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Pastel Power – How to embrace the pastel trend in your kitchen

Picture a vintage kitchen and pastels immediately spring to mind. Delicate pinks, powder blues and pale yellows were a popular 1950s kitchen trend and now the retro pastel style is back in fashion.

Pastels are perfect if you want to inject some colour into your room without being too bold or overwhelming. These light and airy shades are subtle, but eye-catching and allow you to have fun in your space and bring a wow factor to the room.

Whether you choose one shade or decide to mix and match, pastels are a great choice for country-style kitchens or open-plan spaces. Yellows, greens, blues and soft neutrals work with all kitchen ranges and the colours from Wren – including Ascot Blue, Sea Foam Blue, Sage Green, Mushroom, Chiffon and Gardenia – will create a warm and welcoming space. For a fresh-looking room, a pastel kitchen makes perfect sense.

Shake it up

A Shaker kitchen is much loved for its versatility. A highly functional, yet luxurious kitchen, it can be anything you want it to be. From edgy and modern to grand and elegant, you can make it your own.

For a natural look, a Shaker Forest kitchen with its woodgrain finish in soft neutrals will create a calm and serene space. If you want a design that won’t date then the Infinity Plus Shaker Classic in Sage Green creates a timeless design. Or for a true retro vibe, a Shaker Classic in Jelly Bean blue makes a vibrant statement.

A country feel

The subtle tones of pastels perfectly complement the delicate design of a Country kitchen in Cashmere. The result is an elegant yet welcoming choice for the heart of your home. Complete the rural look with antique- effect knob handles or wooden worktops and embrace any original features of the room such as distinctive wooden beams. Framed Country Ermine doors in Cloud Blue and Xena Quartz worktop complete with traditional cup handles produces a charming kitchen bursting with character. A traditional Aga perfectly complements pastel shades.

Keep it modern

A minimal, fuss-free kitchen sits perfectly with pastels. Associated with soothing, tranquil vibes, it’s the ideal colour palette if you’re after a kitchen that’s stripped back to control the space. Whether you opt for one shade or a mix of pastels, it will create an oasis of calm.

If you’re short on space then Infinity Plus Milano Ultra units are stylish and compact and great for galleys and tight spaces. If you’re worried that a pastel colour would be overpowering in the space then opt for neutral cream. Alternatively team the dominant colour with gold profiles or a feature wall to bring some light to the look.

Make pastels work for you

There are lots of pastel shades to choose from and complementary accessories. Here’s our top tips for pastel perfection…

Colour Choice
  1. Blue and green – both key colours at the moment, the soothing palette echoes our desire to be closer to nature and creates a calm kitchen ambience.
  2. Lavender and lilacs – a great way to liven up your kitchen. A dark wooden worktop will complement it beautifully. Create balance by keeping the rest of the design neutral but add touches of purple with artwork or on cushions to finish the look off perfectly.
  3. Pink – will definitely make an impression but choose your shade depending on whether you’re after an all-encompassing look or a more subtle one. Match with white worktops or make a statement with a pink island.
  4. Yellow – neutral yellow will bring cheer to your room. Team with a white worktop for a cool contrast and pendant kitchen lights to create a relaxing atmosphere in the room.
Pairing pastels

Mixing pastels together or matching one with another colour not only works really well but it will add another dimension to your kitchen. If you want to make a statement, Shaker Classic units in pastel Mushroom and dramatic Castle Rock will do just that. For a creative, yet timeless look, colour-blocking is the way forward. Incorporate units in two different pastel colours or style different tones on the walls using paint and tiles.

Finishing touches

Pastel-coloured units team really well with luxurious worktops, such as granite. Chalky shades mixed with opulent textures create a unique and sophisticated space. Units in a bright pastel shade work best against neutral colours and materials. Pair pastels and wood together to create a modern country feel.

Powder blue units paired with white flooring and wooden worktops create a calming, coastal vibe. To accentuate the pastel colour in your kitchen choose dark-coloured accessories for a cool, contemporary finish and add metal, gold and brass for flashes of light.

How Wren customers do it

Pastel perfection

Danielle’s choice of colour is pure pastel perfection. With the help of her Wren kitchen designer Rachel, Danielle has chosen Infinity Plus Shaker Chelsea units in fresh green Apple Fizz with a smooth Ermine finish. The show-stopping colour contrasts perfectly with the crisp white worktops, gold handles and yellow accessories to make this a pretty yet practical kitchen to cook and socialise in.

Keeping it original

The Country Ermine units in subtle Sage are the ideal choice for this traditional space and make the perfect partner for the Xena Quartz worktop in Treviso white. The beautiful and calming traditional kitchen embraces the original features of the room, including distinctive wooden beams. The look is completed with a charming combination of antique-effect knob and cup handles

A rosy glow

Lorna has created a sunny rosy glow in her kitchen thanks to her pretty blush pink units. The Infinity Plus Shaker Classic units in beautiful Rose matt with a soft-touch Ermine finish subtly contrast with the crisp white worktop to make this a cute, pristine and calming space. Sarah Brushed brass handles help the glow continue and the wooden bar stools add a touch of tradition in this charming modern room.

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