Ever since I can remember, I’ve been drawn to soft colors. Most of my home is decorated in soft, serene hues, with the occasional jolt of vivid color. I think we all have our color preference, whether we love the warm sunny colors of Tuscany, or are more drawn to the cool tones of the sea. I pulled together a few ideas for decorating with soft colors and hope these photos inspire you.
Ah, beautiful Laura Ashley! One of my favorite designers. When I was in junior high I frequently chose Laura Ashley sewing patterns for their soft, English appeal. Even though I was a tomboy, I enjoyed a few girly things. Soft blue and green are crisp and clean in a whitewashed living room.
Bedrooms are the perfect spot for decorating with soft colors because they create a peaceful palette.
Soft green makes an appearance in a farmhouse style kitchen in the form of diamonds on the floor and subway tile on the back splash. Also, did you notice the green glass knobs on the cabinet beneath the farmhouse sink?
Light blue built-ins match the hue of the couch, allowing the eye to easily flow from one end of the room to the other. An oriental rug underfoot adds a touch of richer color and helps to ground the room.
Do you watch “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gaines? If you do, you’ll know that Joanna is a big fan of using shiplap like you see on the walls of this dreamy bedroom. Painted a pale hue, the bedroom beckons you toward a restful night.
I think we typically relegate decorating with soft colors to cottage style rooms. But in this photo, soft blues and peach enhance the mid-century modern look of this stylish dining room.
Pale yellow is almost always a perfect choice for a kitchen. This one wears a bit of sophistication with its dark counter tops and creative use of bead board on the ceiling.
A beautiful pastel living room is reminiscent of a vacation beach cottage. Simple furniture and white walls keep the room looking cool and beautiful. Perfect for summer!
Splashes of aqua populate a cute, cottage kitchen. When you tire of the aqua, simply swap it out for another color!
This gorgeous living room proves that decorating with soft colors can be sophisticated and grown up. Floral prints and an elegant chandelier add feminine appeal.
Soft colors don’t have to look young and girly when used in a child’s bedroom. The plaid blankets keep the room from looking too sweet and frilly – perfect for a young girl who’s growing up.
And finally, one more sunny yellow room that proves decorating with soft colors can be both sophisticated and feminine at the same time. Gorgeous wood floors and a pretty chandelier add drama to the room.
Do you like to add soft colors when decorating your home?