Dainty With an Edge: 8 Pastel Living Rooms to Copy

Updated 05/09/19

Dainty and edgy, timeless and on-trend, liveable and elegant all at once, pastel living rooms are the fairest of them all. There's just something about the soft, romantic quality that exudes a simultaneously inviting and sophisticated energy. And though pastels are decidedly distinctive, they also have a lot of breadth and range depending. Whether you need to lighten the mood, introduce contrast to edgy or saturated pieces, or just you feel like going full-on Easter year-round in the living room, blush, lilac, seafoam, periwinkle, sage, and frost will do the trick.

So to make our case, we found eight impeccable living rooms that all anchor their spaces with pastel-hued pieces. Read through for ideas on how to incorporate pastels into your own living room, or simply get inspired by the beautiful interiors below.

In the Pastel Spotlight: Grounded Sage Green

a living room with sage green armchairs
@studioashby
Knoll Pair of Green Bertoia Diamond Chairs
Knoll Pair of Green Bertoia Diamond Chairs $850
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In the Pastel Spotlight: Lovely Lilac and Teal

Pastel living Room
Handelsmann + Khaw

The softness of the lilac rug absorbs the intensity of the turquoise sofa, stark white pieces, and metallic accents. The living room also accomplished a sense of cohesion because everything sticks to the circle motif, from the circular carpet to the bulbous pendant light, modular chairs, and rounded sofa and tables. 

West Elm Lucent Rug
West Elm Lucent Rug $239
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In the Pastel Spotlight: Rich Buttercream Yellow

living room with buttercream yellow sofa
JH Interior Design

If you're decorating with rich earth tones like sage green, oat, and pale seafoam green, introduce some edge with a more grounded color like mustard yellow. The black accent chair is also a nice addition, as it punctuates the deep warmth in the room. When in doubt, opt for brass accents to break up the softer materials and textures in the room. 

Cost Plus World Market Gold Hammered Metal Cala Coffee Table
Cost Plus World Market Gold Hammered Metal Cala Coffee Table $330
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In the Pastel Spotlight: Cheerful Sky Blue

sky blue armchair
Fantastic Frank

The light lavender and pale sky blue hues introduce a welcome sweet side to this living room. The mid-century and Scandinavian roots of the accent piece, coffee table, and rug bring make it feel more laid-back and practical. Together, these contrasting elements create a unique and personalized whole.

Jennifer Taylor Home Lia Mid-Century Modern Sofa
Jennifer Taylor Home Lia Mid-Century Modern Sofa $895
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Doesn't this space feel like a living room in a castle on a cloud? When in this living room, you wouldn't walk, you'd float—probably in a delicate, dramatic silk robe. These sage green chairs flanking the pearly pink marble table are a match made in heaven. These colors are just so in sync. And the romantic, ethereal multicolored and semi-sheer curtains further accentuate their perfection. 

In the Pastel Spotlight: Soft Spoken Pistachio

living room with burnt orange sofa and pale pistachio walls
JH Interior Design

If stark white feels like intense contrast in your otherwise warm-hued living room, opt for a nice pastel shade that still introduces contrast without feeling jarring. We love the barely there pistachio undertones against the burnt orange sofa. 

PPG Timeless Pale Pistachio Paint
PPG Timeless Pale Pistachio Paint $37
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In the Pastel Spotlight: Romantic Dusty Rose

living room with dusty rose chairs
Handelsmann + Khaw

We love how the angular floor lamp and modern marble side table embolden the softer elements of the room, like the blush pink slipcover chairs and white sofa. To create even more depth, the designer chose to work with brass and burl wood surfaces for a one-of-a-kind texturescape. Oh, and the exquisite proportions don't hurt, either. 

CB2 Tri White Marble Side Table
CB2 Tri White Marble Side Table $349
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In the Pastel Spotlight: Ethereal Frost Blue

living room with frost blue chairs
@studioashby

The juxtaposition between the light ice blue velvet armchairs and the more saturated color story in the artwork make this space perfectly balanced. The raw wood materials featured throughout introduce a more relaxed vibe without compromising the sense of formality. There's plenty of dimension and intrigue without appearing chaotic. 

H&M Cotton Velvet Cushion Cover
H&M Cotton Velvet Cushion Cover $10
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In the Pastel Spotlight: Refreshing Mint Green

living room with mint green

This living room makes a strong case for going monochrome with your favorite color. We love the idea of a color block carpet or just an array of furniture that picks up on the various shades of your color of choice. 

Gubi Beetle Lounge Chair
Gubi Beetle Lounge Chair $1476
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