The word “pastel” as we know it is originally an art term (of course). It technically is the term for a powdered pigment stick (or chalks) in a binder. The most widely used form of pastels is a “soft pastel” which is a crayon that can be easily smudged and whose colors are bright. Pastel techniques can be challenging since the medium is mixed and blended directly on the working surface, and unlike in paints, colors cannot be tested on a palette before applying to the media. The pastel form was first mentioned by Leonardo da Vinci (who apparently invented and discovered EVERYTHING) in 1495. Because the use of pastel and term has become so colloquial and ubiquitous – IT HAS BECOME AN ADJECTIVE – pastels can now mean any color that is pale in color and saturated in a low hue. Let us hop into the candy-colored, cake-frosted world of pastels (encompassing several art forms):
Wayne Thiebaud “Cakes and a Counter,” 1963, National Gallery of Art
THE ABOVE IMAGE IS A PHOTOGRAPH AND REPLICA OF THE THIEBAUD PAINTING. The Inspiration: “Cakes,” by American artist Wayne Thiebaud, 1963. Williams Freeman’s sugary spread is virtually identical to the original. Image found via Martha Stewart Weddings, HERE.
Wayne Thiebaud Pies, Pies, Pies 1961. Oil on canvas 20 x 30 in (50.8 x 76.2 cm) Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento.
Mary Cassatt, Sleepy Baby, 1910
Ian Davenport,”Puddle Painting: White”, 2008
Ian Davenport, Prismatic Diptych (Ghost), 2011, Colour etching diptych on Hahnemühle Bright White 300 gsm paper
I find these muted hues extremely calming, almost bordering on earth tones (on that note, it is said that technically cave paintings could be considered pastels). My bedroom is in a pastel, sage green so that I can feel relaxed before the sandman visits. A pastel color palette feels cozy and inviting. It also allows your home to be in a perennial spring!
Why not live inside of an Easter Egg Shell? Image found HERE.
I am showing this even though I am not the biggest fan of slipcovers. To each his own pastel! Image found at InteriorHolic, HERE.
Image found at House To Home, HERE.
Photographer Deborah Whitalw Llewellyn found via Coastal Living, HERE.
Add a little touch of Versailles to your life! Image found at the Shelterness, HERE.
A dessert colored palette readymade in your kitchen. Who wouldn’t want to be a baker living in this? Image found HERE.
The colors and the glass jars transport me to 1920’s Italy. This image hails form a GELATO THEMED BRIDAL SHOWER found at Ruffled, HERE.
Pastel living room found HERE.
I get that this isn’t TECHNICALLY interior design, but I actually could not resist. Photo by Camilla Lindqvist.
Image designed by Behr Paints, exact colors and image details found HERE.
Image found HERE.
Pastel meets crochet meets Art Deco, found HERE.
NOW HOW CAN YOU LIVE IN A VAT OF FROSTING?