Danish pastels: modern Scandi decorating ideas with soft shades
Posted on 1st April 2023
When you think of Scandinavian style, what do you picture? Clean, simple lines and an overall neutral aesthetic, right? But if you’re looking to create a fun design, why not put a modern twist on this look with help of some pretty pastels?
So, say hello to Danish pastels (often referred to as Scandi pastels) – an interiors trend which introduces a blend of sorbet shades and classic Scandinavian style to your home. This aesthetic is ideal if you are thinking about giving your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom a refresh for spring, but can be just as lovely anytime of the year.
Do you want to know the secret to using Danish pastels? Use white as a base and then sporadically mix in soft hues, such as muted pinks, yellows and greens.
So where to begin? In the kitchen start with white walls, but then introduce pastels through colourful units, small appliances, crockery or glassware. To embrace this trend in your bathroom, opt for coloured tiles, painted tubs or bold basins in soft shades of pink and green. Or you can create the essence of Scandi style in your bedroom, with clean lines and minimalist furniture, and use pastel hues as the dominant colours – from paint and wallpaper to bedding and cushions.
This modern style also has quirky elements – think maximalist art, asymmetric décor pieces, organically shaped candles, and funky mirrors. However, Scandi sophistication always brings it back to a grown-up look.
The trend uses a mix of different pastel colours in the same tone. However, it’s best to stick to three or four complimenting shades to achieve a cohesive scheme.
So, if you’ve been looking update your rooms, we’ve collected some of our favourite decorating ideas using soft Danish pastels. Ready to get your moodboard going? Then, let’s take a look…