BlackdogContemporary Living Room, London
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Draw an outlineThink about decorating in pastel shades and you might worry about a wishy-washy result, but follow this room’s lead and the trap is evaded. A black accent in the piping on the cushions, as well as in the wallpaper pattern, is the secret ingredient, grounding the sugary shades. Other elements that make it sophisticated? Geometric pattern, plus soft grey for the upholstery and wallpaper background.
Play with pastelsIf you’ve always dismissed pastels as strictly for children’s rooms, or typical of a vintage decorating style that’s just not you, this room could change your mind. In this geometrically themed scheme, they look grown-up and smart. They’re also a compromise that can please both colour lovers and colour phobics as the original hues are there in pastel schemes, but softened with white, leaving an overall effect that is gentle.Consider using grey with a pastel pink for a modern edge. Here, as well as soft grey, a deeper charcoal as part of the wallpaper motif and piping for the cushions works like an accent shade that keeps the look sharp.
It softens a geometric schemeAnother example of how well peach sits with grey, this living room demonstrates how touches of this warm shade can add an unexpected element to a sharp, geometric scheme and introduce a softer layer. The little slivers of peach in this graphic wallpaper really lift the monochrome design, while the peach cushions and vase add in an extra layer of colour to anchor the scheme.