This Chic Pastel Trend Is Anything But Barbie

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Powdery pink and purple pastels are having a moment in the design world and it's not difficult to see why. Soft, pretty, and surprisingly versatile, pink and purple pastels are a savvy way to bring a pop of color into just about any style of space. From a cool trash bin to geometric storage bowls and more, scroll down for seven decor accents that show why pale purple and pink will reign supreme this season.

1. HAY Perforated Bin, $35

Nothing updates a drab room faster than an attractive trashcan. This perforated bin features hundreds of tiny cutouts and a powder-coated lavender finish that ensures it's every bit as stylish as it is functional.

2. Marcel Baer Iris Bowl, $36

The only thing better than a functional bowl is a good-looking geometrical one. This powder-coated pink pastel bowl is designed to provide air circulation when storing fruit, and looks just as good empty as it does in use.

3. Solid Viscose Rug, ​$399

Looking for an easy way to modernize your space without breaking your bank account? An eye-catching rug composed of pale pink hues brings a touch of texture and flair to any style of room.

4. Candy Skies by Jessica Cardelucci Nugent, $150

A little pastel-colored art goes a long way in a room. This candy-colored print features a dreamy pastel palette that instantly energizes a space without messing up a minimalist vibe.

5. CYLO Pastel Power Strip, $30

If you thought there was no such thing as a trendy power strip then it's time to think again. This adorable pastel power strip will quickly brighten up an unsightly cord station and is available in lilac, mint, and pink.

6. Creeves Barrel Chair, $339.99

Prefer your seating with a bit more pizazz? This charming barrel chair comes clad in pink-lilac velvet upholstery that creates as eye-catching display in any room.

7. CB2 Curvo Pink Velvet Sofa, $1,999

You can always count on a pastel-hued sofa to make a statement in a living room. This midcentury-inspired sofa is dressed in pale pink velvet upholstery (and was designed by none other than Gwyneth Paltrow to boot).


Caroline Biggs is a writer living in New York City. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Apartment Therapy, Refinery 29, and more.

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