Sophisticated pastels for living room projects

Prior to the outbreak of a global pandemic, back in September 2019, Dulux named tranquil dawn, a hazy pale green, as its colour of the year 2020.
The soft hue is said to reflect a growing desire to understand what it is to be human at a time when advances in technology are making us feel increasingly disconnected from each other. Fast Forward almost a year and that sentiment have, if anything, become even stronger and reinforced since the changes in our lifestyles that the Covid 19 crisis has brought about. 
Many global surveys have pointed to the fact that the majority of people don’t wish to return to life as it was pre-pandemic. 

They have relished spending increased time with friends and family and the opportunity to reconnect with outdoor natural spaces.  Soft pastel hues such as hazy pale green can create an ambience of calming relaxation within a living space which exemplifies these natural human desires.

Dulux – Tranquil dawn


Looking to the broader palette of pastel tones, colours with grey undertones, help to diffuse colour saturation and make these hues seem softer on the eye.  In lighter versions, these pastels can even act as a neutral foundation for a bolder colour palette that is layered on top.

Muted mint overlaid with cinnamon red @cinnamon_restaurants design by @roisinlaffertykld


As design trends begin to emerge for 2021 there will be some changes to the way that the pastel palette is interpreted and applied: “Pastels are still hugely popular, but I think we’re gravitating towards pastels with added warmth and earthy undertones.  For overall colour palettes, we’re using a mix of both spring and autumnal colours” Young Huh of Young Huh Interior Design. This diversion in tone is already showcased through leading design names and suppliers.  The Rug Society’s Terrazo rug combines dusty pinks and earthy autumnal hues whilst Caffe Latte’s latest mood board is a hazy mix of cappuccino, corndust and taupe.


Rug Society’s Terrazo rug grounding an earthy pastel scheme


Café Latte Moodboard

2020 pastel trends aren’t completely focused on colour, there is also an increased emphasis on texture within a pastel colour palette – layering up of different textures in the same or very similar colours.  From flooring to furniture fabrics through to accessories such as cushions, throws and one of 2020’s biggest interior styling moments, dried flowers.  Curation is everything when recreating this look – from boucle to blush-toned leather – every detail should be considered to determine the perfect mix.

Esora restaurant by Lo and Behold, Tokyo


Concept design by @bronxesstudio


Curved sculptural furniture is also having a huge resurgence, particularly when it comes to upholstery.  Curved sofas and high back armchairs provide a glamorous dimension to a gentle chalky colour scheme.  Organic shapes are calm and restful and build upon the peaceful dynamic of a pastel palette as seen in Koket’s furniture grouping.


Lighting design has also been influenced by all of the aforementioned dynamics and we are increasingly seeing organic shapes blended beautifully against dusty pinks, delicate lilacs and restful taupes.


Concept Design @brabbu


If these soothing pastel palettes and shapes have inspired you to invest in a new piece please take a look at our portfolio of curated brands and bespoke furniture on  Many of our branded items can be made with bespoke fabrics and finishes and with our bespoke furniture service there are no limits to the imagination!

Ana & Renata

We are wives, mums, best friends of 25 years and we share a passion for interiors and furniture design. Despite living in two different countries, we decided to embark on the adventure of creating a business together and we are loving it!


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