At every apartment I’ve ever lived in, pastel colors are always my go-to palette when painting the walls. As a perpetual renter with an ever evolving collection of furniture that changes depending on the space, my most consistent (and landlord friendly), design decision I tend to make is to create a soft, fresh backdrop with the perfect shade of whatever pastel color I am into at the moment. Though I lean toward the shades so pale they may be mistaken for white depending on the time of day, I also love deeper, more saturated pastel colors. While there are few things more classic than a crisp white wall, pastels create an unique aura for the space. Whether its warm and romantic or fresh and airy — the space instantly feels more personal and welcoming with a dose of pastel. Here are some of my favorites from the Sneak Peek archives. –Shannon
Image above: Pastel pink creates interesting planes of color in this Swedish home.
Image above: This minty cabinet provides a soft backdrop for the vividly-hued greenery on display in this Oregon home.
Image above: The pale yellow walls of the reception hall in Roseline Lohr’s home provide a sunny welcome for arriving visitors.
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Image above: Another example of pastel’s in Amy and Erich McVey’s Oregon home, this time a beautiful gradient of pastel hues in artwork painted by Amy (her first painting ever!).
Image above: The pale lavender walls, delicate mobile and pale-hued bedsheets in this Finnish home would make anyone feel like they were sleeping in the clouds.
Image above: The soft, silvery green cabinets are the one thing Claire Cottrell didn’t paint white in her California home.
Image above: This lemony-lime wall is the exact color of a margarita, also in Jutta Rikola’s Finnish home.
Image above: Though the exact shade of the walls in this New Jersey home is called Benjamin Moore’s Creamy Beige, it has a decidedly peachy tone in this photo.
Image above: Pastel carpeted stairs in this Welsh home.
Image above: Some pastel accents in Lauren Spencer King’s Los Angeles studio.
Image above: Pastels and metallics marry well in Rachel and Tyler Grace’s New Jersey home.
Image above: Pastel art and textiles add texture to Leah Goren’s Brooklyn home.
Image above: Jenny Brandt’s father painted these pink cabinets in her Swedish home.
Image above: Lavender toile wallpaper allows brighter colors to pop in Kirsten Voortman’s Amsterdam home.
Image above: Peach walls add warmth to the children’s bedroom in Michelle LeBlanc’s Minneapolis home.
Image above: Pastel-hued textiles add texture to a home inspired by nature in Brooklyn.
Image above: A soft blue tone downplays the bold messaging on the wall in this Philadelphia home.
Image above: In love with the pastel colors of London home exteriors, Polly chose a pale blue for her own home.