Combine pastels with geometric shapes

“Pastel colours are often seen as poetic and romantic. But I like to give them a different mood by combining them with geometric shapes and cool materials, like metals and synthetics.”

-- Heleen van Gent, Head of the Global Aesthetic Centre

Group pastels that are close on the colour chart

“I love grouping pastels that are close in tone, as they create a beautiful, fluid effect when layered one on top of another. Their softness allows me to use them for even the most extreme patterns, without losing their sense of harmony.”

-- Willeke Jongejan, Senior Global Colour Designer

Use pastels to create a neutral decor backdrop

“I’ve found that pastels don’t have to be the centre of attention – they’re great in the background to turn your interior design or decor items into an eye-catcher. I love combining a pastel hue with a fluorescent detail to create a sporty effect.”

-- Marieke Wielinga, Global Colour Designer

Use pastels to transform tired furniture

“Pastels are gorgeous whatever the season – soft apple green for spring, pale butter yellow for summer, oyster for autumn and light sky blue for winter. I transition colour schemes between seasons by painting pastels on pieces of furniture, such as a sideboard or canvas.”

-- Marieke van der Bruggen, Global Colour Designer

Balance a pastel colour scheme with muted, neutral hues

“Just like our favourite treats, sugary sweet pastels are at their best when balanced against more grounded colour combinations, such as silvery grey or dark navy. I like to keep things sophisticated by using accessories with simple shapes and a touch of copper.”

-- Louise Tod, Senior Global Colour Designer