Once a colour scheme that was strictly refined to babies’ nurseries, pastels have come a long way. Even though they are still a popular choice for children’s rooms, they have shown that they can be equally dashing when used for mature spaces like living rooms, bedrooms, even studies and home offices.
And that brings us to the heart of the home: the kitchen. Since pastel colours have so many benefits (they are soft and soothing, they are available in a multitude of options, they are versatile, and they can be quite neutral when necessary), why not try them out in your cooking space? One of the reasons for pastels’ popularity is their ability to flaunt an ambience of relaxation. And who doesn’t want to keep calm and tranquil while chopping veggies, stirring sauces and handling sharp objects?
Plus, using pastels in a kitchen also has the extra advantage of making guests who enter your culinary zone stop dead in their tracks and start admiring your ability to make a soft and “baby” colour work in a grown-up space
Thus, we present these pastel kitchen ideas to inspire you…
A surprising touch of bright colour in an otherwise neutral or monochromatic space never fails to impress. The same thing happens when you replace said bright colour with a pastel hue, only the effect is much softer and soothing.
This country cooking space shows how magical the effect can be. A soft sea-green tint ensures that the kitchen island becomes the focal point of the kitchen, making that cool blue hue pop against the room’s creamy-and-wooden palette.
homify hint: If you’re not quite ready to commit to a permanent fixture in your kitchen flaunting a pastel tone, then choose a pastel for another permanent structure, like cabinetry. These can be repainted quite easily should your choice of pastels not work in terms of visual aesthetics. Another idea would be to introduce a single splash of colour in the form of smaller or removable items, like a pendant light, artwork, a rug, or window treatment.
Similar to the smashing love affair between pastels and neutral hues, so visually striking can the results be when pairing up pastel tints with textured surfaces.
Here, a dreamy butter-mint hue becomes even more striking thanks to those warm wooden surfaces of the countertops adding a contrasting colour. Pure proof that wood, in all its natural glory and various looks, can indeed work with any colour under the sun.
Why not add even more character to your choice of pastel with pattern? This open-plan kitchen opted for a neutral palette for the cooking area, while the dining zone becomes the focal point. The reason? Undoubtedly that cloud-grey splash combined with a Moroccan motif, ensuring some visual character.
Just remember that, should you want to go bold with patterns, stick to pale, subtle colours so you don't overwhelm the space.
No list of pastel kitchen ideas would be complete without mentioning one of the most popular options: baby blue. And there is certainly no getting away from its icy elegance.
Although some people might find it too chilly, this example shows how it can offer a certain vintage class. Teamed with off-white marble and neutral tile flooring, the result is a crisp look that is simultaneously timeless and charming.
Pale pink and white/off-white is a classic colour combo that provides a perky, refreshing palette for not only a girl’s bedroom, but also the kitchen.
But look closer at our example above – that cotton candy pink splashed across the walls is also flaunting a slight pattern, ensuring the pastel gains some extra attention
Want to make a bold style statement in your kitchen? Instead of letting your cabinetry have all the fun with pastels, inject an extra pop of character in the form of a coloured appliance.
No, it doesn’t have to be a retro throwback to the 1970s with those vivacious appliances clad in bright orange or yellow, but can be much softer and appealing as this ice-blue stove proves to us.
homify hint: For a high-impact look, select a complete suite of appliances (including countertop gadgets) in the same pastel shade.
We are certainly not bullying you into cladding your entire kitchen in pastels. If you’re still a big fan of natural materials and neutral colours, then try neutral-hued cabinets and appliances paired with a striking backsplash, as this example is showing us.
Even a tiny tint of a pastel hue (which come with such delightful names like magic mint, bunny’s nose, butterfly blush, etc.) won’t fail to pep up your kitchen.
Can’t bear the thought of looking at one more beige or cream-coloured kitchen? Choose a base with a hint of barely-there colour instead. The result, as shown in our example where spring bud green pairs with white, will be soft and inviting, plus will add visual interest.
Remember that super-subtle pastels work well with just about any colour, so you won’t be limited for choice when selecting furniture and decor to complete your scheme.
homify hint: Pastels are perfect if you wish to add colour and a dash of personality to a compact room. While more vibrant hues do pack a stylish punch, they can also make the area appear smaller. Pale shades add character and a hint of colour while keeping things light and open.
If you’re just experimenting with pastels (and/or are renting), start small. Opt for furniture- and décor pieces flaunting a pastel look and start bringing those into your neutral-hued kitchen one by one.
Here, these bar stools in a zesty lime pair deliciously with dark greys and shiny stainless steel.
homify hint: Should you want to paint a piece of furniture and have a specific colour (pastel or otherwise) in mind, remember that many paint shops now offer a colour matching service, allowing you to get the exact shade you desire.
Don’t forget about your kitchen’s hardware and how they can complement those pastel hues. Here, a dash of gold spruces up the knobs, pulls and faucets, and keeps that tranquil blue/green tint of the cabinets from seeming too nursery-like. Instead, the result is fresh and sophisticated – perfect for a kitchen!
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