lamps to colourful crates.

Danish pastel aesthetic

Pastel living room inspiration

Pastel aesthetic living room (via Pinterest)
Photo: Saint Colours via Pinterest

Living room in need of an uplift? Inject some colour with pastel homewares such as a statement gallery wall, bougie candles and cosy accent table lamps. The more the merrier too, so don’t shy away from mixing multiple colours and patterns.

These quirky pastel accessories will help to create a stylish coffee table set-up too. By showcasing photography books, trinket trays and vases filled with flowers you’ll be able to make a showstopping centrepiece in your lounge.

Pastel coloured living room (via Pinterest)
Photo: Houzz via Pinterest

The pastel aesthetic doesn’t have to be all about accessories though! You can experiment with the trend through soft furnishings too, like these candy-coloured throw cushions. Or how about a statement pastel coloured rug? This will instantly add a burst of brightness to your living space.

Plants and flowers are two other easy ways of bringing the pastel trend to your home; fill a vase with fresh roses or tulips, or for something longer lasting, go for a dried bouquet which will stand the test of time. Luscious green houseplants also look great alongside pastel colours, such as baby pink and soft yellow shades. It’s an excuse to buy a cute plant pot too!

Pastel dining room inspiration

Danish pastel aesthetic dining room (via Pinterest)
Photo: Pinterest

You can dine in style at home with the Danish pastel aesthetic. Recreate the glamour of a chic restaurant with velvet dining chairs, terrazzo counters and marble top surfaces. Pastel pink or raw plaster walls make a great canvas for pastel furnishings to shine.

We love the creative squiggly painted door frame, which is a great DIY project to try at home, and adding unique light fixtures also adds to the playful feel of the room.

Rainbow wall mural (via Twitter)
Photo: ciaraturnerart via Twitter

Sometimes little things go a long way. A feature wall, like the hand-painted mural above for instance, transforms a standard dining room into a show-stopping, Insta-worthy space.

If you don’t fancy getting the paints out, not to worry. You can incorporate pastels into your dining room in a myriad of ways. Take the adorable heart plates above, they’re an easy way of refreshing your dinner table and they tie in well with pastel candles and sugary pink velvet chairs.

Pastel office inspiration

Pastel home office via Pinterest
Photo: Joyfice via Pinterest

If your home office is looking a little lack-lustre, a pastel makeover might just be in order. Surrounding yourself in colour has actually been shown to boost mental wellbeing so having a colourful office could do wonders for your motivation, as well as your home decor!

Take the test and put up a wall of stimulating art prints and introduce colour and patterns to your desk and see if you feel the difference! If you’re worried about colour overload, try a bold and bright desk lamp or one statement work of art behind your desk.

Pastel bedroom inspiration

Ruffled Cotton Duvet Cover in Sage Green, from £27.21, Banjara Bazaar
Ruffled Cotton Duvet Cover in Sage Green, from £27.21, Banjara Bazaar

Pastel hues are perfect for bedrooms; the washed-out, soothing shades are great for creating a relaxing space to unwind in at the end of the day. For a quick fix, refresh your bedding; we love the ruffled bedding set above which can be easily adapted to a range of bedroom styles.

A vase of flowers next to your bed and a colourful collage on your wall are also staples of the Danish pastel style bedroom. Colourful crates as storage, quirky bedside lights and wavy candles should be added to your wishlist too!

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Danish pastel aesthetic homewares

Nail the pastel trend with these key accessories – who could resist a shell lamp and squiggly photo frame?! Lizzie McGuire would approve.