Colour: pale pastel blue

June 17, 2017 / Colour, DECORATING

How to do colour: pale pastel blue


Pale blue is best when it contains the gentlest hint of green, recalling a shade that was intensely popular in the 1950s. Think washed out tones and Miami pastels. Despite the connotations of such ice-cream colours being a bit weak, this is a supporting hue that will add a serious dose of subtle sophistication to any scheme.


1 Think of it as the ultimate hostess of colours Pastel pale blue can effortlessly pull together seemingly disparate colours. In the 50s these would have been as varied as mustard yellows to bruise purples; today perhaps more terracottas and lemons. A gentle wash over a wall here, a velvet-upholstered footstool there, and a pastel-toned rug underfoot, and suddenly it all comes together. The colour used on the wall here s ‘Ice V’ from The Paint and Paper Library, the quintessential pastel pale blue.

Pastels shoot, first featured in the May 2017 “New Pretty” edition of ELLE Decoration. Styling Louisa Grey; Photography Jake Curtis


2 Or the mellowest of backdrops. Perhaps because it is a combination of many colours in itself, it has the ability to ground many a scheme, and in bedrooms is particularly good as a restful counterpoint to mix and mis-matching elsewhere. The paint used for this wall is Fired Earth’s enigmatically-titled, ‘A Dip in the Lake’!

First featured in the November 2016 “Bedroom/Bathroom Special” edition of ELLE Decoration. Styling Sania Pell; Photography Beth Evans


3 But lovely on it’s own too These sheets are almost over to the celadon end of what we can reasonably still call pastel pale blue. Some might refer to this as Duck Egg blue. One thing to keep in mind though, if you go all cool blue on a bed set as here, don’t be tempted to carry it onto the walls too; there can be too much of a good thing with this shade in smaller rooms! This Washed Cotton Percale set is from the Secret Linen Store.

Delicately blue bedlinens from the Secret Linen Store


4 And to the other end of the scale Here we tip into the turquoise to aqua end of the pastel pale blue spectrum. The difference is, the pastel element keeps the colour soft, almost dusty, and the touch of green is what hints at Miami, rather than the Costa del Sol.

'Sweet' stool in aqua by Gaurav Nanda for Bend Goods, £390.46, Design Relations

‘Sweet’ stool in aqua by Gaurav Nanda for Bend Goods, £390.46, Design Relations


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