Utopia    Ideas 13 Apr 2018

Stuck on where to start? See our experts’ top tips on adding pastels to your kitchen and bathroom…  


Pastel colours aren’t always the easiest to integrate into your kitchen or bathroom space; to make it look fresh and pretty, but not appear akin to the lurid avocado and peach schemes of yesteryear requires striking a tricky balance. Therefore, we’ve teamed up with style experts from across the kitchen and bathroom sector to give you the top tips on how to ace your pastel-inspired scheme…

Kitchen inspiration

Daniele Brutto, Co-Founder of Hub Kitchens, said:

“Pastel colours can really freshen up a kitchen but during the winter months they can feel super cold so you might want to consider using pastel coloured cabinets as a feature in one section of the kitchen. With blue being a really popular trend for kitchens at the moment, baby blue would be a great pastel colour theme to use for some open shelving units, soft furnishings and kitchen accessories. Pastels definitely make a dull poorly lit space far more uplifting, so smaller kitchens with high ceilings would benefit greatly with a pastel theme and the new pale pink, Miuccia kitchen would be perfect.”

Don’t know which pastel colour to choose? Here are some top tips from Kitchens International’s Paul O’Brien:

  • 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.
  • Use shades of grey, sand, beige and cream which are often warmer than classic white.
  • Don’t go for anything too contemporary as they 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 everyday so it’s important it’s something you like but don’t act on a whim.
  • Colour in kitchens will follow fashion but takes longer to change and is more muted.
  • Mix colours to add more depth to the kitchen rather than all one block colour

Beauty and the bathroom

Karen Barcoo, from bathroom brand Catalano, said:

“On trend pastel colours can be incorporated through colour schemes for walls or through ceramics with satin or matt colour finishes.  Soft pinks and powder blues are a popular choice for spring and yellow is perfect for a burst of bolder colour.  To maximise the fresh look of pastel colours, ensure the bathroom has plenty of light.  Matt or satin finishes won’t reflect light in the same way that gloss finishes do so if your bathroom lacks natural light, cleverly designed lighting arrangements is a must.”

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