November 30, 2023

24 Pastel Interior Design Spaces That are Oh So Dreamy

In the realm of pastel interior design, pale shades that hearken back to one’s nursery room wallcovering and to the petit fours of afternoon tea have transcended their sweetness. Now trending in eyeshadow shades, loungewear, and, of course, interiors, these colors bring a fresh vibe. Enjoy these 24 scrumptious spaces, each a testament to the charming spectrum of pastel hues in modern interior design.

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published April 12, 2020, and has since been updated to include even more punchy pastel design projects.

Pastel Interior Design Trends Seen Across Residential and Hospitality Spaces

1. The Perfectly Purple Funny Face Bakery by Ringo Studio

Funny Face Bakery's cookie wall painted a pastel shade of purple

Madelynn Ringo’s playful interiors here for Funny Face Bakery, but also seen at the Museum of Ice Cream, and beauty and wellness brands like Glossier and Bala, could be seen to bely her serious credentials: an architectural master’s degree from Yale, dues paid at adventurous firms like SO – IL and fizzy hospitality juggernaut André Balazs Properties, and the launch of her own eponymous studio. Her passion for pastels comes through in Funny Face’s whimsical lilac interiors. Read more about Ringo Studio’s affinity for playful pastel interiors.

2. A French Apartment With Cool and Colorful Interiors

the light green living room of the French apartment of the Claude Cartier Studio founder

The founder of Claude Cartier Studio dreams up a Lyon, France apartment that pays homage to the silk fabrics produced there. Think luscious colors, bold patterns, and rich textures. The living room in particular features an Erwin Olaf photograph, Gianfranco Frattini’s Sesann sofa, and Studiopepe’s Pluto cocktail tables on a rug of her own design, all flanked by pastel green walls and matching curtains. Read more about this dreamy French apartment with colorful interiors.

3. A Wellness Center Inspired by Music Embraces Pink and Pistachio

light pink painted walls are in the sitting area of a wellness center

The center, which specializes in holistic beauty and health treatments, spans a 2,150-square-foot space. Its palette of pink and pistachio offers an updated ‘80s aesthetic, amplified by arched doorways, brass accessories, and terrazzo. A sense of calm is found thanks to its quiet palette. This pastel interior design project is one to remember! Read more about this light and airy wellness center.

4. Blues, Yellows, and Pinks Converge in This Indoor Pastel Playground

an indoor playground with baby blue wallpaper and pastel accents

What better place for pastels than a space meant for playful learning? One of many bespoke features in this indoor playground and learning center, a curvilinear playhouse without walls or a roof, inspires children to use it as a cave, reading nook, or balcony. Daylight filters in through dreamy wallpaper, evocative of Ebru, a traditional Turkish marbling art. Read more about this perfectly pastel indoor playground.

5. Walter Gropius’s 20th-Century House is a Bauhaus Lover’s Dream

a pale yellow bed in a baby blue room

One of only six private residences completed by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius before he left Germany permanently in the mid-1930s, the Auerbach House identifies with a preoccupation of the early Bauhaus: the use of color as an essential element in architecture. Baby blue walls are the backdrop for a sunny yellow platform bed in the primary bedroom, atop a new carpet based on designs by Bauhaus student Gertrud Hantschk. Read more about the Auerbach House.

6. Kissmiklos Decorates a Hungarian Café With Sugar-Sweet Pastels

pastel green interiors in a cafe

Once belonging to a chocolate factory, this café is covered in pastel green paint, even extending to the ceiling that evokes a vintage vibe with its white stripes. Designers wanted the color-scape to nod to popular pastries, like French cakes and macaroons. Read more about the sweet shop’s green pastel interiors.

7. Three Studios Interprets Rococo Masterpiece for Ayla Boutique in Lebanon

a London boutique with light green walls

Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s 1767 “The Swing” is a Rococo masterpiece that not only pushed the boundaries of propriety but, some 250 years later, continues to inspire designers like Nabil Dbouk and Ali Basma of the Lebanese firm Three Studios. The pair looked back to the painting—and to a passion for pastels in the early 20th century—for the interiors of Ayla, a women and children’s apparel store in Tyre, a seaside city in southern Lebanon. Read more about this apparel store.

8. Ludovica+Roberto Palomba and GS Collection Transform a 19th-Century Puglia Home into a Boutique Hotel

a room in a boutique hotel with light green walls

Originally designed by local architect Domenico Malinconico, the 7,500-square-foot, stone-and-plaster ancestral home, now a boutique hotel, comprises two wings flanking a courtyard. Ludovica+Roberto Palomba retained many original elements, celebrating the majestic volumes and their centuries-old frescoes. They stripped away wall coverings, replacing them with gentle washes of blues and celadons inspired by the glorious paintings. Read more about this renovated 19th-century hotel.

