The talented team over at Bemz always get their colour palettes spot on, don’t you think? Their pastel focused scheme inspired this week’s Palette Addict post because it shows how to get a mix of pastel shades right. A chalky blue sofa sits at the centre of the scheme and serves as a stage for the series of sherbet lemon, faded green and dusty pink cushions that sit upon it. By calling on darker tones of these hero cushion colours to grace the more fundamental elements of the room such as the curtains and walls it helps to create a more sophisticated scheme. If all of the shades had been very delicate and soft then the whole scheme would be in danger of feeling saccharine. By foiling these lighter pastels with slightly darker tones in keeping with the chalky finish the scheme feels colourfully grown up and cohesive. Do you decorate with pastel shades in your home? What do you like about this pastel living room scheme?

// Photography by Bemz


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. What a pretty room!! I do like pastels but never really know how to start and when to stop, now I know! Just pick a few of my favourites and used it sparingly!

    thanks for hopping in while having the time of your life in LA! Super jealous here!

  2. Great combination – pastels can sometimes be too sugary and sweet but the injection of the mossy green makes it all grown up. I love the colour of the sofa, it would work with so many other colours as well.

  3. Hi Will, I love the way they had the neutral wall in the living and the yellow behind, it’s quite striking. The chalky blue couch is lovely! Mel x

  4. Very sorbet and summery – hope you had a safe journey back from LA mr. Will, look forward to seeing and hearing more. Ax

  5. This is a very bright/airy happy space. I love the blue sofa taking centre stage – it pulls everything together. I like pastels but in moderation. I like the pastel colours to be highlight/accent colours that add a little colour and style to a room. Too much and it can look a bit wishy washy.

  6. LOVE Bemz! Need to order a new ccover for my sofa, which is exactly the same one as in the pic. I was thinking neutral, but this blue may have changed my mind hon! xxx

  7. Love this colour palette. I like pastels, but I often find them a bit overly sweet. The chalky finish and darker colours really work well. So pretty!


  8. Love this colour palette Will. Dusty pink, yellow and greys are great together. Perfect to cheer a gloomy dark day. Absolutely adore the curtains. x

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.