Utopia    Ideas 09 Apr 2018
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Love springtime shades? Our Monday moodboard will give you all the pastel inspiration you need!

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It’s the first day of our official Pastel Week and where better to start than with a magnificent moodboard packed full of inspirational colours, looks and style ideas.

The key colours

One of the simplest way of integrating pastel colours into your space is by opting for simple, white furniture – whether in the kitchen or bathroom – and painting your walls with pretty pastel hues. For simple serenity select just one sweet springtime shade to colour your walls; or, if you’re a fan of the bright and bold ‘candy shop style’ mix and match colours, selecting two or three shades and painting walls alternately.

Though there are a huge range of pastel colours on the market, three of our favourite tones are from Farrow & Ball: Cooking Apple Green (light and fresh, but with a zingy edge, this subtle green hue will add a natural look to your home); Middleton Pink (it’s the classic ‘Bake Off’ beautiful colour! To add a feminine touch to your scheme this is the perfect choice); and finally, Blue Ground (this slightly more modern take on pastel tones will help add a contemporary edge to your pastel scheme). Farrow & Ball | farrow-ball.com

The tiles

British Ceramic Tiles’ Eau de Nil wall tiles [bottom right] from the Laura Ashley collection boast a beautiful green-blue hue, a high-shine finish that will help reflect light around the room and a slightly uneven texture that will add depth and a rustic twist to your scheme. Plus, they work beautifully paired with wooden furniture!  British Ceramic Tile | britishceramictile.com

Tile Mountain’s Cracquele Fresco wall tiles are crafted from ceramic with a luxury gloss finish and boast a beautiful blue hue – reminiscent of spring skies and fresh, sunny days. An ideal partner for cream, this classic colour combination will work well with shaker-style cabinetry and traditional country kitchens. Tile Mountain | tilemountain.co.uk

 The looks

Duravit’s double vanity is finished here in a beautiful high gloss blush pink-style shade. The dark grey wall, behind, gives it a modern twist and balances the masculine and feminine influences; while the ultra-contemporary mixer taps in a rose gold finish, work well to add warmth to the scheme and offer an eye-catching focal point. Duravit | duravit.co.uk

 The wall-hung cabinetry in this Sigma kitchen is finished in a Soft Lack Ginster and, against the backdrop of the surrounding crisp white cabinetry, truly demands attention. The matt finish and open storage shelves keep the scheme fresh and modern, while the scattering of accessories makes the kitchen feel warm and inviting. Nolte Kuchen |nolte-kitchens.com/en/

The ‘do’s and don’ts

We spoke to style expert, Paul O’Brien at Kitchens International, to find out the key ‘dos and don’ts’ when working with pastel colours…

Do’s

“Pastel blue is particularly in for 2018 as you can have a shade that is soothing yet crisp, restful yet fresh. Green is also popular with its connection with nature and things natural.”

Don’ts

“Don’t go for anything too contemporary as these colours will go out of fashion; muted pastels in mustards, ochre and greys are in at the moment and since they’re muted colours they will look good for a long time without looking out of fashion in a few years. You have to live with your kitchen colour every day so it’s important it’s something you like but don’t act on a whim.”

Kitchens International | kitchensinternational.co.uk

Keep an eye out! We’ll be posting more inspirational schemes, pretty pastel products and expert advice tomorrow, on day 2 of our official Pastel Week!