Pastel power! In the ’80s, pastels were anything but limited to kids’ rooms. In fact, they were a popular choice for living rooms. Think pink and purple sofas, ceramics in soft hues, and lots of pillows. Since it’s spring, I thought I’d round up a collection of 1980s interiors featuring an abundance of pastels. Above we see a vignette from The Lighting Book by Deyan Sudjic, while below we see the power of repeating pastel motifs in a living room from The Decorating Book by Mary Gilliatt:
Apparently you could never have too many pillows. Below we see them on a window seat under blue and green Roman blinds [from The Mary Gilliatt Book of Color]…
And here’s one more shot from the same book…again, with the pastel pillows! What have we learned so far?!
Then again, pastel vases that accentuate the room’s pastel carpeting also get the job done. And yes, the curved living room seating is meant to match the carpet. [photo from Metropolitan Home: Renovation Style]
The key to giving pastels a modern spin (in the ’80s and today)? Own them! Use them boldly. This can mean incorporating a BUNCH of them, covering every surface in them, or juxtaposing them against a white background. It doesn’t hurt to avoid frills. But dreamy fabric is OK… [photo from The Mary Gilliatt Book of Color]
Here’s to soft hues, cushy fabric, and lots of comfy pillows! XOXO, Kate