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It’s spring – time to upgrade to pastel interiors

Although we’re experiencing a cold spell this week, most people’s mind are set on embracing a warm and sunny Easter. This is the biggest DIY and home improvement weekend of the year and thousands of homeowners will undertake maintenance jobs, initiate new projects and fix old DIY mistakes.

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For decorating, now it’s time to brighten up the interior, bring light into the home and wash those dusty curtains. Instead of going for the usual minimalist tones of beige and white to open up a space, pastels are making a leap forward, as seen on the Louis Vuitton and Prada catwalks. Pastels reflect light and look more playful than its clinical colour cousins.

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Although pastels can be dangerous territory, partly because it’s too feminine, partly because an interior risks looking like it’s been dipped in coloured cotton candy, it can create a calm and airy look if done right. Vanessa Bruno’s flat above (first pic), is where pastels come into their own, whereas a Grease-inspired interior will be on the wrong side of retro. For kitchens, look to Smeg’s vintage-looking appliances which are as curvy as Marilyn Monroe. You might be forgiven if you go all out with a baby blue fridge and cream-coloured dishwasher, they can only inspire cooking and cake baking.

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Be careful of mixing pastel colours that are too dominant. While a peppermint and straw painted wall might be a good look in theory, it produces a very overpowering look that can be difficult to match with furniture and soft furnishings, unless you keep the rest of the interior white. On the flipside, if you’re not sure if these soft sorbet shades will work for you, invest in accent pieces such as cushions, lamp shades and rugs. They will inject a small doses of pastel into your interior, but never take over in such a way as a wall or a sofa might do.

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Whether you’re looking to change the colour of your walls, lay new floors, paint the exterior of your property or clean the gutters we’ve got a tradesman for you. Post your job on RatedPeople.com and up to 3 quality, local tradesmen will get in touch to quote. You can read their previous customer reviews and get a grasp of which tradesman will be the right one for you. When they job’s been completed, don’t forget to rate!

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