All a bit girlie for me, so I wasn't sure what I'd make of Selina Lake's new book 'Pretty Pastels' (Ryland, Peters & Small)... and then I opened it.
All images by Catherine Gratwicke and taken from 'Pretty Pastel Style' by Selina Lake, with permission from Ryland, Peters & Small
While there is lots of pink and hand-made bunting (which Selina, admittedly does do very well, even if you're not mad about that sort of thing; for reference, see her last book 'Homespun Style', which I really loved), there are some very modern pastel-themed pages to inspire too.
I love the juxtapositions in this room, above, which takes pastel merely as a starting point and then runs with it. The Art Deco-y table is such a strong design that it could look like a pastiche in a period-matched setting; instead, the modern sofa and clean white walls give it the gravitas it deserves. The blue floral fabric picks up the pink and black, but subtly – which links it to the table and creates cohesion without a whiff of twee. Adding a flash of red in one of the chairs and a cushion also works really well (anyone who ever told you not to mix red and pink... ignore them): this manages not to be overly matchy-matchy, which can look cloying, while hanging together soothingly.