Originally a SS13 fashion trend, pastels are here to stay to brighten up an already dreary-looking AW13!
Pink A-Line Coat: £535, Red Valentino; Duck Egg Structured Leather Medium Buckle Tote: £590, Sophie Hulme; both mywardrobe. Flounce Flock Aquamarine Shade: £60; Queen of Hearts Pink and White Cushion: £50;
Powder Room Pouffe: £255; Green Frill Cup & Saucer: £22.95, Liberty
In a recent feature, the New York Times asked the pivotal question "come September, how do you pull off sugary pastels without looking like an artisanal ice cream sundae?". Well we think we've cracked it - to keep pastels from looking twee in your French furniture schemes (as well as inside your shabby chic wardrobes!), and to go grown-up with your powder pinks and mint greens, layer blocks of single pastel colours rather than mixing and matching frilly chintzy patterns. Keep patterns to a minimum so that the supersweet colours sing out like sprightly hundreds and thousands against your sophisticated white bedroom furniture.
Just as the catwalks have seen pastels layered with smart neutrals - from camel browns to greys and crisp whites, layer them on and against your shabby chic furniture. Think a sorbet pink cushion like our Queen of Hearts Pink and White Cushion on a linen upholstered French chair, or a beautiful grouping of aqua blue chandeliers hung at different heights against cool white walls and ceiling. A choc chip mint vase atop your natural limed oak Antoinette French dressing table or a stripe of lemon yellow painted onto a French grey wall... delicious!
Chair image: Upcoming stylist Charlotte Love's blog. Top 2 pastel shades: Chemise (139); Gentle Sky (102); Little Greene. Meringues: Meringue Girls. Bottom 2 pastel shades: Whisper (5); Creamerie (42); Little Greene.
Pastel colours are almost edible - from ice cream neapolitan stripes to zesty sorbet zingy shades and the bold 80s pinks and peaches in between. Add flashes of them in unexpected places - whether transforming pieces of traditional French furniture with modern pastel painted legs or drawer fronts - try the pastel palette from Little Greene. Literally edible are these pastel-coloured and flecked stunning little meringues from Meringue Girls - you'll be able to make your own soon with their soon to be released book and impress your guests when they come for cuppa - champagne and pastel meringues are far superior!
Author: Georgia Metcalfe, Managing Director, The French Bedroom Company, purveyors of magnificent French style furniture, French wardrobes and other tantalising delights