9. India Mahdavi: 2019 Interior Design Hall of Fame Inductee

a Los Angeles tearoom with pistachio walls

India Mahdavi‘s interiors embody a similar playful irreverence. In 2017, for the macaron-specialist Ladurée, she created a Los Angeles tearoom akin to a garden of delights, with pistachio-colored walls, icinglike lattice, and tables resembling meringues. Read more about Mahdavi’s playful pistachio-themed design.

10. ELTO Consultancy Provides Room to Explore at a Sprawling Shanghai Kindergarten

a children's playroom with pastel green accents

The Avenue Green Sheshan is ELTO Consultancy’s attempt to blend interiors with the outside environment through neutral colors, natural materials, and open, uncluttered spaces. It’s a departure from the plastic-fantastic rainbow aesthetic often utilized in early-education design. Shown here, painted gypsum-board nooks are designed as rest or shoe-removal areas. Read more about this pastel playroom.

11. Panorama Design Group Creates a Playful Kids Bookshop in Chengdu

a kids bookshop with blue-green pastel interiors

Reading might be fundamental, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be fun. The Kids Winshare bookstore in China’s Sichuan province capital city of Chengdu is no dusty maze of books. Instead, courtesy of Panorama Design Group, the shop is an inviting radius of circular zones orbiting around an engineering marvel of a central dome. Read more about this colorful bookshop.

12. Monteverdi Tuscany by Ilaria Miani

blues and greens in light shades are found in this hospitality complex

Ilaria Miani turned an entire medieval hilltop village into a hospitality complex offer­ing a culinary academy in the former schoolhouse, suites outfitted in furni­ture custom-made on-site, and a jet pool inspired by ancient Roman baths. Read more about this former schoolhouse turned hospitality complex.

13. Organic Design Architecture Studio Shows Off Rebar’s Appeal in a Tokyo Office

a Tokyo office with walls and furniture in shades of blue

Nothing compares to rebar when it comes to creating physical strength as a reinforcement for concrete or masonry. But as the Saitama, Japan-based firm Organic Design Architecture Studio discovered, it can make quite a strong visual impression, too. When asked to revitalize an unused floor in an office building in Tokyo, ODAS architects Hideo Kumaki and Yuichi Tada decided to take advantage of the inherent geometry and elegance of the material. Read more about this blue-hued Tokyo office.

14. Kvistad Gives Digital Studio Bakken & Bæck’s Office a Refresh

Nordic blue walls in an office

Proud of its employee-satisfaction record, digital studio Bakken & Bæck sees itself as one big family. So perhaps it’s not surprising that the company turned to real-life siblings to refresh its offices in Oslo and Amsterdam. To re-energize the tired former industrial quarters, the designers came up with a theme: Scandinavian Spaceship. The firm wrap­ped the entire space in seamless Nordic blue, with six gathering areas adding playful pops of con­trasting color. This project exemplifies the essence of pastel interior design, blending serene color palettes with contemporary styling. Read more about the Scandinavian-inspired space.

15. Shelter by Esoteriko Wins 2019 Best of Year Award for Small Health/Wellness

light neutrals and sunlight fill in this health and wellness center

Feels like a spa, works like a gym. That catchphrase is embodied in Shelter, a multifunctional center occupying a two-story building in one of Sydney’s harborside suburbs. The shedlike structure designed by Esoteriko had to accommodate four distinct programs: exercise facilities, ice baths, saunas, and a juice bar. The firm’s approach was a simple organization of spaces—defined by screens rather than walls for openness but some privacy—with a restrained and carefully considered materials palette. Read more about this multifunctional center.

16. Biasol Thinks Pink for Bubble Tea Shop Ambrosia in China

blushing pink interiors are found in a bubble tea shop

The enduring popularity of bubble tea has proved its frothy appeal won’t pop any time soon. Particularly in China, where Ambrosia, a shop in trendy Shenzhen, enlisted Melbourne, Australia-based Biasol to design a concept as effervescent as the beverage it serves. For a sense of unity, a blushing terrazzo covers not only the floors, but also lower sections of the walls, tabletops integrated into banquettes, and even the front counter. Read more about this bubble tea shop with blushing interiors.

