Home decorating with soft colors can be both beautiful and functional. If done in doses it works well for any age and style of home. If you love serenity and a relaxing vibe I have some ideas, photos and products that might inspire you to give it a whirl!
My living room (above) is always washed in light with the big bay windows facing east. The walls in our home are painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove and allow my love of pastels to be changed out seasonally. Blush and washed blue play beautifully in the modern upscale family homes below. Don’t feel that home decorating with soft colors has to be dowdy and old fashioned! Think…pillows, throws, rugs, books, jars and of course don’t forget the flowers. Scroll to the bottom because I have some pretty sourced pieces to share!
5 Tips For Home Decorating With Soft Colors
- Go with a neutral ground as your background paint color. White is always easy on the eye and won’t be quickly dated like the “color of the year” will.
- Choose major furniture pieces in neutrals as well. From transitional to modern, you’ll find a sofa and chairs in every price range that will stand the decorating test of time.
- Start small with subtle changes if you are just transitioning from a bold palette. Add in a few inexpensive pillows or a throw in sun washed grey or blue.
- Layer and give your room dimension with textural objects. A wicker chair with a cushion in a soft color makes a room feel alive and light.
- Add a rug with soft colors that will not only ground your room but act as a painting does, giving interest.
Using all of these tips, or just a few will make a difference and keep your room pale…but interesting! The rooms that I’ve highlighted below are have different style aesthetics but are in keeping with predominantly pale tones.
Many of today’s modern bathrooms are done in white tones. They look clean and fresh with white subway tiles, carrara marble or quartz countertops and either gold or chrome accents. A dash and splash of color with pastel towels or wallpaper can keep white bathrooms from looking sterile.
Sunkissed colors in beautiful kitchens and with fresh flowers and pastel dishes. Remember that none of these items are permanent fixtures! Home decorating with soft colors again achieved in these kitchens for a brief interlude to change over time.
Home decorating with soft colors in the bedroom is perhaps the most simple way to let your feminine side shine. A new throw mint throw or some blush pink pillows are non- permanent stopgap objects and “he” shouldn’t mind.
I’ve gathered a large grouping of favorites and (with the exception of one item) they are ALL FROM TARGET! SCROLL and CLICK on any of the images below to get the product information and pricing. You know that you’ll always find great deals at Target, and many of these items are on sale.
Pretty inspiration Janet. I tend to stay neutral with tans, ivory and beige. I add pops of color using many deeper French colors
Have a super day
Sounds beautiful Cindy!
linda of no.cal. says
Luv soft pastels. So pretty?.
So glad that you do Linda!
Hey Janet! Beautiful images and inspiration! Love those soft blues, greens, and blushes! Absolutely swooning over Courtney’s images! That table though! I also love the rugs you shared! So beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows says
This is beautiful in my eyes, Janet! Light and bright with soft colors is my go-to these days too. We are really enjoying the way it makes us feel. Here in Texas (like your Florida) we don’t have real fall or extreme winter. These colors are perfect for us and can be warmed up when needed. Love!!
Thanks Stacey! I’ll be honest that I wish we had some cooler weather down here, but with climate change that doesn’t happen as frequently as I remember it in the past. xo
Carol kennedy says
Hi Janet love you blog, please tell me where I can purchase the Pink Pompom throw just love it
Hi Carol…thank you so much! Unfortunately I don’t have a link for something like that but saw that Steinmart carried something similar.
I enjoy the look of soft colors but really only do this in the spring for awhile. Husband thinks it is to victorian looking so we tend to go darker.
Karen Dawkins says
We are moving in May and have selected a soft color palette for our new home. I love the paint color names, too. Rainwashed. Sea Salt. They simply sound soothing! I’m excited for our new, softer look. Thanks for the tips to do it even better.
Amber Myers says
I love this room. I would like to decorate with more soft colors. Perhaps I will at some point. Right now, we have darker colors, but it’s mostly to hide the stains from the kids.
i love decorating with soft colors especially for gloomy days like this winter we’re having! i love all the colors you choose- soft pink is my favorite because you add some fun accents like navy and green to give it a fun little spin!
That is beautiful decorating ideas Janet. I love to have white in my home, but do to my kids I am sticking with biage nowdays when they grow up I will change to white.
You could definitely come and decorate my house anytime. My house could definitely use some help in the decorating category LOL. You do a wonderful job. I love all your tips here.
Glenda Cates says
I love that pink and think I will change my Memory Wall for my daughter from Hot Pink to soft pink and my bedroom from a dark Lavender to a pastel purple/ :Lavender.
The inspiration photos are stunning. Love your tips for decorating with soft colors. I would love to at least have one room in my home decorated in this way.
Debbie Sunshine says
Love your ideas for decorating with pastels… so beautiful all of your ideas! You make it so easy! You make using pastel colors look so rich & beautiful! Love your ideas… and I plan to add some of them now for spring time! Thanks!
Dennis Littley says
Pale tones are often easier to relax in. These rooms look very inviting and not at all overwhelming. Very nice!
Marcie W. says
Great tips! Neutral decor is my personal favorite. Our home has a lot of white, beige and tan incorporated throughout.
I love soft colors, especially when paired with some great neutrals! These pictures are seriously decor goals.
I can’t wait until we buy our home. This is the color palette I’m going to use, for sure!
Lisa Martin says
What great tips! Those rooms all look so lovely and airy. Our hose is dark and has very poor lighting, can’t wait to try some of these tips.
Terri Steffes says
I love the soft color pallet. I am using it in my living room but haven’t transitioned that look to the kitchen yet.
I love soft color in home decor. It makes the room elegant and spacious. Your tips are awesome!
Hi Janet! All my life I’ve hated pink. I’ve been doing some thinking about WHY lately. I guess because I could never wear pink, it didn’t go with my skin tone. Plus all the pinks I saw growing up were those garish lollipop pinks. But the pinks you use and some of the even paler blush tones , I find myself being really drawn to. I tend to go withe pale, washed out French blues. And I’m driving myself crazy trying to figure out if my style is French country or modern farmhouse. I just can’t see myself with a white sofa and trying to keep it clean. It just doesn’t seem very practical to me. I love the way the over stuffed ones with the big arms look, but then again I love a leather chesterfield sofa. That bathroom with the white cabinets, marble top, gold round mirrors and faucets is right up my alley! Just gorgeous! I love the French chairs, chests and tables you like so I guess I must be more of a French country lady. You make it look so easy! I’m even liking pink again thanks to you! Enjoy your day tomorrow and thanks for the post! ?
These are all great tips. I’d love to paint my living room a soft colour as it doesn’t get much light and kind of feels claustrophobic at times. I think you may have just given the nudge I needed to give it a go!
So many great ideas. Came at the perfect time as I just moved to a new place.
Jenn @ EngineerMommy says
I definitely gravitate toward soft colors. There’s something calming and relaxing about neutral grays, beiges and blues.
I love all of these soft neutrals! They look so inviting…especially the blush pink room!!
Alex Robert says
Well, I’m fan of darker colors but your tips for using soften colors changed my mind, thanks for the brief info it helped a lot 🙂
I use soft greens as my neutral. All over the house. Accessories bring in seasonal variety.
Nourishes my soul.
Sounds lovely Frances and perfect for the upcoming Autumn season!
Linda Johnston says
Inspiring! Thanks Janet.
Thank you for stopping by Linda!