Pretty in Pastels

January 16, 2013

Admittedly, pastels haven’t always been a favourite colour palette of mine. There’s just something about pale violet and lilac that makes me feel slightly nauseous…odd, since I named our youngest daughter Lilah! But after keeping a skeptical eye on the mint and peach trends over the past year or so, I think it’s safe to say that I’m coming around to paler hues…excluding those in purple, for now :) I’m especially loving pastels with a modern twist, like this black and yellow room accented with a subtle splash of neon to keep things interesting…

Good Homes via Bright.Bazaar. Photo by Max Attenborough.

Hello Naomi

Photo by Jared Fowler for The Design Files

Valentine’s Day and Spring are the perfect excuse to play with light colours but don’t be afraid to throw in some juicy bold hues for good measure! My middle daughter Sadie’s birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks and she’s decided on a forest/garden/animal/craft party theme with requests for lots of pink and turquoise (and green and yellow and orange) with additions of whatever colour she wakes up loving each morning. Our little artist in the making! Isn’t this tropical table setting gorgeous? Might just be inspiration for her 7th birthday tea party…

Style Me Pretty. Photo by Malia Cano.



Meredith Heron Design. Photo by Donna Griffiths.

Decidedly feminine but what are your thoughts on pastels? Would you swathe your walls in them or enjoy them in smaller doses, like I do? Either way, have a colourful Wednesday :)


1 Linda { 01.16.13 at 12:13 am }

SO beautiful. (Lilac makes me nauseous, too.

2 Birch + Bird { 01.16.13 at 10:35 pm }

Good to know I’m not the only one Linda, although I’ve always thought it to be such an odd reaction to have to a colour! And yet I can’t get enough of the plant Lavender in my garden, ironic :)

3 janis- pinecone camp { 01.16.13 at 12:39 pm }

I’m with you on pastels, reminds me of “after-dinner mints”! I love what you’ve shown here though, especially the Jared Fowler image. Now that, minty green, I could live with!
Hope to see you soon!
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4 Birch + Bird { 01.16.13 at 10:36 pm }

Yes Janis, there’s a fine line between mint green today and the mint and peach bathrooms of 1992 ;)

5 Kristin { 01.16.13 at 12:44 pm }

Love all these color schemes and settings.
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6 Sara @ LiteraryLima { 01.16.13 at 5:00 pm }

Generally I have to agree with you! Pale pinks and blues rub me the wrong way, but your daughter seems to have the right idea by combining them with a host of other, bolder colours to modernize and shake things up! Perhaps she could guest blog sometime. :)
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7 Birch + Bird { 01.16.13 at 10:38 pm }

Thanks Kristin and Sara! And you never know, my seven year old is already planning her career at Spruce Collective so blogging will very likely be in her future ;)

8 juliet { 01.17.13 at 8:45 pm }

Just discovered your blog.. I just love it!! :) Great style and taste!

9 Birch + Bird { 01.21.13 at 9:24 am }

Thanks so much Juliet :)

10 Tors { 01.21.13 at 6:49 am }

I love pastels, it’s the only way I think I’m going to be able to add colour to my home (I’m renovating my 100 year old house at the moment). I tried some bolder colours and as much as I love them elsewhere I just can’t seem to take them myself. Mint green in particular is a favourite of mine, I’m trying to figure out how much I can incorporate without going overboard!
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11 Birch + Bird { 01.21.13 at 9:34 am }

Sounds like such a fun project Tors! Would love to see some before and afters :)

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