17. Chip, the Long Island City Bakery, is Cookie Heaven

a light orange partition flanks the white and blonde neutral shades in this bakery

If it’s dreamy at Chip, that’s intentional. In addition to the aroma of the freshly baked, famously gooey cookies wafting through the tidy Long Island City bakery, the setting employs blond millwork, creamy marble, curved forms, and ethereal lighting. It’s conceived by the New Design Project. The clouds sprinkled across the cookie tins were translated into a cluster of paper lanterns and rounded arches in the partition separating front and back of house. Read more about this dreamy cookie bakery.

18. Atelier Nuno Architects Reimagines a Medical School as a “Learning Playground” in Hong Kong

the pastel peach zone of a lobby for a medical university

“Designing for a school is also designing for the future of education,” explains Nuno Da Silva Tang, of Atelier Nuno Architects. The Hong Kong-based firm recently completed a new lobby space for the medical campus of a university, which lacked a dedicated space for the students to come together. In Hong Kong, where there is a “constant struggle for space,” this element was all the more needed. Parallel to the sofa, four meeting rooms, a pantry, and a locker area blend together into a fluid peach-colored zone. Read more about this peachy-keen lobby.

19. Kendo’s San Francisco Office by Garcia Tamjidi

oversized lipsticks form an installation on the pink wall of an office

In an office by Garcia Tamjidi in San Francisco, California, meeting rooms for Kendo’s celebrity brands include vinyl wall covering of ad campaign photography featuring Kat Von D and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty products, the latter matched with a chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Read more about this beauty office.

20. Sean Knibb and Michael Hsu-Designed LINE Hotel “Keeps Austin Weird”

a hotel seating area with pastel pink walls and baby blue sofas

For all its bars, day spas, and barbecue joints, Los Angeles’s Koreatown lacked panache. All that changed with the Sydell Group’s flagship LINE LA hotel, which gave Sean Knibb, until then a landscape designer, entry into the hospitality world. For the brand’s third property, LINE Austin, Knibb, collaborating with local architect Michael Hsu, had a different mandate entirely. No sense of place was needed. Highlighting the versatility of pastel interior design, this space masterfully combines soft hues with modern aesthetics. Read more about this Austin hotel.

21. Wolcott Creates a Greenhouse Vibe for Los Angeles Florist Bouqs

pastel painted niches are found in the office of Bouqs

Uprooting Venice origins for its growing staff of 60, online florist Bouqs relocated to a 14,000-square-foot brick and glass bow-truss building in Marina del Rey, California. Enviable for the bones, but with inherent challenges. Ultimately, they posed no sweat to Wolcott designer Andie Chang. Seen here, custom tulip-inspired pendants light a trio of pastel-painted niches. Read more about this funky floral company’s office.

22. For Sivantos Group’s Singapore HQ, PLH Arkitekter Draws Inspiration From Sound Waves

an office cafeteria with chairs in a range of pastels

When Sivantos needed a new corporate headquarters for its 600 employees in Singapore, it enlisted PLH Arkitekter to transform three floors of 143,000 raw square feet. Break-out areas throughout the open office are anchored by built-in seating upholstered in fabric ranging from teal to coral. Shown here, chairs in the cafeteria host a more pastel palette of pinks, yellows, and greens. Read more about this Singapore HQ with a range of pastels.

23. Atelier de Yavorsky Dreams Up Antidote, a Design-Inspired Womenswear Boutique in Miami

a white backdrop sets the stage for a range of pastel accents and furniture at this boutique

Building a narrative around womenswear boutique Antidote‘s commitment to sustainability—its tagline is “where conscious meets desirable”—Atelier de Yavorsky enlisted a fresh pastel palette and such natural materials as concrete, copper, and oak. Read more about Antidote’s pastel palette.

24. Quinto Architects Creates a Comfort Zone for Cairo Moms with The Cloud

a pastel pink reception area with a cloudlike pendant

Mothers deserve a little pampering no matter where they live, and Cairo-based Quinto Architects is making things a little easier for local moms with The Cloud. Located in the city’s bustling Heliopolis district, The Cloud complex incorporates a lounge/co-working space, kids’ area, yoga studio, spa, hair salon, and locker room with a distinctly rosy palette designed to appeal to millennial mothers. Read more about the rosy reception at this multiuse space.

Looking for more pastel interior design inspiration or just love a room with bold colors? Take a look at these other colorful stories: 9 Perfectly Pastel Seats, A Sugary Pink Palette Enlivens a Donut Shop, LinkedIn’s Midwest HQ Captures the Spirit of the City

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