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74% Of Homeowners Want A Pastel Kitchen – Here Is How To Design One 

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Brenda Nyawara

Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.
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Throughout the years, most homeowners have gravitated towards minimalistic colour palettes such as beige and shades of grey. However, according to recent research conducted by Magnet, a whopping 74% of respondents said they want a pastel kitchen. Over 80% of brits believe that colour impacts your mood and welfare, and so it’s therefore advisable to surround yourself with pleasant colours that can lift your spirits, brighten your day and provide you with optimism. 

This change seems to have materialised over the last two years, and could be considered a response to the pandemic. With people cooped up inside for longer periods than they used to in the past, many have discovered that their home arrangements didn’t suit them anymore. Besides, during bleak times, you feel like you need all the colour you can get to chase away the low atmosphere. 

Therefore, if you’ve been thinking about adding some pastels to your kitchen, you’re not alone. However, you may be concerned that you’re not going to like the style all that much after you’ve finished redecorating and that, before long, you’ll regret your decision and wish you hadn’t made the change at all. 

But there’s no reason to worry. Pastels are surprisingly versatile, meaning that the design won’t get out of style and feel outmoded the next season. Moreover, you’ll fall in love with the peacefulness and tranquillity that come with the design, and you’ll actually start wondering why you haven’t made the change earlier. 

Here are some styles and arrangements you can keep in mind when you redesign your kitchen. 

Pink and green

As with all interior decorations, you need to decide on the type of colours you want to use. It’s important to be as cohesive as possible to create a harmonious ensemble and achieve the calming, healing vibe you’re looking to get. In order to achieve this, you can either choose a monochrome design, in which all items are in the same colour and only the shades differ, or go for different colours that go well when put together. 

A popular choice is millennial pink, the balmy, delicate shade with the hex code #F3CFC6. While this type of pink is particularly associated with late 2010s fashion, it is also perfect for interior compositions. Signifying youth and innocence, a pink kitchen will fill you with joy the moment you lay eyes on it. You can mix the light shade with a wooden table and chairs, for a pleasant contrast. 

But if an all-pink kitchen would make you think more about candy floss than the peace and quiet of home, the good news is that you can mix and match. One of the best options is mint green. If it doesn’t sound very good, just picture a retro pink fridge with a green wallpaper in the background. The contrast is perfect, as the colours don’t clash but also none of them is muted. 

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Anyone seeing this combination would be able to focus on both items and not fixate on one to the detriment of another. If you’re interested in interior design, you know that no piece should overshadow others. Instead, they should be complementary.

To create this charming atmosphere, you may need to find replacement kitchen doors to fit into your new design. When you order new cabinets, be sure to choose something made from high-quality materials that’s going to last you a long time and which is resistant to abrasions and stain-resistant. After all, even if you’re changing your kitchen for design purposes, you must still keep in mind that it’s still a place that must serve a practical purpose. When you choose cabinets from a trustworthy brand, you don’t have to compromise on either looks or functionality. 

Retro energy 

When you think of pastels in interior designs, your mind is probably going to the kitchens of a few decades ago. Either your parents or grandparents likely had something reminiscent of that, and the idea of bringing that same energy in your own home can fill you with nostalgia. Even if your appliances are as high-tech as they come, pastel colours will create a retro atmosphere.  

One of the biggest advantages of a retro design is that the furniture is smaller and more compact, meaning that your place will seem lighter and airier. Another feature you can utilise if you’re ready for bigger scale renovation work is to make use of natural light as much as possible. Wide windows can achieve that effect and help make the colours you choose for the kitchen even prettier. 

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For instance, pale blues or lilac tones look really sophisticated and eye-catching, particularly if you use them on old-school glass cabinets where you can display fine china and porcelain items. However, when you ensure that your kitchen is getting plenty of light, you also ensure that it doesn’t end up looking stuffy or overly formal. And if you want to take it up a notch, you can look for patterns that were popular during the time. The ones that were popular during the 50s to the 70s are particularly effective and can provide liveliness to the room. 

Original touch

While it’s important to fit within the trends if that’s what you like, you should also try and add your personal touch. After all, this is your kitchen, so it wouldn’t be advisable to just take designs straight out of the pages of magazines without adding anything to them. When you design the space the way you want, it’s going to give you a feeling of accomplishment and it’ll translate in it feeling welcoming and inviting to the guests you have over. 

Pastels are very easy to work with because they’re subtle. Since the design is subdued and understated, it means that you have more freedom regarding the type of furniture and arrangements you want to make. Any type of kitchen will look good in pastels, from the shaker to the more modern, futuristic-looking options, so you don’t have to settle on a certain aesthetic just because everyone else is following it. 

When you’re looking to design a pastel kitchen, it can be difficult to figure out what you want exactly. After all, there are so many options out there. But once you’ve established what you want and made it a reality, you’ll instantly fall in love with the ensemble. 

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Brenda Nyawara

Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.